“We can’t control the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” This is more than just one of my favorite quotes. Remembering its wisdom-filled words during the difficult times that followed my shocking osteoporosis diagnosis, back in 2004 helped me mitigate the effects of that stressful period in my life.
The stress quickly evaporated once I discovered the truth about osteoporosis, and that it can be reversed naturally.
But sometimes, stress can become chronic, and that needs to be addressed, especially since…
Excess Stress Hurts Our Health and Our Bones
Reducing stress is crucial to bone health as well as to our general health. You see, short-term stress releases chemicals into the bloodstream, and in particular the hormone cortisol, that give the brain and the body a temporary boost.
But if stress continues over the long-term, the same biological compounds that can improve certain abilities can end up doing some real damage to our mental, emotional and physical health. As far as the latter is concerned, the most common symptoms are elevated blood pressure and glucose, digestive issues, cardiovascular symptoms, and even a compromised immune system.
Study Proves Cortisol Reduces Bone Density
In the Osteoporosis Reversal Program I wrote that cortisol has a detrimental impact on bone health. To give you one example, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has shown greater bone mineral density loss when higher cortisol levels are found in the blood.1
So in order to stay healthy, it’s important to remember that…
Psychology and Physiology are Linked
The ancient Latin quote “mens sana in corpore sano” (a sound mind in a healthy body) sums it up best. We can’t expect complete health if we overlook our state of mind, and vice versa. If you have the Program, chances are you’re already following some steps to reign over your stress. But sometimes you might need a little more targeted help.
One of the most effective ways to dramatically lower your stress level and protect yourself from stress-related physical and emotional problems is meditation. It has been shown to dramatically lower stress levels by reducing the amount of stress hormones the body makes, and by increasing the hormones and neurochemicals that allow us to relax.
1 Dennison E at al. “Profiles of Endogenous Circulating Cortisol and Bone Mineral Density in Healthy Elderly Men.” The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. September 1, 1999 vol. 84 no. 9 3058-3063. doi: 10.1210/jc.84.9.3058
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I learn Qi-Gong two months, now, I use it to relieve stress. Thanks.
I am not sure all the qualities and quanlities of the supplyments are
enough or not? I cannot consult with the doctors, they don,t like just
tell me to take medicines, there are so many medicines, they can find one
suit me or otherwise take a injection. Vivian, could you help me? thank
I Use Music To Relieve Stress. It REALLY WORKS TOO!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ANOTHER WONDERFUL ARTICLE!
LOVE, LESLIE (MS. L.)
This is so true.
Yes, Marc…That is such good advise. First I have to be aware that I am stressed. It is habitual because of so many years of just pushing through and not stopping. It was considered the thing to do. Nobody ever stopped. Now I have adrenal problems big time. Well diagnosed in the early 80s to be honest, but didn’t change my reactions so now I fight all the problems. Low blood pressure, low thyroid, low, low, low. I make sure to include ‘salt’ in my diet…celery is a great addition to my smoothies, vegi dishes. It takes a bit of study to eat what is good for the adrenal problems and not to burden the thyroid problems. You have to become a detective. Your program is helpful in all areas. I do want to emphasize to anyone with low blood pressure, that it is often a sign of adrenal problems. Also being cold can be a sign of adrenal problems, thyroid problems, and/or blood sugar problems. I am having good luck eating mostly raw. Thanks, Vivian for this great topic.
Have back probems, kneww probems, sleep problems, stair probems..pain…
I had abone density in 2009 and HAD osteoporosis, with Vivan’s help I improved my bone density by 16 percent. Now I finally did a saliva test and I have adrenal fatigue which is lots of stress for long periods of time. I am working with a wonderful Dr. and hopes to get me well in about 6 months without drugs, just supplements and the right diet. I believe if my adrenal was normal I wouldn’t have osteoporosis. Vivian is so right about getting your stress under control. My blood test never showed that the the adrenal was abnormal, saliva test is the most concise.
Yes! You did it… you no longer have osteoporosis! I congratulate you… And I’m sure you’ll get a handle on your stress… Keep up with the Program, Pat 🙂
When I am stressed I stop, sit quietly and become aware of my breath.
I find that walking in the woods is the best way to relieve stress. Music is good, too — particularly if you drum along with a favorite CD.