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21 Mindful Minutes a Day Keep the Cardiologist Away

Article by: avantaridhyana
Written on 2021-03-28T18:45:39+00:00

Imagine for a moment that the heart is an employee working in a large MNC. It’s crunch time, and the heart is pulling an all-nighter to meet a tight deadline for a project. Now imagine if this employee is given a tight deadline every day. Week after week they’re overloaded, constantly working on overdrive without break. Sooner or later they will burnout. 

This analogy isn’t far from how the human body reacts to situations of stress. When our bodies perceive stress, our adrenal glands make and release a hormone called cortisol into the bloodstream. Cortisol pushes the heart to pump faster and narrows the arteries to increase blood pressure. It also releases a flood of glucose and inhibits insulin production so that the glucose is available as an immediate energy source for muscles. The body is now in ‘fight or flight’ mode. This evolutionary mechanism cannot be controlled; when the body perceives a threat, the cortisol reacts accordingly. But when we spend most of our time in high-stress situations, this same biological mechanism has an adverse impact on our body. The constant release of cortisol leads to high blood-sugar levels and increased cardiac risk. Constricted arteries and high blood pressure can lead to blood-vessel damage and build-up of plaque. These conditions, if untended, lead to a heart attack or stroke. 

While it is impossible to eliminate stress from our lives, what we can control is our response to it. Despite our biological response being hardwired into our bodies, the perception of stress as a threat takes place in our mind. The practice of daily mindfulness empowers us to perceive stress as non-threatening. Mindfulness practitioners perceive stress as a challenge and therefore their bodies release cortisol in limited quantities. Research has shown that twenty-one mindful minutes a day help regulate our stress responses, thus severely limiting the risk of a cardiovascular incident. As children, we were taught that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. As to how to keep the significantly more expensive cardiologist away, we had no idea. 

Until now.  

Source: https://www.premierhealth.com/your-health/articles/women-wisdom-wellness-/beware-high-levels-of-cortisol-the-stress-hormone

Also Read: 21 mindful minutes a day tames the emotional rollercoaster

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21 Mindful Minutes a Day Keep the Cardiologist Away

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Written on 2021-03-28T18:45:39+00:00

Imagine for a moment that the heart is an employee working in a large MNC. It’s crunch time, and the heart is pulling an all-nighter to meet a tight deadline for a project. Now imagine if this employee is given a tight deadline every day. Week after week they’re overloaded, constantly working on overdrive without break. Sooner or later they will burnout. 

This analogy isn’t far from how the human body reacts to situations of stress. When our bodies perceive stress, our adrenal glands make and release a hormone called cortisol into the bloodstream. Cortisol pushes the heart to pump faster and narrows the arteries to increase blood pressure. It also releases a flood of glucose and inhibits insulin production so that the glucose is available as an immediate energy source for muscles. The body is now in ‘fight or flight’ mode. This evolutionary mechanism cannot be controlled; when the body perceives a threat, the cortisol reacts accordingly. But when we spend most of our time in high-stress situations, this same biological mechanism has an adverse impact on our body. The constant release of cortisol leads to high blood-sugar levels and increased cardiac risk. Constricted arteries and high blood pressure can lead to blood-vessel damage and build-up of plaque. These conditions, if untended, lead to a heart attack or stroke. 

While it is impossible to eliminate stress from our lives, what we can control is our response to it. Despite our biological response being hardwired into our bodies, the perception of stress as a threat takes place in our mind. The practice of daily mindfulness empowers us to perceive stress as non-threatening. Mindfulness practitioners perceive stress as a challenge and therefore their bodies release cortisol in limited quantities. Research has shown that twenty-one mindful minutes a day help regulate our stress responses, thus severely limiting the risk of a cardiovascular incident. As children, we were taught that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. As to how to keep the significantly more expensive cardiologist away, we had no idea. 

Until now.  

Source: https://www.premierhealth.com/your-health/articles/women-wisdom-wellness-/beware-high-levels-of-cortisol-the-stress-hormone

Also Read: 21 mindful minutes a day tames the emotional rollercoaster

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