SUPER HEALTH AND A SUPER LIFE - ARE YOU READY?

Solutions - Stress, Anxiety, Depression

The word Stress originates from the French - Estrece, meaning Narrow, Constricting or Limiting.

Think about the last time you were very stressed. Probable the thing you wanted to do most was just remove yourself from the situation. Your thinking is limited and your capacity to make logical decisions is diminished. That is why the stressed out student or parent or business executive is not as successful as that person has a right to expect.

Signs that stress maybe reaching damaging levels are: Outbursts of aggression, tendency towards mistakes, irritability, feeling consistently glum, hostility, problems with concentration and easily distracted, time urgency, tiredness, muscle tension.

Prolonged Negative Stress triggers a cascade of Chemical Reactions in the Brain.

Prolonged Stress limits your possibilities and locks you into Alarm Mode with a subsequent outpouring of Cortisol and Adrenalin that can be very damaging in the long term. Cortisol fights inflammation and controls protein and sugar metabolism. Cortisol also helps to control muscle tension.

Too much stress and seesawing cortisol causes a problem in part of the brain known as the Hippocampus. The result is fragile emotions and memory.

Prolonged elevated adrenalin can cause a narrowing of capillaries, raised blood pressure, increased clumping of platelets so as a consequence, increased possibility of embolism and stroke or heart attack.

The onslaught of SUGAR IS CAUSING HUGE CHEMICAL STRESSORS TO OCCUR. Too much sugar magnifies adrenalin. Sugar increases Calcium and decreases phosphorus. Minerals work in tandem and assist enzymatic action.

At the start of the 20th century the annual consumption per capita of sugar was 4kgs. Now it is 55kgs.

Prolonged stress leads to anxiety and agitation. Often the next step is that "can't cope-feeling", which can be a prelude to depression.

  • 800,000 people in Australia cannot function in today's society because of depression eg cannot work.
  • 6,000,000 days of work lost annually
  • 12,000,000 days of Reduced Productivity
  • Depression now ranks as the uppermost cause of non fatal disease burden on the Australian Tax Payer.

Depression is a common marker for cardiovascular disease and may increase diabetic complications and osteoporosis. People with depression should have their Homocysteine Levels checked. In my opinion this can be a more accurate clinical marker for Heart Disease in some cases than Cholesterol.

Solutions

You must learn to be Proactive not Reactive. Set little goals and make little wins straight away - Break the Negative Cycle.

Make a promise to yourself that you will take something positive from every negative situation - YOU WILL GROW STRONGER

So that you will not be swept away by daily stressors, anchor yourself to a positive format such as those outlined in my books and CD's:

100% Alive & Happy

Learn to relax in traffic. Heart attacks are now 2.6 times more prevalent for people stuck in traffic every day than for those who aren't. Play the 100% Alive & Happy CD's.

Learn to engage in Respectful Listening and Talking with eye contact with someone you love. This establishes a special mental connection where your needs and those you love can be met.

Learn to use touch to set a Sensory Cue to RELAX - THE ONE FINGER EXERCISE!

Reduce reliance on Stimulants such as tea and coffee.

Flick switch from hibernation to active each morning with exercise and proper breakfast including protein that will balance blood sugars for the day ahead and make you less likely to succumb to sugary junk foods.

Learn the antidote for Hurry Sickness - Chapter 3 - 100% Alive & Happy.

The frantic pace of the world today has shredded community bonding. Join a group of like minded individuals. The old African saying - It takes an entire village to raise one well adjusted child - raises a very significant point. The fences we erect around us in suburbia symbolise what we do to the bonding that should take place in our every day lives.

Learn the role of nutrients in GOOD MENTAL HEALTH particularly Omega 3 Fatty Acids and S - adenoyslmethionine. It is interesting that people living on the island of Okinawa in the sea of Japan have both low rates of depression and heart disease. One reason might be that their diet is high in fish which delivers high rates of Omega 3 Fatty Acids that combats INFLAMMATION.

I AM CONVINCED THAT A LOT OF DEPRESSION IS REALLY STRESS RELATED INFLAMMATION.

LEARN THE TWELVE STEPS THAT ACT AS A REALITY CHECK AGAINST THE HURLY BURLY OF EVERY DAY LIFE! (Chapter 20. OF MY BOOK 100% Alive & Happy).

DISCLAIMER: This information is of a general nature only. As each person reacts differently, the information must not be acted upon without a face to face consultation with your chosen Health Practitioner.

Stephen Zemek ND BN

To make an appointment at either my Brisbane or Sunshine Coast Clinic, please telephone +61 4 2878 9103.

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