According to Health Canada, stroke is the third leading cause of death in Canada with more than 50,000 strokes per year. High blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for having a stroke, and one of the biggest contributors to high blood pressure is stress!
Our lives are inherently stressful, and it’s making us sick.
When you’re under stress and under the influence of the stress hormone cortisol, your heart has to work harder, inflammation increases in the body, and your blood pressure goes up. This can increase your risk of clots forming and travelling through the bloodstream to the heart or brain, causing a heart attack or stroke.
While cortisol can help keep us safe in dangerous situations, most of our stress doesn’t come from life threatening events! According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation “8 in 10 cases of premature heart disease and stroke cases are preventable through healthy lifestyle behaviours.”
This means there’s a lot we can do for ourselves!
The big question is, how do you deal with stress?
Next, look at your list of things that caused you to feel stressed:
After you have reviewed your list of stressors and how you plan to approach each one, you can do some simple things to help your body cope and get out of a cortisol producing pattern. Be deliberate and aim to build some healthy habits. These ones are tried and proven, but you can no doubt add more to the list!
A perfect partner to these strategies is taking Truehope EMP, our micronutrient supplement. Studied during the New Zealand Earthquake in 2010 and the Southern Alberta floods in 2013, it proved itself as a worthwhile addition to help people manage stress during natural disasters. If it can help in really stressful situations like that, it can certainly help in daily life when you’re stuck in traffic!
Reducing stress has been shown time and time again to be good for your health. It is THE most challenging area of health to address, and the work is never done. But do it in a conscious and deliberate way and you will not only dramatically reduce your risk of stroke, but you will find greater overall health and wellbeing.
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