Manage Your Stress to Stay Healthy and Live Longer

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Research Commentary;

Stress and Your Health!

 A review of
Vitetta L, Anton B, Cortizo F, Sali A. Mind-body medicine: stress and its impact on overall health and longevity. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2005 Dec;1057:492-505. doi: 10.1196/annals.1322.038. PMID: 16399915.
Research Reviewed by Dr. Anthony Vasile

Summarized Review of Conclusion:

What this research showed is that the mind and body are interconnected. How we think, feel, and manage our stress plays a crucial role in how our body works. This includes our hormones, our immune system and brain function. This proves that our everyday lifestyle decisions relating to what we choose to eat, what we choose to do for exercise, and how we deal with managing thoughts determines our state of health. If we focus on those three key factors to health, we have a chance to allow our body to be in a state of homeostasis which keeps all of our systems functioning properly.

Below I have referenced key quotes from this research to help summarize the results.

Quotes from the Article:

The most important factor in why a person becomes ill lies in the brain. Stress and pleasure play a critical role in wellness and disease, with stress contributing significantly to the risk of disease.”

“An additional important factor seems to be the ability and opportunity that persons have to express their feelings about how stressed they are or how they are feeling about themselves.”

“There is now clear scientific evidence that indicates that the brain regulates immune function through efferent autonomic and neuroendocrine pathways.”

“The disruption of communication between the brain and the immune system leads to greater susceptibility to inflammatory disease and, frequently, to increased immune complications.”

“Social stressors and lifestyle choices can be a significant trigger for disease, which can then affect longevity.” 

Introduction to the Research

The purpose of this research was to investigate the role of how the mind effects the functions of the human body. The belief that adverse life stressors and the emotional states that can lead to major negative impacts on an individual’s body functions and health have been held for ages. Stress is a major contributor to many of the chronic diseases that our society is dealing with. This research looks at how these stresses change the functions of our body which affect our hormones, immune system, and brain.

Research Methodology

This study reviewed current literature regarding psychoneuroimmunology, psychoneuroendorcrinology and psychosocial stress.

Research Findings

The findings from this research suggest that the most important factor in why a person becomes ill lies in the brain. One of the findings discussed how the placebo affect is now scientifically proven to work especially in people dealing with pain. This research also explained why it is very beneficial to let out our emotions and to express them to others. Internalizing negative emotions and hanging on to them will manifest disease throughout the body. Evidence continues to support the fact that physical disease results from emotional distress. The study suggests that relaxation and meditation daily may help trigger a regularization of homeostatic balance. There is now a plethora of scientific evidence available that shows the interrelationships between the mind, brain and body.

So, keep you spine healthy by getting chiropractic adjustments, make healthy everyday lifestyle decisions and manage your thoughts in ways that you find helpful.

Research References

As always with these reviews, these are my takeaways from the article and I encourage you to read the article in its entirety.  The references used in this article by the authors of this article are listed below.

Our Message

Our Chiropractors in McKinney, located near the corner of Eldorado Pkwy. and Ridge Rd., teach our patients the link between how you eat and how your choices can effect your health. We also know that to keep pain away and stay healthy you must put the right nutrients in your body while also having a positive mindset. We are committed to getting rid of back pain, neck pain and headaches with chiropractic adjustments and exercise. We hope you enjoy this review of Stress and Your Health!