Healing Hormones How To Turn On Natural Chemicals to Reduce Stress

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-11-05
  • Publisher: Ronin Publishing

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Worried about the nexus between stress and disease? Your know you’ve got to relax - but how? Stopping at the gym for an hour workout after work is not realistic. Prescription drugs and risk getting “hooked”? You should mediation - but how when you can’t calm down!

Authors Mark Estren, a Pulitzer-winning journalist who writes about medical and health, and self-help author, Docpotter show how emotional self-talk - like “shoulding” - sets off the “stress response” and how chronic stress can harm your health. More importantly, Estren and Potter offer a fresh, fun-filled approach to toning down stress, while having more fun.*

Healing Hormones explains how to turn on natural chemicals - such as by dancing, running, snuggling, laughing, eating chocolate - to reduce stress and improve quality of your life. Anxious about a coming encounter? Snuggle your dog, while focusing on the “experience,” right before meeting tells your brain to produce oxytocin, which soothes anxiety and facilitates socializing. No pet to snuggle? Watch a funny movie instead. Make sure to laugh hard to stimulates your body to produce natural morphine-like calming chemicals, called endorphins, and you may “ace” the encounter!

*Anticipating laughing and fun stimulates endorphin production! Go ahead: Laugh!

Author Biography

Mark James Estren. PhD Nationally known journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner. Named one of the “People to Watch” by Fortune magazine. Executive producer (CBS and ABC News; also PBS). Major contributor to In a Word (Dell). Current contributor to The Washington Post. Current contributor to Bottom Line newsletter group. Current contributor to Journal of Animal Ethics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Stressors and the stress response
Chapter 2: First line of defense—the relaxation response
Chapter 3: Nitric oxide for heart health
Chapter 4: Get Smart about Dopamine
Chapter 5: Endorphins, the paradoxical healers
Chapter 6: Serotonin—Take It Easy
Chapter 7: Oxytocin—Cuddle Chemical
Chapter 8: Oxytocin's Dark Side
Chapter 9: Harnessing Hormones
Chapter 10: Effective De-stressing

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