In life, we experience a multitude of emotions ranging from positive to negative. What a lot of us don’t realize is that each emotion that we experience makes a profound impact on our health as well as our psyche.
Stress is one of the factors that affects us emotionally and physically. Stress will cause the chain of the biochemical reactions in a our body. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA or HTPA axis), also known as the limbic-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (LHPA axis) and, occasionally, as thehypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-gonadotropic axis, is a complex set of direct influences and feedback interactions among the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland (a pea-shaped structure located below the hypothalamus), and the adrenal (also called “suprarenal”) glands (small, conical organs on top of the kidneys).
The interactions among these organs constitute the HPA axis, a major part of the neuroendocrine system that controls reactions to stress and regulates many body processes, includingdigestion, the immune system, mood and emotions, sexuality, and energy storage and expenditure. A wide variety of species, from the most ancient organisms to humans, share components of the HPA axis. It is the common mechanism for interactions among glands, hormones, and parts of the midbrain that mediate the general adaptation syndrome.
The steroids that are released from the adrenal glands during stress ends up growing the body fat; this fat is also referred to as: “belly fat”, “muffin top”, and “pooch”. The medical term would be an “adipose tissue”.
As part of the life cycle, we are continually burning energy and aging; however, being under stress expedites these changes in our bodies. Stress becomes an environmental toxin that causes damage and increase oxidant levels which results in slowing down our bodies’ cells and repair mechanisms. This ultimately leads to a prolonged aging process that appears on our face and body.
So what should a person do to help decrease the long term effects of stress on our body in a non-evasive manner?
1. Keep hydrated.
As we get older, we tend to lean away from drinking lots of water. But did you know that it only takes 10% of dehydration for your metabolism to slow down. When your metabolism slows down, unnecessary weight gain occurs.
2. Take lukewarm showers.
A lot of people don’t enjoy hearing this one, especially if they are addicted to taking nice hot showers. But, taking hot showers strips away the fat barrier from your skin; therefore leading to dry and crackling skin. Also, another thing that we recommend is that if your muscles are inflamed, taking a hot shower is the last thing that you want to do. Why? Because think of it this way, when your muscles are inflamed, you don’t have to touch your skin to feel the heat dissipating. You can’t put out a fire with fire, correct? With that being said, when you take a hot shower with inflamed muscles, you will feel good for about an hour or so; but we all know that feeling is only temporary. Therefore, when taking a lukewarm to cold showers, not only you are preserving your skin but you are also reducing the muscle inflammation.
3. Vitamin A versus Vitamin E
Vitamin A, also known as Retinol, is a vitamin combined with Retinal and 4 Carotenes including Beta Carotene. Vitamin A has been scientifically proven to increase chemicals that reverse wrinkles!
Vitamin E, also known as Tocopherol, is a vitamin combined with 8 Fat Soluble Compounds including Tocotrienol. Scientific studies have shown that people that take Vitamin E supplements do add longevity to their lives. Although, Vitamin E is good for you, however, the best form to consume Vitamin E is through food such as almonds, wheat germ, and avocado instead of the pill form.
The extension cord of your brain is your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is encased inside of your spine that is made of up 24 articulating bones known as your vertebra (vertebrae). The extension of your spinal cord are your spinal nerves that protrude from in-between each vertebra. The spinal nerves encompass your entire body, attaching itself to muscles, tissues, and organs. This is referred to as the body’s “information highway.”
When your vertebra is misaligned, it causes a misalignment which applies pressure and results in nerve interference.
Remember, the brain expresses stress to your adrenal glands and your adrenals glands delivers the expression throughout your entire body. The 9th nerve in your thoracic is the nerve that supplies your adrenal glands. If there is an interruption of communication between the brain and your adrenal glands during stress, it could lead to other more serious health related problems
By seeing a Doctor of Chiropractic, this nerve interference can be resolved and maintained to ensure that your body is working at its maximum.
As people, we identify stress to be a normal part of life while ignoring the serious effects that it can cause to our body. The term stress should not be limited to the definition as outside or environmental factors; for our body also experience stress when we are not feeling well due to a cold. Always bear in mind, that how you handle and overcome stress will become apparent on your body.