We live in a fast-paced, high-stress world that takes a toll on our body’s defenses. Our immune system is like a bank that offers two accounts: a short-term account for immediate withdrawals, and a long-term account for a rainy day. The short-term account is for day to day stress management; it gets quickly depleted, but it can also be restored. The long-term account, however, is what we draw upon when the short-term account is empty. It can’t be as easily restored. Our best strategy, therefore, is to keep replenishing our short-term account. How can we do that?
Today there is an abundance of research on the ways that stress “rusts” (or oxidizes) our essential life systems such as cardiovascular, neurological, and glandular functions. The “oxidants” that cause the rust can be combated by eating foods rich in antioxidants and by taking organic supplements.