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Book Club 7.18.19 “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers”

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Join us on 7.18.19 at 7pm in the North BeachFit Building. Can’t wait to see you there!  -Coach Whit

We’ve all heard of the fight or flight syndrome. It’s the typical response to a stressor on the human body.

As humans with complex brains, this syndrome doesn’t just kick on when we are faced with grave danger, like when a hungry lion is approaching you.   It also kicks on when we experience psychological stress.

In our modern day life, the stress response mechanism is put into overdrive which actually puts our bodies at MORE risk of stress related illnesses.

Dr. Robert M Sapolsky is the author of “Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers,” and brings light to how chronic stress can undermine your health and wellness AND what to do about it.

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Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping

As humans, we are stressed constantly by job interviews, taxes, tight deadlines or an unexpected visit from your boss or in-laws.  This is the same way a Zebra gets stressed by the presence of a lion, but instead of only having this stress response in the immediate presence of this danger, we bring it on way AHEAD of the time it could arrive.

So, basically, we as humans have mastered the art of overusing our body’s energy in the wrong places and at the wrong time while leaving us completely out of energy when we need it the most.

Although stress is just a part of the EQUATION of health and wellness, there are some things we can do to reduce our own stress in order to increase health. Dr. Sapolsky dives into practical and applicable advice for stress management in the book.

At the next Books and Bowls Bookclub on 7.18.19 we will discuss these three key principles from the book

1.      Stress-Response Mechanism = Fight-or-Flight Syndrome

2.      How to Treat Stress: Few Practical Bits of Advice

3.      Stress Is Bad… But Let’s Not Stress Out Over It

Feel free to bring your copy of the book, and a healthy dish to share 7.18.19 at 7pm in the North BeachFit Building. Can’t wait to see you there!

-Coach Whit