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At Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX, our dedicated team prioritizes your physical health and emotional well-being. Part of preventive care is understanding the stresses which impact our patients, the effects on their bodies, and how we can help them manage stress responses. Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal want you well equipped so you function well and love life.
Just what is stress?
Sounds like a really basic question, doesn't it? Intuitively, we all know when we feel stressed. However, what causes it, and what does it do to our overall wellness?
The Cleveland Clinic defines stress as anything which changes bodily function quickly or chronically, over time. A too-long, quick-paced work environment causes stress on your body. So, does a car accident, moving to a new home, or getting married.
While some stress is positive (you need a deadline to accomplish many tasks efficiently), too much can harm our physical and emotional well-being. Instead of strengthening our resolve and ordering our priorities, intense, repeated stress puts the body into "fight or flight" mode continually. In short, we wear down physiologically.
Impacts on the body
Stress touches everything. It triggers the release of many chemicals--hormones--which, for the short-term, help you get through a crisis. Constantly or repeatedly released hormones, such as cortisol, harden arteries, increase blood pressure, upset the stomach and bowel, increase inflammatory processes, and reduce your ability to fight off acute and chronic disease. Research cited by the American Psychological Association demonstrates it.
Examples of how your body responds to stress include:
- Muscle tension
- Shortness of breath
- Panic attacks
- Chronic fatigue
- GI pain and bloating
- Poor absorption of key nutrients
- Decreased sexual function and libido
- Irregular menstruation
- Heart attack, hypertension, and stroke
- High blood glucose and cholesterol levels
Managing your stress
At Rios Healthcare Associates, Dr. Rios and Dr. Neal recognize the signs of stress in their patients, and they can help. Simple lifestyle modifications can reduce physiological stress. Our Houston, TX, team suggests:
- No tobacco
- Limited alcohol and caffeine intake
- Seven to nine hours of sleep per night
- Routine exercise
- Talking it out with a trusted friend, therapist, or pastor
Contact Rios Healthcare Associates
We are here for your ongoing and emergency health needs, including stress management. For a personal consultation with Dr. Tomas Rios or Dr. Nicolin Neal in our Houston, TX, office, call us. We are open seven days a week. Phone (832) 323-9230.
Women’s health care focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of various conditions and diseases that not only impact your physical wellbeing, but your emotional health as well. Healthy habits are the most effective way to prevent all sorts of health issues and live life more fully. However, healthy living might take a back seat to your busy schedule, work, errands, household chores, etc.
Here at Rios Healthcare Associates, PLLC, in Houston, TX, we understand all of this, which is why we offer women’s health care services under the management of Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal. Meanwhile, you can take these practical steps towards a healthier and happier life.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet should include plenty of fresh veggies and fruits, whole grains, fresh fish, fiber-rich foods, low-fat dairy, lean cuts of poultry and meat, and healthy fats from olive oil, seeds, or nuts.
Just Keep On Moving
Aside from helping you maintain a healthy weight, tons of studies have also proven that exercise can help decrease your risk of developing chronic health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and cancer among many others.
Stress can come from a multitude of things and can manifest in many different forms, including:
- Stomach problems
- High blood pressure
- Back pain
- Sleeping difficulties
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Sleeping issues
- Relationship conflicts
Fortunately, you can take control of your stress through relaxation techniques like meditating, exercising, doing yoga, or going to therapy.
Take Control of Your Sexual Health
Sexual health needs of women span decades and cover a broad range of issues including safe sexual practices, preventing unplanned pregnancies, and addressing a reduced sexual appetite. A healthy sex life can reduce your risk of heart attacks and high blood pressure and improve your stress levels.
Take Charge of Your Breast Health
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is among the most common kinds of cancer that affect women in the US. That being said, the ACS recommends that women should start receiving annual mammograms once they turn 40. Here at Rios Healthcare Associates, PLLC, in Houston, TX, we offer mammograms as part of our breast care services.
Have Regular Doctor Checkups
Besides gynecological and breast checkups, you should likewise go to your doctor regularly for general screening and health exams. In general, you should have your blood, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels checked among others. Done regularly, these preventive tests could help you keep on top of your overall health.
Ready to Take Control of Your Health?
Call Rios Healthcare Associates, PLLC, in Houston, TX, at (832) 323-9230 to schedule a visit with Dr. Tomas Rios or Dr. Nicolin Neal. We also welcome walk-ins.