STRESS is the Root of All Evil. by Eric Kerr, L.Ac.
Stress makes you fat. Stress contributes to premature aging. Stress can negatively affect your sex life.
Even if you think you can handle the daily stressors that life throws your way, both short and long-term stress are wreaking havoc on your body.
Signs that you are stressed:
-Lack of motivation
-Loss of concentration
-Increased Alcohol Consumption
Stress can also cause more severe medical conditions:
-Frequent Colds and Flus
-Elevated blood pressure
-Elevated heart rate at rest
-Sexual problems (lack of desire, erectile dysfunction, or premature ejaculation)
When we are stressed, our bodies go into a state of “Fight or Flight,” which is regulated by the Sympathetic nervous system. Our heart rate increases, muscles tense up, our hearing is sharpened – We are completely alert.
The Adrenaline starts pumping through our veins and our Cortisol levels go up. All this helps to increase our odds of survival in times of acute stress – like being chased by a lion.
Because our bodies redirect all of the resources away from the Digestive and Immune Systems in order to deal with the perceived threat, we ideally don’t want to be in this state for too long. Once the danger or acute stressor has passed, the Parasympathetic nervous system returns us to a state of “Rest and Digest.”