What is the benefit?
Over the last 40 years, exercise has been proven to have incredible benefits to your health. As we continue living in the new millennium, we are constantly discovering new ways to exercise. Joint mobility, kettle bells, running, biking, and walking are some of our golden oldies. America has built their exercise regime on the hinges of a high aerobic activity. Is this right or wrong? Well, other parts of the world approach exercise in a different way. Many people are realizing that anaerobic activity, like resistance training, is very powerful in stimulating muscle growth thus elevating your metabolism and helping with body fat loss. Other forms of exercise like qigong and tai chi are embraced by other parts of the world, specifically in Asia, as extremely effective and have been scientifically proven to burn large amounts of calories over the course of an hour. Both types of exercise use different energy sources and can both can be extremely beneficial to one’s health!
How do we balance our hormones?
Hormones are essential for the body to function. Without them, you become deficient. Hormones are an important element to your longevity. They are produced in the body through responses to our physical activity and what we put into our bodies. Exercise also affects our hormones. Too much exercise will promote excessive production of hormones in the body. Food will also have the same side effect. Through a balance of physical activity and nutritional choices, we can balance our hormones to create a healthy and happy life. Understanding the hormonal cascade of the human body will help us identify what is necessary to form balance. For example, big on the food chain of hormones is the need for cholesterol to be present in the blood stream to produce the basic necessities. For a man, it is testosterone. For a woman, it is estrogen. A common problem in today’s society is the manipulation of those hormones through man-made drugs. Through the balance of the right food, exercise, and life choices, you will maintain vibrant health.
So you know what it is?
Cortisol is one of many hormones in the body. Over the last 10 years, cortisol has been getting a lot of attention in the alternative medicine world. We have discovered that western medicine is now addressing it as a negative aspect of the human body. By nurturing your cortisol, you have an opportunity to create harmony in the body, which creates balance. We have discovered, through alternative and functional medicine, that a lack of cortisol can be extremely detrimental for the human body. In addition, excessive amounts of cortisol are harmful too. With that said, if you drink a cup of coffee or you get angry when someone cuts you off on the highway, your cortisol level is impacted. We make choices through food and our mental, emotional, and spiritual state to create homeostasis and harmony in the body. Once an underdog, or more commonly overseen by doctors, cortisol has now been brought to the attention of the medical world as having an adverse affect on the physical body and its well being.
What an interesting topic of conversation! … Or maybe it is something much more serious when it can even affect us in the quiet moments when we’re alone. Everyone deals with stress. The question is, to what degree? We all fall under the veil of the human condition. How much patience do you have for a place, person, or thing? Science has come to discover that stress is no longer an organic word that we generalize to explain how we are feeling. Stress has a category of its own. Depending on how much or how little you have, you will experience the side effects of the breakdown and deconstruction of your physical body. Stress, as we know it now, is a very powerful and emotional disease that can affect you on all physical levels: autoimmune, liver, kidneys, and much more. Through the consumption of a whole food, plant based diet, we can balance our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies to help combat stress.