Oathealth Podcast Episode 30

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Episode #14, August 19th, 2009
Show Notes

Episode #30, December 17, 2009

Show Notes

Last Weeks Challenge:

  • Joe suggested that everyone try and  exercise for 30 min
  • During the challenge, Joe was able to go for a walk with a co- worker during lunch break
  • It would be much harder to exercise during Holidays, as you are busy with other stuff

Next Weeks Challenge:

  • Joe challenges you to become aware of stress when it happens
  • Here is some information that Joe provides on stress:
    • Stress response
      • fight or flight
      • divert energy to important areas (brain and muscles)
      • increase energy availability
        • rebound hunger
        • may redistribute storage to places we don’t want it
      • response is generally unresolved in a society where we are sedintary

      Stress negative effects

      • Not a direct connection between heart disease and stress in research but it is widely held that stress increases heart disease
        • some info on blood clotting
        • increase in blood pressure
      • Interestingly those with high levels of stress also have other negative health effects (smoking, inactivity, diet)
        • Is lifestyle connected to stress or is stress independant- more research is needed
        • Stress – a matter of perspective.  Situations early in life may determine how we respond to certain situations.  Retirement may be a blessing for some, but a lonely experience for others.
        • Even happy situations cause stress – birth of a child
      • Even so we know stress can have negative impact on the body especially when it is unresolved
      • chronic stress
        • digestive issues
        • appetite
        • lowers immune function
        • can lead to anxiety, depression, insomnia
        • affects blood sugar, fat and pressure

      Signs to look out for

      • anxiety or panic attacks
      • a feeling of being constantly pressured, hassled, and hurried
      • irritability and moodiness
      • physical symptoms, such as stomach problems, headaches, or even chest pain
      • allergic reactions, such as eczema or asthma
      • problems sleeping
      • drinking too much, smoking, overeating, or doing drugs
      • sadness or depression

      Your commute could be a chronic health issue

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/stress.html

      http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/emotions/stress.html#

      http://www.hormone.org/Resources/Other/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=1119

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