Sunday, August 30, 2020

Wellness: Cortisol and Stress

If you follow me, you know I love Suzanne Somers.  

Suzanne has been on the forefront of American medicine and teaching us how keep ourselves healthy practically her entire career.

But what I find most interesting about Suzanne's teachings is that as she aged and her body changed, she had to dig deeper and find more answers.  Suzanne met with top doctors around the world and went on to write many helpful books concerning subjects such as cancer, aging, and hormones.

Lately, I am re-digging (yes, I think that may be a word!) into her book, "Slim and Sexy Forever."  It is a combo-like book, taking two of her former books and bringing them together.  To summarize, it talks about how - to life a healthy life - we must keep our hormones balanced and yet - at the same time - eat a balance diet.  The two must work hand in hand.

There was so much meat in this book, that I am going through it a second time during my morning readings and taking down notes in my Evernote app.  (I love the Evernote app because I can type in it on my laptop but then pull it up via my phone if I want to read the notes, add to them. or create new ones.)  I've made my appt. with a local D.O. doctor to get my hormones balanced, and I want to make sure I am well versed on everything I will be hearing and learning going forth on this new journey.

As I was reading this morning, I found my self not only taking notes, but also scribbling and marking in the book throughout an interview Suzanne had with Dr. Michael Galitzer.  Dr. Galitzer is one of America's top physicians.  His specialty is natural hormone replacement and antiaging medicine.  He treats both men (yes, men need this information too!) and women of all ages who are looking for an edge relative to their health.

In the interview, there is a lot of medical information to digest about how our bodies handle cortisol (one of the two major hormones we possess) and the effects stress can have on it.  Dr. Galitzer spoke about how to handle stress, and I loved what he said.

Since we all have stress intertwined in our lives, I wanted to share what he said.  Of course, most of this is common sense, but somehow reading it from a doctor makes it more concrete and directional - right?

Please take a few more minutes out of your Sunday to read the dialog below.  I hope it will create in you a gentle reminder to slow down and refocus on the important things in life:

"SS:  It seems crazy that as a society we have chosen to live such stressful lives that we are putting this kind of stress on our bodies' abilities to function properly.  How do we get back on track?

MG:  We need to look inside of ourselves and realize that there are three main causes of chronic stress:

(1) When we have long-term unhealthy beliefs that cause us to perceive life events as "dangers," and thus trigger an alarm response;

(2) When we have persistent deprivation of our emotional need for "bonding" or closeness;

(3) When we don't get enough of our psychological needs met, in our daily lives, that are unique to our specific personality.  Some of us need to have fun and excitement; others need  acknowledgment of our values; other need acknowledgment of our ability to think clearly and logically; other people need solitude; and some of us need to be richly stimulated.

Instead, we work too much.  People are driven by this desire to make more and more money.  That puts us in a defense mode.  One of the things we have to do is slow down.  I try and tell my patients to breathe deeply, to try meditation, to do yoga, to take vacations.  Laughter is important as a de-stressor.  Rest.  Go to bed early.  All of these things are very simple but at present, antithetical to the way we are living our lives.  I think people work because it's an area where you can define yourself and you can find satisfaction.  It's great to do something you are really good at doing.  It gives you a feeling of worthiness.  But at the same time, overworking is not honoring your body.  In the end, you don't win because it keeps you in a very closed, locked-out mode that is ultimately not in your best interest.  The goal in life, in every aspect, is balance.  And always remember that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!

If you'd like to learn more about how our bodies work and are so precisely fine-tuned, you can purchase a copy of Suzanne's book below.  This post is not to promote a sale or selling of anything - I write from my heart and with what I feel God lays on me each day.  I share the link below only to those that may be interested in learning more.

Have a great Sunday my friends! 

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