The holiday season is a wonderful time for many people, yet for others it is a time of sadness. What most people don’t realize is that extreme happiness and extreme sadness can stress your nervous system the same. Research has shown that getting married and getting divorced causes EQUAL stress. Likewise, getting a new job and getting fired also cause the same amount of stress.

Psychologists estimate that an average American today has more stress in one week than his great grandparents did in an entire lifetime.  Either that or we are not as well equipped to handle the stress in our lives.  I’m not so sure which is more prevalent, but one thing is for sure – stress is multiple times greater on people today and the effects are not just emotional but pervade the entire Neurological, Endocrine and Immune Systems. Let me explain: excess stress impacts an extremely important neurological center called the HPA Axis (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis) in a negative way. The HPA Axis is like the command and control center for the temperature, hormone, blood sugar, thyroid, detoxification, and intestinal  regulating systems. If this powerful master switch fails, there are so many body functions that malfunction. Under enough stress for a long enough time, even the strongest of individuals can lose integrity of multiple body systems.  Stress affects the sex lives of both men and women by lowering testosterone levels in men and estrogen levels in women. Stress leads to depression, fatigue, immune dysfunction and autoimmune conditions, weight gain, leaky gut, impaired detoxification, Insulin Resistance (Diabetes), memory loss, and the list goes on.

Everyone has too much stress at some time in their lives. Minimize the impact of stress and prevent chronic stress by: (1) getting a massage and a chiropractic adjustment – fast stretch of muscle spindles and joints powerfully enhance brain function (2) go for power walks and march like a soldier with exaggerated arm swing (3) Find someone who makes you belly laugh and laugh a lot  or watch a funny movie (4) enjoy fabulous times with your significant other (5) play with your dog or pet (6) listen to music (7) avoid sugar, caffeine, drugs, and alcohol  (8) take supplements that promote immune, adrenal, gut, and brain health (9) get enough sleep – very important (10) don’t procrastinate.

If stress is making your life miserable – I’d like to help. Call Brown Chiropractic Neurology today at (303) 986-7600

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor

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