We will be having a booth again this year at the Ida-Vend Super Sale. For those of you that haven’t heard of this, it is a large annual community yard sale and every year we set up and perform some of our many services. It’s a great way to meet Joan and the rest of the staff and get a taste of the amazing things that we can do for you. The best part is of course it’s FREE; so come by, browse through everything our community neighbors have to offer and get one step closer to your best health.
In a stress test study conducted at Harvard University, participants were taught to rethink their stress response as helpful. When participants viewed their stress response as helpful, their blood vessels stayed relaxed. Their heart was still pounding, but they had a much healthier cardiovascular profile. It actually looked a lot like what happens in moments of joy and courage.
Step 2: Understanding that Stress actually makes you social.
Oxytocin Is a stress hormone. Your pituitary gland pumps this stuff out as part of the stress response. Oxytocin is a neuro-hormone. It fine-tunes your brain’s social instincts. It primes you to do things that strengthen close relationships. Oxytocin makes you crave physical contact with your friends and family. It enhances your empathy. It even makes you more willing to help and support the people you care about. But the key here is that Oxytocin helps heart cells regenerate and heal from any stress induced damage. All physical benefits of oxytocin are enhanced by seeking support AND helping someone else. Human connection is a mechanism for stress resistance.
Step 3: Remember CCR – Caring Creates Resilience.
Find someone to care for. Help your neighbor. Visit people in need. Give someone a Hug. The more you care the more resilient you become.
Another Study that tracked 1,000 adults in the united states found that people who spent time caring for others showed absolutely no stress-related increase in dying. Zero. Caring created resilience.
The harmful effects of stress on your health are not inevitable. How you think and how you act can transform your experience of stress. When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage. And when you choose to connect with others under stress, you create resilience.
“Stress gives us access to our hearts. The compassionate heart that finds joy and meaning in connecting with others, and yes, your pounding physical heart, working so hard to give you strength and energy, and when you choose to view stress in this way, you’re not just getting better at stress, you’re actually making a pretty profound statement. You’re saying that you can trust yourself to handle life’s challenges, and you’re remembering that you don’t have to face them alone.” – Kelly McGonigal
I use the work being done by Dr. Marty Hinz and his team at NeuroResearch in Duluth, MN to help my patients balance neurotransmitters with nutrition.
And, you say, what is a neurotransmitter?
A neurotransmitter is a chemical released at the end of a nerve fiber that causes the transfer of an impulse to another nerve or muscle fiber or organ – it’s what your body uses to ‘transmit’ the signal.
If you don’t have enough of the signaling chemicals, the message doesn’t get across – like not having enough bars on your cell phone to get a message through. If you have the wrong blend of signaling chemicals it’s like being in an area without a tower that talks to YOUR carrier.
There are many illnesses caused by an imbalance or deficiency in neurotransmitters, and correcting the underlying cause keeps us from having to chase each issue.
Here is a partial listing of diseases and disorders that are related to unbalanced or inadequate neurotransmitter levels:
Adrenal fatigue or burnout
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Serotonin driven coronary artery disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Nocturnal Myoclonus (Restless Leg Syndrome)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Organ system dysfunction
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Social anxiety disorder
Traumatic brain injury
If you have any of these (and, especially, if you suffer with several) and are not getting satisfactory results with the treatment you are currently receiving, please consider working on the cause, instead of the effects.