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”.
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… Read More…