Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Nature's Stress Reliever

"Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness."
-- modified from Edward Stanley (1826-1893) from The Conduct of Life

Facial expression of fear from Charles Darwin's The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.

Since this month is stress month I thought I'd elaborate more on what stress can do to your body and what Mother Nature has given us to combat this nefarious affliction.

First, what it does:

When we’re under stress, the ‘fight or flight’ response is triggered in our bodies, leading to the release of cortisol and other stress hormones. Our body assumes we are in danger and either fights for its life or runs in the opposite direction. We experience a burst of energy, shifts in metabolism and blood flow, along with other changes. If you remain in this state for a prolonged period (chronic stress) your health is at risk. Aside from a host of other dangers, chronic stress can cause weight gain.

So, you ask, what do I do?

Simple. You move. That's right. Mother Nature gave us legs to combat stress.

Thousands of years ago, Hippocrates said that the mind and body were connected, and that to effectively treat a disorder, you must first treat the heart; which at the time was believed to be the center of emotion. Recent science has discovered a hormone called atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) produced by the heart that helps put the brakes on the body’s stress response. This hormone is secreted by heart muscle when we exercise and helps lower stress by modulating the fight-or-flight response caused by the hypothalamus and other parts of the brain. And yes, more is better. As our heart rate increases, so does ANP production and stress levels are subsequently reduced.

So the answer is simple, but maybe execution is the problem. Feeling lackluster? Need motivation? Energy? Focus? Bios Life E contains Chi-Oka Matcha, a special blend of antioxidants and premium matcha green tea to provide you with the energy, motivation, and focus you need to change your life!

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