Hi friends, What a strange question???
You know that stress has a big impact on your health. This is true not only because stress affects your immune system, but also because stress, especially severe stress, can damage the chromosomes. But bad health also causes a lot of stress. Therefore, we decided this year to write occasionally about health issues in general.
There is convincing research from Britain that stress directly increases the risk of being overweight. Worse stress adds dangerous fat around your belly and your inner organs, a strong indicator of metabolic disease. 80% of overweight people have metabolic disease. But not just overweight people, today about 40% of normal weight people have metabolic disease too. Now what got us to write about this.
Yesterday a friend posted a photo of 5 buddies having breakfast at a famous local hangout. From the research we have done in the past year on stress and nutrition we couldn’t let go of this picture. Why? Because at least 3 of the people in the picture look like they will shorten their lives. If they don’t do something drastic, their lives will be cut short by up to a dozen years. And the last few years of their lives will not be healthy. Those “golden years” will most likely be unhappy, perhaps miserable. How can we say this?
We are reading a book by a famous medical doctor. The book is about a healthy lifestyle which doesn’t cost you anything. It would probably even save you money. If the 3 buddies in picture don’t do something like this doctor suggests, they’ll be in trouble. He has a list of health problems which go together with metabolic disease. Here is the list:
Is this alarmist or exaggerated? Not really. There is plenty of research and he explains most of it in the book.
What to do? We learned about this free and easily available tool to improve health from a leading U of M cancer specialist. He uses the technique with his entire research team. The technique is called intermittent fasting. It is easy and safe to start with it. There is a lot of good information available. But now we are reading this outstanding book about the subject. It’s written by the now famous Dr. Jason Fung, MD. He wrote it together with an also well known health author and blogger, Jimmy Moore:
“The Complete Guide to Fasting”
Now don’t be scared away. You don’t need to fast to benefit from the book - if you don’t want to do that right away. Because the book teaches you so much about nutrition, metabolism and health, it’s worth reading just for the education. Therefore, if you want to know how to live longer and healthier get this book.
Read the list of the health problems above again. If any of them concern you personally get the book and start reading.
To your health and wellbeing,
Warm regards, Fred & Judy
Fred George Sauer, MS, MS Eng, Chief Stress Coach, Performance & Productivity Specialist
Judith Lynch-Sauer, PhD, RN, Scientific Advisor, Clinical Professor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing ret.
PS: Don’t forget to keep up a daily routine of managing stress. That too helps you to better health. Many of you have my book, “The Girl Who Couldn’t Laugh, the Neuroscience of Stress Management”.
PPS: Get it out now and check Appendix 2 for quick help with stress. Reread the second part of the book for the full technique and a deeper understanding.
Fred George Sauer Founder of SciStress
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