by: Vanessa Dean
Can balanced hormones in men and women help reduce anxiety during these stressful times? Watch this video to see what Dr. Vanessa Dean has to say about this very popular topic.
DID YOU KNOW…
Hormones tie into so many other facets of your health, including your response to stress?
WHY IS STRESS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH?
Stress creates an inflammatory response to the whole body and inflammation is the foundation of disease development. THAT’S RIGHT. Inflammation leads to disease if it is not properly corrected.
Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many other health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
HOW CAN HORMONE THERAPY HELP WITH STRESS?
Testosterone therapy – for men and women – has anti-inflammatory effects on the body? So, if you haven’t done so already, you could consider finding out whether hormone optimization is for you.
Taking steps to manage stress can have many health benefits. In addition to keeping your hormones balanced, here are additional ways to manage stress:
- MOVE: Exercise regularly. When you think of exercise, it doesn’t have to mean going to the gym and weight lifting for hours or over exerting yourself on the treadmill. Simply incorporating physical activity every day can make a difference, even if that means taking a 20 minute walk. New to yoga? Check out this 5-minute beginner’s flow!
- BREATHE: Practicing relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, tai chi or massage.
- LAUGH: Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins. These are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, which promote an overall sense of well-being and reduced stress.
- LOVE: Spend time with family and friends. If you can’t physically be with them, video chats can ease your stress also. Be sure to communicate anything that is stressing you to a good friend or loved one. The simple act of talking about what is stressing you out can help.
- GET SOME “ME TIME” Set aside time for hobbies, such as reading a book or listening to music