The connections between mental and physical health and stress cannot be denied. Studies and research have shown links between stress and various health issues. Some of the health issues linked to stress are reduced blood sugar levels, alterations in your brain’s chemistry, high blood pressure, increased inflammation, immune function and most recently Alzheimer’s.
How Stress is Related to Alzheimer’s
Argentina researchers have recently shown evidence that suggest stress may be a trigger for Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers studied two groups of people with similar demographics and found the stresses experienced by the Alzheimer’s group involved:
- a family member being diagnosed of a chronic / severe illnessf
- financial problems such as ‘pension shock’
- car accidents
- violent experiences
How Disease is Caused by Stress
Stress hormones such as cortisol are released by your body when you are experiencing acute stress. These hormones prepare your body to flee or fight the stressful event. Research presented by APS (American Psychosomatic Society) in Miami, Florida found that mulling over a stressful incident is likely to increase your C-reactive protein level which is an inflammation marker in your body. Inflammation is considered to be the hallmark of most diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Health Tips to Reduce Work Related Stress
Studies and research have shown that the leading source of stress in people’s lives is work. A recent survey showed that the five health tips used to reduce work related stress were:
- Improvement of communication skills
- Incorporation of relaxation exercise during a working day
- Learning to ignore or handle interruptions
- Keeping your work space organized and clean
- Addition of personal touches to your work space like live plants, art or photographs
Health Tips To Deal with Stress
As much as you are not able, nor is it advisable, to completely avoid stress in your life, you can provide your body with the tools that compensate for the bioelectrical short-circuiting that occurs when you are anxious. Energy psychology techniques such as EFT (emotional freedom techniques) can help you reprogram how your body reacts to stressors that are unavoidable in everyday life. This in turn will reduce the chances of you experiencing negative health effects. Crucial release valves that can help you control your stress are many including meditation, getting enough sleep and regular exercise.
Health Tips for Avoiding Alzheimer’s Disease
When you have an optimized nutrition plan, you will not only treat and prevent virtually all chronic degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, but also maintain a healthy brain and body function. Renowned neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter explained in a recent interview that Alzheimer’s is a disease that is mainly brought about by lifestyle choices. The two main causes are excessive gluten and sugar consumption.
Another major factor that is contributing to Alzheimer’s is the increased consumption and development of GE (genetically engineered) grains. These are currently pervasive in the majority of processed foods sold in the United States. The best way to avoid Alzheimer’s is by leading a healthy lifestyle.
- Avoiding statin and anticholinergic drugs
- Challenging your mind everyday
- Consumption of blueberries
- Avoiding flu vaccinations
- Exercising often
- Avoiding aluminum
- Eating a diet that is rich in folate and nutritious
- Vitamin B12
- Keeping your fasting insulin levels below three
- Safe sun exposure to optimize your Vitamin D levels
- Increasing your magnesium levels
- Reducing your calorie consumption
- Increasing healthful fats consumption. This should include animal based omega 3
- Gut flora optimization
- Avoiding casein and gluten (mainly pasteurized dairy and wheat, but not dairy based fat such as butter)
- Avoiding fructose and sugar
Alzheimer's Disease is a debilitating disease and sadly no known cure for this disease has been found. The treatments available are of little benefit although there has been advancement over the years. We all can be sure however, that dealing with stress and enjoying healthy living is one of the best ways to prevent it.