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Stress and Ageing

Have you ever wondered why some people look younger than others? Why you suddenly look older after a stressful incident, and why some peoples health suffers more than others? Well, stress is scientifically responsible for all of that. Really? Yes! We can all have incredible treatments to make us look younger, many of which we offer at The TOA Clinic, however, to really reverse the signs of ageing and ill health, yes I said REVERSE, one needs to deal with stress.

So what is stress? Well, the Stress Management Society says this:

"Stress is primarily a physical response. When stressed, the body thinks it is under attack and switches to 'fight or flight' mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action."

Your hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts your adrenal glands, located atop your kidneys, to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.

Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain's use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues.

Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or-flight situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with regions of your brain that control mood, motivation and fear!

Ok, so enough of the science part! Basically, in a nutshell, stress causes Ageing and illnesses. Long term effects of stress disrupt the natural body processes, causing ageing, weight gain, insomnia, headaches, digestive problems, heart disease and so much more.

How to tackle stress

There are many ways in which to reduce and eliminate stress, at The TOA Clinic, we combine Cryotherapy with LSCP Therapy. Both increase your serotonin levels (happy hormones), and reduce and remove the physical effects of stress on the body. THEREBY REVERSING AGEING AND THE HARMFUL EFFECTS ON YOUR HEALTH!! :)

To find out more, have a look at our section on the Cryosauna, and to see what LSCP Therapy is, please goto

LSCP therapy can be found on the 4th Floor of the TOA Clinic. Book both together for only £150. You can also buy this experience as a gift for someone special, or someone who just needs to "chill out", a bit (terrible joke I know ;)

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