Stress-Reduction Techniques Can Decrease Risk of Heart Disease

According to an article on, recent studies funded by the Medical College of Wisconsin and Iowa’s Maharishi University have concluded that people who use stress-reduction techniques such as breathing exercises and meditation can significantly reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke and death attributed to heart disease.

How Stress Affects Your Health:

The impact that stress has on our health is ten-fold. Stress increases the production of the stress hormone known as cortisol, which can lead to metabolic abnormalities often typified by weight gain and hormonal imbalances such as stress-induced adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue wreaks havoc on the body, inhibiting the production of DHEA. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is widely referred to as “the mother of all hormones” because it regulates the production of all hormones throughout the body. A DHEA deficiency usually leads to a host of other symptoms related to hormonal imbalance such as inflammation, which has been said to be the number one cause of everything from cancer to coronary disease.

How Stress-Reduction Techniques Can Help:

Stress-reduction techniques such as breathing exercises and meditation can have been proven to decrease one’s risk of heart disease by up to 47%. Meditation has been a common practice for centuries and is widely recognized as the most effective way to relieve all types of stress; physical, mental and emotional. It’s important to understand that stress takes many different forms. Stress can manifest itself through host of symptoms such as anxiety, depression, low libido, memory loss, irritability and fatigue. It’s important to find productive coping strategies to deal with stress, instead of resorting to unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking to deal with everyday stressors. Meditation is not a “band-aid,” quick-fix solution that only works for a short period of time. Meditation can help us pinpoint stress and resolve it using exercises that promote mindfulness, mental acuity and peace of mind.     

Here’s a great video featuring Dr. Eric Honing BodyLogicMD of Phoenix and Dr. Gregory Pippert of BodyLogicMD of Minneapolis discussing how bioidentical hormones can help with stress reduction:

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