Saturday, September 19, 2009
*NEWSFLASH* Stress is bad for your health
No, really, and this is why. Everyday stressors cause us to constantly secrete stress hormones which are really meant for acute events like a car crash, a lion chasing us down, getting mugged, etc... The release of these hormones suppresses our higher functions and over time the chronic release of these hormones can wreak havoc on our systems like digestion (any one got an ulcer), reproduction (corporate ladies having trouble getting pregnant), liver function (cholesterol), immune function (autoimmune diseases, allergies, cancer, etc, etc, etc). When in fight or flight mode these functions are not necessary. When we live our lives in fight or flight mode there are dramatic tradeoffs. To hear more about this phenomenon have a look at Robert Sapalskys' website.