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It doesn’t take rocket science to know as a population, Americans are incredibly stressed. Roughly 77% of Americans report physical symptoms related to stress. At least one-third of Americans experience extreme levels of stress on a regular basis. About one in five have high levels of stress, fifteen or more days per month. So, what are WE doing about it? What are YOU doing about it? Apparently, not enough.
Stress or being stressed is one of the chief complaints that bring people in to see their primary care doctor. Chronic, uncontrolled stress drives our cravings for sugar and other less-than-awesome foods and beverages. When you increase or abuse stimulants (such as caffeine), you add insult to injury. Having a daily cup or two of organic coffee or tea is fine; they both contain robust anti-oxidants. But when we do too much caffeine, it can send an already overtaxed, overcharged, and over-stimulated nervous system into overdrive. When this happens, your adrenal glands respond by producing excessive levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Chronic stress and high cortisol levels have a direct effect on mood and optimism. Excess cortisol in the body shuts down serotonin; and when serotonin drops, risk of depression increases. High cortisol and excess stress also shut down the hormone melatonin. This may explain why we don’t sleep well when we’re under a lot of stress or when we overdo it with sugar. This lack of sleep prevents us from making GH (growth hormone), which is produced mainly while we are engaged in deep sleep.
Being “too busy” is one of the primary reasons most of us don’t want to actually “deal with” our stress, yet there are fairly simple and effective ways to de-stress your life through prudent and empowering lifestyle and dietary choices.
Awareness is the first step towards recognition that stress may be affecting your life. Action is what it is going to take to make a difference. The combination of meditation, clean eating and exercise each morning before you go out and give to the world is a powerful gift that you can give yourself and others.
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