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Stress and Neuro-Endocrine Effects on Weight




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The human reaction to stress is designed as a survival mechanism for the body. It is a complex cascade of hormonal interactions that exert a profound effect on many physiologic systems to help protect us from internal (illness) or external (sabre-toothed tiger) danger. Unfortunately, in today’s world, rather than a single fight-or-flight episode, such as running from a dangerous animal, our body is faced with a multitude of smaller but more chronic stressors such as unstable blood sugar levels, less than 8 hours of sleep, bad traffic or excessive workload. We also suffer from perceived stress, our mental interpretation of an event, such as a wedding, which causes identical stimulation to our nervous system without ever truly being “dangerous”.
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Natural Solutions to depression, anxiety and mood disorders. Part 2

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The next part in our short series of dealing with depression, anxiety and other mood disorders has to do with the wonderful world of co-factors.
While being healthy has a huge impact on what we take into our bodies, that is only half the battle. Health is also affected by what our bodies do with those nurtients. Thus co-factors.
Co factors are those little things, often vitamins or minerals…
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Some Natural solutions to balancing depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. Part 1

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Neurotransmitters are those little chemicals that make us who we are. They influence or even control the way we act, think and respond to different stimulus.
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