Stress is above all a healthy adaptive response to threatening situations (in this case labelled "good stress"). Good stress can help us handle difficult situations via activation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the central nervous system (CNS). It helps us focus all our energy to handle the threat, and not 'waste' it elsewhere on functions that can wait. Stress also helps us recover from the threatening situation. However, if the pressure increases, stress can become counter productive ("bad stress" or "distress"), and when we are continuously bombarded with difficult and threatening situations, without time to recuperate or recover, the continued cortisol production can wreak havok on our health. This includes supressed immune system, cardiovascular problems, weight gain, early aging, thyroid disorders and more. Learn how our hormone test kits can help you fight bad stress and burnout.
PERSOMETRICS FOR WEIGHT CONTROL
Some people tout paleotarianism or Atkins diets, branding carbohydrates as the enemy. Other specialists place themselves in the exact opposite camp. The reason for all the contradictions could be due to differences in genetic makeup. Indeed, everyone is born with certain predispositions to different health conditions and this includes how easy it is for you to reach your ideal weight. For instance, certain genes predict hunger and satiety signals, making it harder for some people to feel full; other genes are related to how your body responds to low-carb or high-carb diets. Learn more about how DNA testing and nutrigenomics / nutrigenetics can assist you in weight-loss and weight-gain.