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Is Stress the Enemy?

Is Stress the Enemy?

Stress has been vilified for years as the cause of your health problems:

Do you have stress?

Is stress killing you?

Stress, the silent killer.

However, research shows that stress does not kill at all. In fact, stress can be good for you.

So, what then is it that causes us ill-health?

Inability to adapt to stress.

Of course, it would be a great idea to minimize unnecessary stress, however let’s place the blame for our health issues where they are deserved: on your lack of adaptation.

Adaptation happens in the nervous system. In fact, the nervous system houses the control mechanism for these actions of adaptation. Knowing this, It would make sense to keep that as healthy as possible.


The intelligence

We understand that the human body is a marvelous machine, which can accomplish amazing things. We know that there is an amazing intelligence within you that is in control of all actions, adapting you to the environment you live.
Innate intelligence is a term that chiropractors use to label the intelligent power within each and every living thing. This powerful maestro orchestrates life itself. Knowing what chemicals need to be filtered to breathe, and being able to use this polluted environment we live in at times to thrive is no small feat. These are just a few examples of your innate intelligence’s job.
Honoring this innate intelligence means trusting your body, not stressing it when possible, and acknowledging that you are not a random heap of materials that lives in a poorly organized fashion. You were powerfully made, and your innate intelligence needs no interference. This is called “thinking inside-out”. This is how we approach your health at Adjust.img_0279

Isn’t that normal?

Often, a 35-50 year old individual, whom initially enters my office, believes that it is normal to feel fatigue midday. They chalk it up to kids, age, stress at work, spousal issues, etc. No doubt, there will always be times when stress will get us down.

However, regular fatigue by 2pm is not normal at all. Fatigue is the body’s way of trying to get you to slow down. Honestly, most of us in our current work environments are not really working as hard as we use to 500 years ago. If you are hunting for 6 hours, walking and running great distances to catch your food, a midday nap is acceptable. However, if your workday consists of simple chores around the house, some computer work, checking emails, and running a couple of errands, then you should have plenty of energy left for the afternoon.

This message you are receiving from your body is this: you are not recovering properly. I have found these are the 3 most likely reasons:

  1. Your immune system is working too hard.
  2. Your adrenal glands are overworked (often noticed by poor quality sleep).
  3. Your digestion is not properly assimilating the nutrients as it should.

So what to do? Do we take more vitamins, drink more coffee, step it up to a Monster Energy? Um….no. For long-term, positively-affecting-health changes try this:

  1. Work on your ability to adapt. This is what it means to not recover properly. I talk about this on YouTube. Check it out here.
  2. Take time to consider the power of your innate intelligence. 
  3. Get adjusted. Your ability to handle stress properly is directly proportional to the health of your spine and nerve system. Find a chiropractor that measures your nerve system, utilizes pure chiropractic techniques and has an understanding of your health goals.

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It’s interesting how we change to suit our environment.  This inborn ability to adapt and change is seen in animals easily, like when a lizard changes color to suit its background.  Our change is not so obvious, however it does happen.  When it’s cold outside, for example, our skin texture literally changes.  We call it a cute name, like “goose bumps”, however it’s an extraordinary way our body keeps us warm.  Another change is when we stay in the water too long, and our hands start to wrinkle up.  Imagine if all the water in the bath would just leach into your body!  What a massive, terrible effect this would have on your ability to control your inner balance.

To think that some adaptations as these are good, and others are bad, and in need of our intervention constantly amazes me.  How do you know what the temperature your body needs to be when fighting a harmful invader to your system?  Yet, at the first sign of a “high” temperature, we take our children straight to the emergency room!

I love the fact that I don’t have to know what my temperature needs to be.  I also don’t know what my blood pressure should be at any given time.  All I need to know is that I have the power to heal.  I have a clear nerve system that keeps all my processes of my body functioning perfectly.  I just need to not get in the way with thoughts of how the body should and shouldn’t be working.  If I can do that, I will be everything I am supposed to be, per my Innate’s discretion.

Matthew M Mix, DC