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Overcome stress to enjoy life

Heart Disease. Cancer. Stroke. Respiratory Problems. These are some of the leading causes of death, according to the CDC. However, there is a silent killer that lurks among us that causes more deaths than all these combined, because it is one of the major contributing factors to these conditions and more.  This disease-perpetuating factor is chronic stress.

Most of us think of stress as being overwhelmed mentally or emotionally, and that is one way our bodies can be burdened. Technically speaking, stress is the alteration of our bodies’ innate biochemistry, and it can happen by various means – many of which you may not be aware. 

Stress hormones can be activated by environmental factors (air and water quality, pesticides, etc.), foods lacking in nutrients that the body can’t digest, toxic human relationships, and

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negative emotions, among other causes.  Over time, you may adapt to the daily stressors in your life and begin to view these pressures and irritations as normal, but all the while stress is altering the inherent function of your entire body.   This is where stress begins to contribute not only to major illnesses, but also to other conditions that impact your daily life, including an impaired immune system, weakened digestive function, and compromised mental health. 

The good news is when we pay attention to what’s stressing us, and find ways to alleviate stress that work for us individually, positive health outcomes will result.  Practicing deep breathing, getting outside for regular doses of Vitamin D, walking, adequate sleep and rest, and practicing gratitude are just a few of the ways you can reduce the effects of chronic stress. Having a positive attitude, even when undesirable circumstances arise, goes a long way in keeping your mind, body, and spirit healthy.

One of the major ways of reducing stress is to disconnect from the constant barrage of media and technology and actually connect face-to-face with people.  Surrounding yourself with meaningful relationships with people who create a positive community you can depend on will do wonders for your health.  Being a positive force in other people’s lives will help enrich your health in the process. We are here to love, encourage, and uplift one another, and that, my friends, is the ultimate secret to great health. 

Shakeena Bradley is the creator of Whole Health Revival, a movement to educate and empower us all to achieve true health and vitality.  She is currently studying to be a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.  She can be reached at wholehealthrevival@gmail.com. Information presented within this article is for educational purposes only, and is not meant as a substitute for medical advice or care from a licensed health professional.