Natural Health & Wellness Center "Beyond Holistic"

Natural Health & Wellness Center "Beyond Holistic"
NH&WC "Beyond Holistic" LLC

Natural Health - Wellness Center' Beyond Holistic' LLC

Natural Health - Wellness Center' Beyond Holistic' LLC

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Why Stress is Detrimental?

Antoaneta Sawyer, Ph.D.

We all know that stress is quite detrimental to the human body. One of the main scientific explanations behind this statement is that stress promotes lipid peroxidation in the liver. The human body is well-designed to handle temporary spikes of physical and emotional stress, but how much and how long and in what way stress affects human health varies from person to person. .
Chronic emotional stress can dramatically increase risk of heart attack, stroke, and even cancer, as when people are stressed, their cardiovascular, nervous, hormonal and endocrine systems work in partnership to cope, provoking quick narrowing of vessels, increasing the rate of blood coagulation, causing irregular heartbeats, and building up arterial plaque. Under stress, adrenal hormones induce the release of fat and sugar into the blood to be used for immediate energy supply (Bjorntorp, 2001; Bjorntorp & Rosmond, 2000).
Stress disrupts normal hormonal levels, influencing immune system strength and eating habits (Innes, Vincent & Taylor, 2007). People who are not able to handle stress well show high blood sugar and decreased release of insulin from the pancreas (Viner, Mc Grath & Trudinger, 1996).
Extreme emotional stress (grief, anger, worry, fear) can cause the “broken heart syndrome “(BHS), also known as cardiomyopathy (Innes et al., 2007).
Stress and disease connection is topic that is researched quite extensively in the scientific literature (Dunbar et al., 2008). Dyslipidemia and mainly lipid peroxidation play an important role in metabolic syndrome development. Oxidative stress has been implicated in the accelerated atherosclerosis and microvascular complications of diabetes mellitus (Cameron & Cotter, 1993; Lyons, 1993), and can result in widespread DNA cellular damage (Halliwell, 1994). Central to atherosclerosis main pathogenesis combined with an earlier endothelial dysfunction is believed to be an oxidative damage of the LDL cholesterol (Lyons, 1993). Clots may easily block an artery already narrowed by plaque, resulting in a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, or aortic dissection.
In a recent study, scientists restrained mice, what induced serious level of stress in these animals. After 28 hours of being restraint, blood levels of the key liver enzyme ALT increase. At the same time the level of stress reduced their blood's ability to neutralize toxic free radicals. It is already well known that bilberries and blueberries can prevent macular degeneration. In this mice study was found that these little juicy fruits can assure help not only for macular prevention but also in chronic stress. When the researchers fed the mice bilberry extract, the oxidative stress improved and they showed smaller rises in the liver alanine aminotransferase (ALT) than the mice that didn't eat the bilberry. Moreover, the key chemical marker-- malondialdehyde, was significantly lower in the bilberry supplemented groups.
Because stress can be a contributing factor for multiple degenerative diseases, meditation and relaxation techniques may also be very helpful. These can be practiced in conjunction with, or independent of, daily exercise or a yoga session. Yoga Journal offers several descriptions of specific meditation exercises. Some exercises involve deep breathing; others simply involve sitting quietly and either focusing on a specific thought, or letting go of all thoughts. Meditation is an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety, but should be practiced on a regular basis in order to achieve lasting benefits.
People who practice meditation and yoga are able to control and manage stress better than those who do not practice. It is noted that people who change their total lifestyle strategy and who use stress management relaxing techniques are able to control metabolic syndrome much better than those who only change their diets. Stress management techniques can improve long-term glycemic control in Type 2 diabetes (Surwit et al., 2002).
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