Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I found this

Manage stress.

Stress increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, dampens your immune system and can trigger or aggravate skin problems. It also increases stomach acid production and slows digestion.

Because stress is unavoidable for most people, the key is to learn to handle it effectively — a task that's made easier by a nutritious diet, adequate rest, regular exercise and healthy ways to relax. If you have trouble relaxing, consider taking up meditation or studying yoga or tai chi. These disciplines can help focus your mind, calm your anxieties and reduce physical tension. In addition, therapeutic massage may loosen taut muscles and calm frazzled nerves.

Everyone ever experience stress. It is the matter how we manage it. Since the episode of epigastric pain associated with rebound tenderness last weekend, I think I have acute gastritis. Sound very familiar right but I don't want to suffer it throughout my life. Looking at the the risk factor, none of them appropriate but stress is the most possible one.

The scariest part is when the article from mayoclinic said it can dampen my immune system, slow the digestion. Which mean it can impair my mission to reduce body weight. Then, let's look at how the prevent and control the symptom:
  • Practice good eating habits. Just as important as what you eat is the manner in which you eat. Eat moderate proportions, eat at regular times and relax while you eat. I'll try this sepecially the relax part!!!!
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Digestive problems can occur no matter what your weight. But heartburn, bloating and constipation tend to be more common in people who are overweight. Maintaining a healthy weight can often help prevent or reduce these symptoms. Not that I'm not aware but I'm trying to..
  • Get plenty of exercise. Aerobic exercise that increases your breathing and heart rate also stimulates the activity of intestinal muscles, helping to move food waste through your intestines more quickly. It's best to aim for at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity every day. Check with your doctor before you begin an exercise program.
  • Manage stress.

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