Sometimes, it appears as if “stress” is the cause of all that ails us. Stress is the most covered topic today in the health and fitness category across all major media. After listening to and reading all the information out there, one could conclude that stress is to blame for nearly every health problem. Stress is the new smoking. Everyone is talking about what it is and how we can get rid of it.
Feeling physically ill? Stress. Not sleeping? Stress. Low sex drive? Stress. Forgetting things? Stress. Feeling depressed? Stress. Eating, drinking, smoking? Stress. Stress. Stress.
Is there such a thing of good stress?
Not all stress is bad for you. Sometimes stress can makes things happen, move forward, grow and develop. This type of stress is called ,” eustress”. The adrenaline rush that an athlete gets before a sprint or the unexplainable strength that enables people to escape tragic circumstances, are examples of eustress.
Distress, on the other hand, whether physical, chemical or emotional, can be extremely destructive. Distress, is any influence that causes or leads to malfunction and, therefore, is involved in all disease. When not addressed properly, this type of stress can ruin one’s mental, emotional and physical health.
It is very true that stress can make us ill, weaken our immune systems, make it hard to manage our emotions, damage our relationships, cause us to drink, smoke and use substances. Stress can accelerate aging, impair our memory, and keep us awake at night. Stress causes mood swings, triggers anxiety, depression, and anger. It interferes with energy levels, concentration and our sex life.
It is true that millions of us feel that stress is just something we have to live with and can’t be improved upon, we know this is not the case.
Stress does certainly play a major role in overall health and well-being, but it is the “context” in which
we must understand and define stress, to effectively manage it.
Helping us adapt and overcome stress requires conscious effort and lifestyle changes.
Stress and Nerve Integrity
One consequence from stress is what it does to the nervous system. Stress, whether its physical, chemical or emotional has been associated with triggering interference within the nervous system. Physical, chemical and emotional stressors can overload the nervous system (like too much voltage coming through your circuit breaker box tripping the circuit breaker) causing vertebra to shift and lock on nerves, thus interfering with vital messages transmitted through the nerves. When vertebrae interfere with the brain’s ability to properly communicate to a particular body part, cells, tissues or organs will begin to malfunction, resulting in an organic state of disorder, and eventual disease. The term used to describe this interference caused by a bone interfering with the transmission of nerve flow and causing bodily malfunction is termed, “ Vertebral Subluxation”. Vertebral Subluxations, caused by these stressors, have been associated with many of the health conditions people suffer from every day. One of several key components within the Core 4 To Wellness Lifestyle Program is to help the body adapt and manage the effects of stress by locating and reducing Vertebral Subluxations. This assists the body in restoring nervous system integrity and manage stress related effects on the body .
Core 4 To Wellness Lifestyle: Stress Reduction Program
Two Types Of Stress: External / Internal Stressors
When we think about stress, we often think only about external stressors such as traffic jams, physical injury, financial worries, arguments at home or work, etc.
A few examples of external stress:
- Running into a bear in the woods
- Being yelled at by your boss
- An argument with your significant other
- Getting cut off in traffic
- Your house catches on fire
- Financial difficulties
- Fear, worry, anxiety
In the Core 4 to Wellness Lifestyle Program, we will work as a team to help identify, manage and reduce external stressors.
Common Approaches include:
- Time Management
- Better Sleep Patterns
- Lifestyle Changes
- Exercise, Yoga
- Support Groups
- Stress Reduction Information
- Stress Workshops
Core 4 to Wellness Lifestyle Program “Advanced Stress Reduction”
Advanced Stress Reduction: The Internal (HIDDEN) Stressors
Besides the external stress we experience every day, there is something called internal stress or what we call the HIDDEN stressors. These include stress or dysfunction in relation to Hormone, Immune, Digestion, Detoxification, Environmental, and Nervous / Neurotransmitter systems.
Internal stressors and dysfunctions are, for the most part, hidden and go overlooked, while external stressors are easy to see and get the focus of our attention. Yet, it is the hidden stressors that are at the root of common health problems today.
Examples of internal stress:
- parasitic infections
- nutrient deficiencies
- heavy metal toxicity
- poor digestion, absorption, or assimilation
- yeast overgrowth and biofilm
- hormonal imbalances
Core 4 to Wellness Lifestyle Program Advanced Stress Reduction Testing
- Adrenal Stress Index / Hormonal Profile
- Organic Acid Profile / Detoxification
- Stool Analysis
- Intestinal Permeability / Intestinal Repair
- Managing, reducing and eliminating these stressors are an integral part of the Core 4 to Wellness Lifestyle Program. In doing so you can be assured your body is optimally prepared to allow you to live out a healthy active lifestyle. Set your goals on keeping stress to the minimum so you can live life to the maximum. The Core 4 to Wellness Lifestyle Program can help you do just that.