Stress—Is It Making You Old Before Your Time?

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Time is going by faster and faster, the older you get and there is evidence that this is a proven fact.

As time goes by, you age, faster and faster.

If you add the element of stress to the mix, you age even faster…and you die sooner.

Aging is a complex issue with many factors coming into play.  Researchers agree that stress, mental, emotional, and physical, causes us to age despite our genetics.

When you perceive a threat, or you feel that your self-balance is upset somehow, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol, readying your body for emergency action.  If you sense danger, whether real or imagined, your body’s defenses kick into high gear, in a rapid automatic process called “fight or flight” response.

In the past, like when we were cavemen, short bursts of stress would have been worthwhile, possibly even saving our lives in dangerous situations, but in our modern world, the triggering of those ancient neurological pathways, may do us more harm than good. 

Psychological stresses, like debt, work pressure, or poor financial status, etc. are interpreted by the brain the same way as a saber-toothed tiger about to eat us would be, except that psychological stresses are long term and don’t go away.  The brain doesn’t shut off the stress response if the trigger doesn’t  turn around and go back into the jungle.  Over time, harmful chemicals take over and erode the mind and body, essentially killing them.

Aging is an inside job.

Aging begins inside, well before you see its physical manifestations and experience its symptoms.

YOUR BRAIN IS TELLING YOU TO AGE

Aging is caused by the deterioration of the pineal, hypothalamus, and pituitary glands.  Disturbances in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which controls stress response, compound certain health problems like cardiovascular disease and stroke.  These master glands, when aging, send out signals to the entire body…

aging

pain

disease.

Gerontologist claim that the passage of time alone isn’t enough to cause disease and damage, but when you add in extended periods of stress without relief, and the overproduction of stress hormones, all bets are off.

There is a direct link between psychological stress and accelerated rates of aging.

Stress speeds up your entire system and produces conditions in younger people associated with growing old.

No part of your body escapes the ravages of stress.  If you are under too much stress, you will age before everyone’s eyes, including your own.

The cells in your body will age much faster than they would have, if they are exposed to excessive amounts of stress chemicals.

STRESS CAN ADD OVER 10 YEARS OF EXTRA AGING TO YOUR BLOOD CELLS…and you.

Long term stress rewires the brain, leaving you vulnerable to anxiety and depression, further wearing you down and aging you.

Long term emotional strain can make you sick and grow old, before your time.

Unfortunately, this is not just conjecture…it has been scientifically proven over and over again.

STRESS SPEEDS UP AGING.

What Are NOT The Normal Signs Of Aging?

  • VISION LOSS—It is normal to have difficulty focusing close up after you reach the age of forty.  The ability to distinguish fine detail may decline after the age of seventy.  From the age of fifty on, glare, low levels of illumination, and loss of peripheral vision may develop.  What is not part of normal aging, is macular degeneration or glaucoma…major vision loss and blinding.
  • DEPRESSION—Depression is not a normal sign of aging.  Depression, in any age, is a sign of a chemical imbalance in the brain.
  • MEMORY PROBLEMS—It is normal to forget things more often as you age.  What is not normal, is when you have trouble learning new things, or handling money, or not being able to hold your end up in a conversation.  If you repeat phrases or stories, in the same conversation, you are not aging normally, memory wise.  If you lose your keys, that’s normal.  If you forget what a key is…that’s not normal aging.
  • URINARY INCONTENANCE—No, it is not part of normal aging to lose control of your bladder.
  • DRAMATIC CHANGES IN BODY STRUCTURE—any change that happens almost overnight is not part of normal aging.  Bone and muscle strength, skin elasticity, and joint function does deteriorate over time, but does not happen suddenly, unless something has sped up the aging process.
  • BIG CHANGES IN BODY SHAPE—Profound changes in body composition are not part of normal aging.  Sudden extra fat, loss of muscle tone, diminished bone and cartilage production….arthritis, are signs of an accelerated aging process.
  • WEAKNESS—Tiredness, weak muscles, reduced aerobic endurance…reduced ability to get around…these are not part of normal aging.

Tune in next week  to see if you have any of the signs that…

STRESS IS AGING YOU.

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