There are strategies available to manage your own biology that make you more resilient and less susceptible to all kinds of infections. Hormesis plays an integral role in mitigating stress and improving stress resilience, ultimately boosting the immune system. For stress to have beneficial effects of improved health, stress tolerance, growth, or longevity, you have to control the timing and dose of stressors. By controlling the timing of your stress and not allowing it to overload your system or leave you overly stressed, you decrease your exposure to illness and damage. This allows you to have a greater ability to recover from the effects of being ill. The amount of exposure to stress that you are exposed to is called the BIAx, which stands for Body Immune Inhibitory Index.
The BIAx is a health index used to predict illness by measuring the level of body inflammation and organ toxicity that you have been exposed to in the past. This is a measure of your past exposure to stress as well as your ability to withstand further stressors. If you are chronically overexposed to stress or are prone to organ overload with little inflammation or detoxification then you are prone to illness or damage. The lower your BIAx, the higher your level of illness or damage. The lower your BIAx, the lower your mortality risk.
On the other hand if you are chronically exposed to higher levels of stress that have been lessened or eliminated then you are less prone to illness. On the average, the person with the lowest levels of stress exposure has a 72% mortality risk reduction. This is because these people have the ability to breathe more easily, decrease their blood pressure, lower their pulse rate, lower their body weight, and have better circulation.
What this means in plain English is if you have been chronically exposed to high levels of stress you are more susceptible to illness and increased risk of death. On the other hand if you have been able to lessen or eliminate the stressors you are less prone to illness and increased risk of death. The idea is that when you are feeling less stress you can have a better immune system, so you are less susceptible to illness. When you are less stressed you are healthier.
What this comes down to is that by feeling less stressed you can have a healthier body. This is what the exercise science is telling us as we begin to understand how stress plays a role in many illnesses. Just by feeling less stressed you can lower your body risk of suffering from diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases. It is a simple as that.
Your body cannot function at its peak health if you are constantly in stressors. There is a limit that each person can handle. The higher the stressors that you are exposed to the higher the chance of illness.
So in conclusion, when you feel less stressed you are healthier. Feeling less stressed could mean taking up exercise or decreasing your exposure to stressors. This is what the exercise science is telling us as we learn to understand how your body works when you are feeling less stressed.
Now, you are able to understand the role that the hormones in our body have in your body and how hormone therapy can lower your body stress levels. This could be one of the most important things you will ever do for your body’s health and wellness. So, be proactive and take action with your hormones.