Stress and Health

Doctor Andy’s Wellness Corner
By: Andy Marrone, D.C.
Clinic Director,
Redmond Ridge Chiropractic

In our last issue I talked about what true wellness means, and how it is different from “feeling good” or not having symptoms. In the coming articles I am going to teach you how to achieve true wellness. We will start by listing the six pillars of health, and then discussing each one:
1. Low Stress/Stress management
2. A properly functioning Nervous System
3. Proper Nutrition
4. Proper water intake
5. Adequate exercise
6. Proper amount of sleep
Let’s start with the first one. Why is it important to have low stress? According to the American Psychological Association (APA), about 75 percent of Americans like you say they experience high levels of stress. They also feel the amount of stress they feel is unhealthy, and are worried they have no way to break out of the high stress cycle to improve their health and happiness.

APA warns that chronic stress can lead to serious physical and emotional consequences for you and your family members. Many people also feel unable to make the necessary changes to reduce stress in their daily lives. Here is a list of health conditions you are susceptible to if you don’t manage your stress properly:
• Heart Attack • Stroke • Cancer • Digestive Disorders
• Obesity • Diabetes • Osteoporosis • Depression
• Headaches • Neck Pain • Back Pain • Fatigue

According to Norman B. Anderson, PhD, the APA’s chief executive officer, Americans report, “they have difficulty implementing the changes they know will decrease their stress and improve their health. Yet, our health care system is not adequately addressing this issue or providing the behavioral health treatments that can help Americans.”
Given the current economic climate, it is likely that many people will continue to feel trapped in a high stress cycle unless they take action. The realization that stress is a problem many people share and can be used to bring stressed individuals together to find ways to cope with this challenge.

Here are 5 Simple ways to help you better cope with stress:

1. Try mind-body relaxation: Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation or Prayer
2. Eat Foods high in antioxidants such as fresh fruits & vegetables rather than chips & sweets
3. Find some “play” time every day
4. Get together with Friends & Family on a regular basis
5. Try to get outside a little bit each day
Stress levels can be tested through a unique hormone saliva test offered at Redmond Ridge Nutrition & Chiropractic. Once testing is complete, we can recommend the appropriate nutrition, supplements and practices to reduce and better manage stress.