Stress happens. It’s unavoidable. But what is really happening inside of us and what can we do to mitigate its damaging effects? That is exactly what we hope to teach you in honor of stress awareness month!
Slowly Coming Around to Fasting
You say chee•lay•shun, I say kee•lay•shun. For whatever reason, that first pronunciation makes me think of Chia Pets and that catchy song “Ch-ch-ch-chia” (you can thank me later for sticking that in your head for the day). But the second, and correct, pronunciation makes me think of a “key” to detoxification and to your overall health. Now that sounds like something worth talking about.
The Heart of the Matter
Have you heard that a glass of wine can actually be healthy for you? Every wonder why? Wine is high in a nutrient called resveratrol. Resveratrol is produced by plants to help protect them from microbial attacks and environmental stresses and is found in the skins of grapes as well as mulberries, cranberries, blueberries, and peanuts (see figure 1)10. Interestingly enough, it is also high in Polygonacea which has been used by traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine to treat atherosclerosis and other inflammatory diseases1.
I have been practicing medicine for over 23 years. While I have always known that stress can affect health, it has only been in the last few years that I have come to the realization that chronic stress is probably the main determinant of “dis-ease.”
What’s your stress level right now? On a scale from 1-10. Are you resting at a comfortable 2, or are the kiddos running around and the dog just threw-up pushing you into an 8? Stress is a normal part of being alive, but did you know that consistent high levels of stress can impact your weight?
Exercise is good for us. There are numerous studies extolling its benefits.1 Understandably, one of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to exercise more. However, for some, exercise is a four-letter word. We know that it’s good for us, but it can be boring, tedious, time-consuming, or downright painful. Some might even have a genetic propensity to hate it.2 Thankfully, your genes aren’t your destiny and perhaps it’s time for a new perspective in the new year.
Perhaps I should have started with these issues as they are more straight-forward, but I am roughly going in order of what is most common (although, by no means creating a comprehensive list). As you will see, understanding how hormones, stress and circadian rhythms work (see Part 1 if you missed it) will help you understand just how serious the #1 obesity-related sleep problem is!
The common cold and influenza are infections of the respiratory tract caused by a variety of viruses. Given that fact, antibiotics are not useful for treating these infections. Currently, there are no antiviral medications indicated for use in the common cold.