Beware of choosing the wrong attitude. It can literally kill you.
There are big dangers looming for your health if you choose stress. This is indeed a choice, and it’s a deadly one. In fact, the more scientists learn about stress, the more they realize it’s more harmful than they previously realized.
Stress produces a chemical response in our body to which we rarely pay attention. When we have bad emotions, stressful emotions, such as anger, depression, frustration, a sense of unfairness, we secrete adrenaline and cortizol throughout the body.
Most of us have heard about adrenaline. It is what gives us super-human strength and speed. It’s a gift from God, to be sure, but is only supposed to be used under certain circumstances: in an emergency, and only for a very short period of time, such as 5 minutes or less….20 minutes tops.
So for example, if you were out in the woods and a mountain lion jumps out at you, wonderful adrenaline would kick in and would give you the ability to literally run for your life. A short time later, when the danger subsided, you would stop secreting adrenaline and your body would go back to its normal, peaceful functioning. That’s the way it’s supposed to work.
If you understand how adrenaline and cortizol work, then you can understand why their constant secretion is deadly.
When adrenaline and cortizol are secreted, your body turns-off vital machinery in every single cell. In other words, your body stops it’s regular healthy functioning, such as warding-off disease and metabolizing vitamins. They turn off the parts of our body that are built to repair us, to redo the damage that comes from daily life, to keep our cells young and nourished and healthy.
That’s actually not a problem if, and only if, it’s for a short time. Adrenaline and cortizol cause your entire body to shut down and divert its energy to focus in unison, on the crisis at hand. It’s sort of like a village of people where everyone has their various tasks to perform, but when the village is under attack, everyone stops their regular jobs and joins together to fight the enemy. When the enemy is defeated, they go back to their jobs.
That’s important. Imagine what would happen to that village if nobody ever went back to their regular jobs and was just positioned for battle all the time? The village would fall apart.
Now you can see why the problem with stress is that adrenaline and cortizol are CONSTANTLY SECRETED. In a bad, toxic situation you can experience stress for hours or days or weeks or months or years! All that time your body is secreting adrenaline and cortizol, because it feels like it’s in crisis mode, all the while, every cell in your body ages and the sum of that is you going downhill.
It’s also quite likely that they let the cancer cells escape the immune surveillance system, that they accelerate the inflammatory damage of atherosclerosis and leads to heart attacks and strokes. We know that cancer, heart attacks, strokes and Alzheimer’s are driven very powerfully by stress.
The good news is most of these things reverse very quickly.
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