STRESS!!!!!!!! We all feel it at some time. Most of us are exposed to it on a daily basis, but where does it come from and how does it impact our health?
There are actually four types of stress that we are exposed to on a daily basis – emotional, physical, chemical and electromagnetic. Our bodies are designed to adapt to stress. However when we are overloaded with too much stress it has a detrimental effect on our health. Chronic exposure to stress causes spinal subluxations which affect the way our nerves communicate with our organs and systems. As you read about each type of stress I want you to think about the levels of that type of stress that you are exposed to on a daily basis.
Emotional stress: We feel our emotional stress. It can come from work, family, money, or even world issues. Interestingly even happy events like getting married, or renovating your house or getting a new job can be a source of emotional stress. What are your emotional stress levels like? How do you feel when it becomes too much?
Physical stress: Physical stress and strain is a huge component of the stress we are exposed to. Most people sit for hours at a time, usually in front of a screen. Even our kids are spending more time than ever sitting in front of a screen instead of outdoors playing. Sitting for more than 6 hours a day is deemed to be as dangerous for your health as smoking one and a half packs of cigarettes a day because of the strain it puts on our bodies. Other forms of physical stress can come from car accidents, falls, sports injuries and even birth trauma. Think about how much time you spend sitting and if you’ve had any serious accidents or injuries.
Chemical stress: Chemical is something we don’t usually think about. We are exposed to more toxins today than ever. Our food is genetically modified and sprayed with pesticides. Traces of pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics, hormones, mood stabilizers, and other drugs can be found in our drinking water supplies. There are chemicals in our beauty and cleaning products that we absorb through our skin or breathe in. And of course air pollution adds to the toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis. Are you choosing to eat organic foods, filtering your water, and avoiding toxins in your beauty and cleaning products or are you eating a lot of fast food, drinking too much alcohol, smoking and taking a lot of medications?
Electromagnetic radiation (EMR): This is another type of stress we don’t think usually about. Cell phones, laptops and all other electronic devices emit electromagnetic radiation that has a negative impact on our health – specifically on the DNA in our cells. The closer we are to the source the greater the impact on our bodies. When exposed to stress, cells form proteins called heat shock proteins. These proteins are used by your cells to counteract harmful stimuli. Research has clearly shown that EMR can cause single and/or double DNA strand breaks and the release of stress proteins. How often are you in front of a computer or using your cell phone? How much EMF exposure do you encounter on a daily basis?
If your stress levels are high, chances are it is affecting your health. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to reduce our body’s reaction to stress by lowering cortisol levels and releasing hormones that make us feel better. Chiropractic adjustments remove subluxations allowing your nervous system to function better, improving your overall wellbeing so you can deal with the stress you are exposed to more effectively.
This month our goal is to “squash out subluxations”. If you or a family member have never seen a chiropractor before or it has been more than 6 months since you had your nervous system scanned, we invite you in for a FREE nervous system scan. This will help you determine how well your body is adapting to stress and what we can do to help you improve your overall health and well-being. Limited appointments are available. Call 905-881-8733 to schedule your appointments for yourself and your family as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.