Stress not only affects us mentally but definitely influences our bodies in a physical way. What is it about stress that can wreck such havoc in our bodies? Psychology Today Magazine says, "the stress hormone, cortisol, is public health enemy number one. Elevated cortisol levels interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease…The list goes on and on."
Our bodies are set up to respond to stress in a certain way. When we encounter a perceived threat (stress is included since the body can't distinguish if it is an actual threat), the fight-or-flight response kicks in and causes the body to release adrenaline and cortisol. The increased level of these hormones enables the body to "escape" the encountered threat and once out of danger, the hormone levels return to normal.
But what if the so called "threat" never goes away? What happens when our bodies remain in a constant state of stress? The body remains in fight-or-flight mode continuously and the increased exposure of these hormones disrupt the body’s normal function.
So what can we do to de-stress?
- Eat live foods that provide our bodies with nutrients and energy
- Use this increased energy for exercise – an article in Time Magazine says "short bursts of exercise are just as good for you, perhaps better"
- Practice EFT (emotional freedom technique) - also known as "tapping"
- Visualization - Jon Gabriel has a very unique mind-body approach (geared toward weight loss but can be used in any application)
How can thermography help reduce stress? Thermography is a test of physiology - the study of how our cells, organs, and muscles interact. Thermography serves as an early health risk assessment tool. Knowing how well your body is functioning can guide you to make necessary lifestyle changes that ultimately lead to optimal health and reduced stress.
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P.S. Since desserts do make everyone happy and therefore a little less stressed, I thought I would post a healthy dessert recipe from Dr. Veronique Desaulniers. With all of the delicious summer fruit ripe for picking, this berry crumble seemed the perfect choice.
Summer Berry Crumble
Place 2 cups of organic strawberries and 2 cups of organic blueberries at the bottom of a glass dish.
1 cup almond flour
1 cup almonds
1 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp vanilla
Sweeten to taste with Stevia or Xylitol
Mix thoroughly and sprinkle over the berries.
Bake at 375 until the topping begins to brown, about 15 – 20 minutes.
Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!