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Worrying About Good Health May Lead to Bad Health

If you fret too much about your health you can actually undermine it. This is the conclusion of a recent study covered by VOA. Obsessive worry about the threat of disease is known as health anxiety and it can lead to heart issues. Another danger is that rather than addressing legitimate health concerns, the sufferer instead adopts unhealthy habits as a coping mechanism.

Stress can counteract the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. This does not mean that a nourishing diet and well executed exercise program are futile endeavors. In fact, the combination of junk food and stress is especially dangerous.

Anxiety can influence your gut health, affecting the movement and contractions in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract and increasing inflammation. Stress can alter the benefits your body receives from healthy foods. Stress can stifle nutrient absorption, decrease digestive enzymatic production up to 20,000 fold and reduce blood flow to your digestive system.

One of the best ways to address stress is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over 5,000 years, but without the invasiveness of needles. EFT is an empowering multipurpose tool that can help cope with stress and positively impact your health.

Additionally, exercise is one the best ways to fight depression. To paralyze oneself with health worries may be counterproductive, but this in no way diminishes the importance of staying fit and active. Exercise is more than just a long term strategy to lose weight, prevent disease and promote longevity. It is a daily tool that can immediately enhance your mood and reduce stress.
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