Research shows those who experience a happier lifestyle also appear to be healthier. Happy people had lower levels of the hormone cortisol, also known as the "stress" hormone. Higher levels of cortisol increase blood pressure, lower immune function and can even increase abdominal fat deposits. It is essential to keep cortisol levels low for optimal health.
Thus, those under psychological stress at work and at home will experience elevated cortisol levels, which in turn can adversely affect their cardiovascular and immune health as well as contribute to obesity. Aside from exercising and eating right, it also appears leading an overall "happy" lifestyle is important for maintaining one's health.
Source: American Journal of Epidemiology, January 1, 2008.
Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. of TLC Holistic Wellness specializes in helping people reduce their stress levels. Patients are evaluated and placed on individually custom designed programs to reduce elevated cortisol levels or to rise depressed cortisol levels. To learn more about your cortisol levels, or for a personal evaluation of all the factors in your life that could be causing your body to produce unwanted cortisol call us at 734-664-0339