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 Part #1 STRESS

In the past decade, we have seen a huge explosion of  surgical and non surgical facial techniques that improve the quality, tone and color of aging skin.  Now I have a particular interest in this area (may have something to do with my aging), and have I been asked many times, can I and how do we stop, or turn back the clock. First off, aging skin is a multi dimensional problem. 

The first topic I would like to discuss in this milti dimensional problem is STRESS. (watch for more to come)  Now we all know someone, who, after a traumatic experience (i.e.: someone, dies, divorce, is ill, in pain, does drugs, is jailed, and the list goes on, and we see the change in them (or yourself).  You have heard the words, "wow, they aged 10 years overnight"   Too true. 

Stress for  a lot of us is "a normal way of life"     

A lecturer once explained stress management to an audience, he raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"  Answers called out, ranged from 20g to 500g. (or ounces, depending where you live)   The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it."  "If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.  If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

Stress is universal.  It is universal across time and across cultures. Change, especially rapid change, produces stress. Constant change is stressful. The universality of stress indicates it has a biological basis. Research has shown that there is a hormonal stress response. This hormonal stress response links the Central Nervous System to the Immune System. It is when you are exposed to many stressors one right after the other or chronic stress that you are likely to get sick.

Chronic stress leads to an imbalance of the Autonomic Nervous System, the involuntary nervous system that controls the major functions of the body. This Autonomic nervous system imbalance, leads to chemical imbalances that result in a weakened immune system, thin skin, weaker bones, abnormal insulin metabolism, (means that your clothing suddenly shrinks without you knowing why, especially around the waist) fluid retention, (no it's not that time of the month)   easy bruising, and a tendency towards depression (or for some, angry outbursts, even when your husband or wife, has not done something wrong).

In a stressful life, this scenario is often coupled with poor nutrition, impaired digestion, and poor assimilation of nutrients.

This can change, and change it must, for your own wellbeing, and for your own youth full looks.  You can join a gym, take long walks, run, jog, chase the dog (exercise burns the stress chemicals you produce)   Take a long bath with your favorite book (or whatever), 

Don't spend so much time on the computer (yes dear) Get more sleep; eat more nutritional foods (snack on veggies not chips??)  Take up yoga, karate, belly dancing, painting, sculpture, and (expand your horizons) Remember stress can be your friend, such as when you have to get your income tax in on time (crap!!!)  but it can be very harmful to your  body and your good and youthful looks. Decrease stress = looking younger.

 Next, I am going to tackle why nutrition (food, how can food make me look younger? And you won't believe it. ) changes everything (dang you look good) If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact me of write your own comments.

Written by Second Chance at 09:21




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