Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Stress: Your Busy Life May Be Killing You

Researchers are linking chronic stress to a host of health problems, such as Alzheimer's, depression, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

It's hurting business too, says a major article in Canada's national newspaper, the *Globe and Mail.   Absentee rates have jumped 24 per cent in the past 10 years, costing employers billions.  In fact, work-life balance isn't just a personal challenge, it's a looming public health crisis.

Look at the Cellular Level...

"Any time we're in a situation beyond our control, the brain releases two hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, which allow us to engage our fight-or-flight reponse - without them, we would not recognize or react to danger.

However, high levels of cortisol and adrenalin change the way the body stores fat, leading to higher rates of obesity, and increases its production of cholesterol and insulin, which cause heart disease and diabetes."

Usana addresses stress at the cellular level.   According to researchers quoted in the article, busy, stressful lifestyles often result in poor food choices, less exercise and not sleeping well.  If we don't deal with the causes of chronic stress, the hormonal cocktail released by the brain will continue to take its toll. 

Where does Usana enter this picture?  Countless medical studies have established an indisputable link between good nutrition and long-term health.  The science is equally clear, however, that it is difficult to obtain, from food alone, the advanced levels of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants we need every day to stay healthy for life.

Usana's advanced antioxidant formulas support the body's natural defences against oxidative stress at the cellular level.

Specific benefits associated with USANA Nutritionals include healthy cardiovascular and immune function, strong bones and joints, healthy digestion, vision, cognitive function, and more.  USANA Foods support healthy glycemic control, making them a great foundation for healthy weight management.

Rev3 energy drink provides a healthier alternative to sugary crash-and-burn energy drinks, so you can get through your day focused and revitalized.

And USANA's Sensé skin and personal care products, formulated using patented Self-Preserving Technology" are designed to reverse visible signs of aging and help keep you look as young as you feel.

There is so much more to share about stress, so I'll do that in a future blog.  Meanwhile, take your Usana Essentials, the Active Calcium Plus, Gingko-PS and Pure Rest to help you deal with stress and sleep soundly, to greet each day with energy and focus.

Deanna Waters
Ask Me How to Achieve a Stress-Free, Energetic 
and Fulfilling Lifestyle with Usana

*Globe and Mail, News, October 30, 2010

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