How does stress affect the body?
Drs. Samadi and Siegel weigh in
- Duration 4:29
- Date Oct 7, 2012
Drs. Samadi and Siegel weigh in
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Well you know stress is a good view the effects on our bodies though may not be so obvious but the harm is critical.
A single don't know how bad we feel when -- get stressed out but how that is.
Well you know it's a long term problem the can be good stressed that gets you motivated but -- a -- -- over a long period of time.
And from a medical point of view we look at in terms of hormones couple bad ones court result which is a steroid that your body makes.
Adrenaline for a long period of time -- that their study of 171000.
Adults -- When they were kids the Center for Disease Control when they were kids they were exposed to some kind of emotional trauma or stress abuse.
And then they follow them over the course of several years they found out they had a higher risk of depression a higher risk of one disease a higher risk of alcoholism.
A higher risk of heart disease this was a huge landmark study and it makes the point that over a period of time stress wears down your body.
Even if and it's the same as we've said before with smoking even if we can't prove.
That stress causes heart disease we know that stress raises your blood pressure stress can make you gain weight.
Stress causes you to be -- -- all of that leads to heart disease so what do you do.
You have to change your lifestyle we talk about -- on the show all the time more exercise try to be in control of -- -- be aware of what's stressing you.
Figure out what it is that's causing you to get that way to were distressed regular sleep regular exercise and -- You're done and if you when you feel stressed he just like step back insane like OK -- timeout.
I'm taking a time out and -- -- there is that does that how about rotations.
Isn't aren't here -- some of us are alive today what are -- gonna do right I mean that -- it depends on your life you may not be able to take a step back but if you can vacation is hugely important.
And even within the day taking a break.
Yet that is less money what do you do on -- how much time -- education just.
Take two minutes and like walked on the street here's what we if you really understand the mechanism behind what's just us -- your body then I think it's easy to take care of his strategists say.
Walk away from the -- take a vacation this is one disease that's really worse than smoking because -- normally -- That's a -- your -- but this is a systemic problem.
Stress -- it or didn't and endocrine glands called you know plan and this is a plan.
That we don't talk about what you hear about kidney and prostate.
This one has been out of the media for a long time so it's -- it's -- to -- Manila tension.
What is adrenal gland what he does it really secrets for the hormones.
That's important for fight and flight when you get stressed out when you're about to take -- -- you go for an interview you -- your heart starts to -- your palms get sweaty and your blood pressure goes up.
That's -- the stress affect on the adrenal and that's one of the things that he does.
So as mark mentioned your heart rate was a new -- -- -- -- -- -- stressed out that cortisol you know that's your significant minority of who gets within a minute so -- the body is very Smart -- series shifts all the blood to the heart.
I guess what every part of your body now.
He's reducing the -- the blood flow your hands get cold.
You start losing your hair why do you -- -- when -- -- I did not use your case still but simple flow doesn't get enough.
To their hair now listening you'll glance in the face starts a secret all those oily stuff act and it pops in and this system says you know what I don't need to send a lot of blood to the GI system constipation.
Now we get to the other side of the -- this is a brand you have of -- strong kick -- That's -- -- when you're stressed that you don't want to have salty food facility gets updated you get high blood pressure you get it -- you -- -- -- -- -- -- this is probably the most important hormone when you deal with stress why because when you're anxious you know sleep well.
Your core is -- -- out of whack you the corp or fatty food and -- oldies circuit car.
You'd start gaining weight.
Obesity -- -- and -- whole whole moral is out of sync your immune system goes out you're more susceptible to get sick and that last one.
Which is the favorite one is that -- -- -- sex hormones.
Did in women the menstrual cycle becomes more pain for longer in many would -- sexual function so.
Make sure that you drink a lot of fluid make sure that you walk away from -- stress factor.
Taking time off house but ultimately you wanna pay attention and make sure deeply hitting just -- good you know anything that would calm down.
All right that all estimation for the last two minutes just gave me a lot of stress so I'm just an idea and a -- take a walk and grabbing my personal and then just -- of the blizzard indicated he couldn't let me -- that's reigning -- times.
Breathing definitely important and we should talk about stress level I appreciate thank you Colorado area.