| ||Naturopathic Medicine: Six Ways Your Lifestyle Can Make a Difference||
Lauri Aesoph M. ND ©
Last, but not least, there's stress. Although we've come to know stress as an emotional or mental strain, it can also refer to an imbalance of any health habit: eating too much sugar or fat, exercising too much or too little, not getting enough rest. Or it can mean exposure to pollution, poisons or excessive noise. Whatever the cause, repeated stress can lead to sickness.
Although much of our knowledge about stress's affect on health is anecdotal, research continues to be done on the link between disease and stress. Herpes (25), menstrual cramps (26), the common cold (27), angina (chest pain) (28) and even cavities (29) are aggravated or brought on in part by emotional or mental stress.
We can't control everything about our health. Genetics, accidents, age and pollution are out of our reach. But we can make decisions about some things like diet, exercise, rest, smoking and drinking. The best life is made up of healthy choices.
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