Stressed Out? Try This!
Stress can do one of two things… it can fuel your physical and mental performance, or it can SQUASH it.
Since you can’t avoid stressful situations in life, the trick is to make sure your body is responding in a way to help you instead of hurting you.
Researchers have recently identified a simple, truly revolutionary way to improve how your body responds to stress.
The great part is that not only can it boost your mental and physical performance within the stressful situation itself… but it can also help improve your physical health, emotional wellbeing, and your relationships to boot.
Researchers created a stressful environment with groups of people to see how expressing gratitude impacts someone’s stress response.
When given a challenging task, people respond in one of two ways:
- With a challenge response, which causes your heart to pump more blood, boosting your neurological response.
- With a threat response, which causes your heart to pump less blood, the vasculature to constrict, and blood flow to your periphery to be reduced… causing performance to decrease.
One response boosts performance, while the other hinders it—and the simple act of expressing gratitude—or being the recipient of it and feeling appreciated—could make all the difference.
The results showed that when teammates expressed gratitude to one another prior to doing the stressful task, their threat response was essentially eliminated.
In other words, they had a better heart-related stress response.
This study specifically evaluated people with casual work-type relationships in which individuals are working together to accomplish a common goal.
But the beneficial effects of giving and receiving gratitude don’t begin and end at work or school.
Whatever situation you find yourself in—whether it’s with family members, church members, community members, or work, try to be intentional about expressing gratitude to the people in your life.
Not only will it be good for them, but you’ll reap plenty of rewards as well.
Gratitude can beneficially impact many areas of your health—both emotionally and physically.
In fact, I wrote an entire article about the health benefits of gratitude in the most recent issue of my newsletter. Click here to read more.
Written By Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D.
For years he’s been the trusted doctor for celebrities, world-class athletes, and countless seniors looking to reclaim their health.
And now…for the first time ever… he’s making his medical breakthroughs available to readers all across America.
Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D. is one of the most pioneering and innovative minds in medicine today – and he delivers cutting-edge cures each month through his Natural Health Response newsletter.
Natural Health Response readers get full access to Dr. Gerhauser’s protocols for chronic pain… heart disease… diabetes… Alzheimer’s… and even cancer. These are the very same treatments Dr. Gerhauser recommends to his own patients at his practice in Tucson, Arizona.
In addition to being a board-certified medical doctor, Dr. Gerhauser has earned two master’s degrees and has served as a clinical professor at the University of Arizona.
And as a physician at the world-famous Canyon Ranch, Dr. Gerhauser treated celebrities from around the world who paid dearly for the type of next-generation health information he provides Natural Health Response readers each month.
View More Free Articles
Ladies, getting screened for breast cancer is vital. I want that to be clear. Breast cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer death in women. An estimated 12.9 percent of U.S. women will develop this disease in their lifetime, and about 42,000 women still die each year from it. Identifying and treating breast cancer...
In its early stages, glaucoma is often a silent disease with no clear signs of its presence. So, by the time you start to experience symptoms like glare and tunnel vision, you could already have irreversible eye damage. But there is hope. Studies show a natural, drug-free solution can improve visual function in folks with...
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has taken over as the leading cause of liver disease worldwide. It’s estimated to affect 32 percent of all adults—and up to 90 percent of those who are obese. But NAFLD doesn’t damage your liver alone. The disease ALSO sends your risk of dying from heart disease soaring. That is,...
Type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be a death sentence. It doesn’t even have to be permanent. You can take steps to send your diabetes packing. In fact, you can even normalize your HbA1C levels (a measurement of blood sugar over several months) without taking ANY medication. And new research reveals you won’t just reap...
Chronic inflammation is a classic case of “too much of a good thing.” When it’s acute, it helps your body fight infections, speeds up wound healing, helps prevent further injury, and more. But when acute inflammation turns chronic, it can lead to devastating tissue, organ, and cell damage. In fact, it’s estimated that 50 percent...
Fifty million Americans suffer from allergies. And if you’re one of them, you’re probably already dreading the countdown to spring. You remember all too well the sneezing, congestion, itchy nose, and watery eyes that make life MISERABLE when triggered by pollen, grass, and ragweed. There are plenty of drugs to help treat allergy symptoms. However,...
Your arteries are like superhighways carrying nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood to the rest of your body. You want these passages to flow like the Autobahn but, too often, they look like I-95 at rush hour. This not only reduces blood flow but increases your risk for heart attack, stroke, and death. And sure, there are...
America has a libido problem. In general, about 32 percent of women and 15 percent of men report trouble in the bedroom. This crisis impacts both physical and mental health—and for many women, it can make it feel like the intimacy you and your partner once knew is gone forever. The pressure to perform can...
It’s NECESSARY for your heart, muscles, and nerves to function correctly. It’s also essential for building and maintaining strong bones. But when calcium ends up where it doesn’t belong, it can literally kill you. Coronary artery calcification (CAC) occurs when calcium builds up in your arteries. This contributes to impaired blood flow to your heart,...
Your body needs calcium. It’s NECESSARY for your heart, muscles, and nerves to function correctly. It’s also essential for building and maintaining strong bones. But when calcium ends up where it doesn’t belong, it can literally kill you. Coronary artery calcification (CAC) occurs when calcium builds up in your arteries. This contributes to impaired blood...