By: Jonathan Tait, D.O. / 9/30/2015
Want to get healthy and lose weight?
You may need to relax more.
I’ll explain this further in a minute.
When I started my business nearly two years ago, I shifted the focus to helping patients and clients Rebuild their body through use of Regenerative Medicine procedures and supportive nutritional protocols. This is a proactive and preventive model of healthcare where I help patients heal and rebuild incompletely healed or chronic injuries. Injuries that for most patients I see are sources of chronic pain, and a constant source of stress in their lives. The pain, and poor function that often coexists, has a limiting effect on quality of life. The objective of all treatments and services we offer is to turn around the “downward slide” of aging.
The treatments I offer may be the first step towards a better quality of life, but they must be coupled with further diagnostic assessments and lifestyle “interventions” that work in concert to Restore your health. This is a different “brand” of medicine, known as Functional Medicine. In addition to the routine work-up and diagnostic tests, we will explore nutritional deficiencies, vitamin or micronutrient imbalances, food and environmental allergies or sensitivities. All can uncover deeper level, root cause of why your body may continue to struggle in a poor state of health and function – sometimes when “all of the tests so far have been normal.”
The medical approach I use in my practice may be looked at as cutting-edge, outside the box thinking, but the reality is that this brand of medicine is what used to be practiced routinely many years ago. And, it is the brand of medicine that is needed in what most see as a failing healthcare system.
If we are to Rebuild your body, Restore your health, in order to completely Rejuvenate your life, a different path must be explored than what has become common place in our reactive, Health (Sick) Care System.
So, relax, and know there is a better way to treat your pain, optimize your health, and enhance your function if you so choose with me a path less traveled.
What effect does stress have on the body?
Constant stress leads to excess cortisol production. Cortisol is a hormone that your body releases when it is stressed, and is part of a normal, healthy response during an acute injury, or when we experience some type of threat. When stress is persistent and unrelenting however, as it is in many of our lives, the amount of cortisol in your bloodstream rises and stays elevated. This is not a normal healthy state.
The result? A feeling of chronic fatigue, lack of focus, and being on edge – otherwise what I call wired and tired.
Chronic cortisol elevation also leads to weight gain.
The reason for this is that cortisol stimulates in many a craving for foods that deliver quick energy, such as potato chips, candy bars, pastries, etc. Cortisol also interferes with the hormones that control your appetite causing you to feel hungry more often while having a harder time staying satiated with what you do eat. It also messes with the hormones, such as testosterone, that are important for maintaining and increasing muscle mass.
Cortisol also has the unflattering characteristic of stacking and storing those extra calories from junk food mainly around your abdominal area, specifically around the organs, known as visceral fat. This is a dangerous type of fat associated with increased risk of worsening disease states such as diabetes and heart disease. More fat around the middle. Less muscle mass. Not the way you want to go!
What effect does relaxation have on the body?
Research has shown that intentional relaxation can combat stress and the cortisol surge that can follow. Harvard researches have discovered “the relaxation effect” with effects as profound as making changes all the way down to your genetic level. Those who practiced relaxation showed increased activity of “disease-fighting genes”, as opposed to people who did not make relaxation a part of their lives.1
The participants practicing some form on intentional relaxation, such as meditation, yoga, or tai chi, also “switched on” protective genes that are felt to reduce chances of developing high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, certain types of cancer, and even infertility.
How quickly can intentional relaxation effect stress and cortisol levels?
The researchers tracked the participants with tests looking at daily cortisol levels, and found that it only took about two months of intentional relaxation to see dramatic improvements. Healthy levels of cortisol throughout the day led to sustained energy throughout the day, better mental clarity and focus, and even a noticeable change in body composition (i.e., a little less “jelly around the belly”).
Think you can’t afford to relax? You can’t afford not to relax.
Start now and in just a couple short months, you can be enjoying the scientifically and genetically proven benefits of better health.
Committed to your health and relaxation