What is the Mind-Body Protocol?
Stress reduction and mindfulness are increasingly recognized as essential aspects of men’s health. Our Mind-body Protocol emphasizes strategies that prioritize mental health and wellness.
Stress is a silent killer and a major cause of poor health in men. The countless responsibilities and pressures of everyday life create increased stress. This is detrimental to a man’s health because the hormonal and immune system responses it triggers become dysregulated. Chronic stress leads to a chronic state of inflammation in the body which then leads to the onset and progression of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and coronary artery disease, insulin resistance, neurodegenerative diseases, depression, even cancer. We don’t often recognize the impact of stress until it’s too late.
We understand that men often view stress as just a normal part of life. Acknowledging (much less discussing) our problems and sources of stress is not easy. Included in the Concierge Wellness Plan, our Mind-Body Protocol is a unique blend of techniques and strategies that will guide you as you work toward tranquility and improved wellness. At The Men’s Clinic, we want to empower you with the tools that will help you counter the long-term devastating effects of stress. We believe that achieving true wellness and vitality means addressing the whole person: body and mind.
Mind-Body Care FAQs
What is the best supplement for stress?
Common supplement ingredients used to help improve mood and/or sleep quality (stress can often lead to insomnia) include melatonin, vitamin D, B-complex vitamins, magnesium, L-theanine, L-tryptophan, ashwagandha and 5-HTP. Always let your doctor know what supplements, vitamins and minerals you are taking to make sure they do not affect any of your prescription medications.
How long does stress last?
Stress can be a long-term or short-term problem. Sometimes it is difficult to pinpoint the causes of your stress but once you do, you can develop an effective treatment plan to help you cope with and limit your stress.
How can I reduce stress?
To reduce stress, make sure you get enough sleep, eat a nutritionally balanced diet, limit alcohol intake, and exercise regularly. You can also try meditation, supplements, yoga, or cognitive behavioral therapy.
How do mental health problems affect physical health?
Your body is an interconnected system of nerves, electrical signals and hormones that send messages back and forth between your brain and the body. Stress can lead to chemical changes in the brain. Other chemical changes in the brain can cause mental health problems. These changes create imbalances and negative messages that are sent out to the body through the nervous system. This is why people who, for example, suffer from depression or chronic stress may feel tired, low energy, body aches, and reduced appetite.
How do I know if I have coronary artery disease?
Coronary artery disease can start developing in our teens or early twenties. The symptoms of advanced coronary artery disease usually manifest many years later. If you feel a sudden onset of fatigue, have tightness or pressure in your chest, or shortness of breath, you should let your doctor know right away or call 911 since these may be signs of heart disease or other serious medical conditions.
How can I prevent heart disease?
You can prevent heart disease by creating a wellness plan that focuses on good nutrition and a healthy mind and body using clinically proven supplements, exercise, stress reduction, and anti-aging strategies.
What's the difference between chronic stress and acute stress?
Acute stress is a short-term feeling produced by our body to help us cope in situations like a car crash or an argument. We are usually able to calm down and relax after these situations. Sometimes, ongoing problems or circumstances in our lives put us in a state of chronic stress
Can stress lower my testosterone levels?
It is possible for stress to lower testosterone when the stress is prolonged and unmanaged. Try exercising, meditation, or breathing techniques to help you manage, cope with and reduce your stress.
Will exercising reduce stress?
Yes! When you exercise, your body releases natural painkillers called endorphins and other mood-boosting chemicals which help your body and mind feel great. These endorphins reduce stress and create a positive feeling, both mentally and physically.
What will chronic stress and inflammation do to my body?
The entire body is affected by chronic stress and inflammation: headaches, digestive problems, anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating, low energy, fertility problems, pain, disturbed sleep, and a higher risk for conditions such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
How does stress cause inflammation, and why is this bad for my body?
Cytokines, chemicals released by stress, are a partial cause of inflammation. When you are stressed, more of these chemicals are released which leads to more inflammation. Chronic stress leads to a state of chronic inflammation in the body.
What Steps Should I Take Going Forward?
Wellness and vitality begin when you decide to take charge of your mind, body, and lifestyle. To meet with our team and take advantage of the many benefits of our program philosophy, contact our Tucson office by calling or filling out our online form.Contact Us!
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