Hormesis - tempering your body and mind
How to use stress to improve your health and wellbeing
What is Hormesis?
We all know that exercise generally makes you stronger. Too much, of course can cause injury. Exercise, is an example of hormesis. Up to a certain point, it strengthens, beyond that, it weakens.
But physical exercise is just one example of hormesis; other examples of hormetic stress include exposure to:
- Thermal stress, i.e. exposure to extremes of cold and heat. For example: ice baths, cold showers on one hand, hot saunas on the other.
- Caloric restriction, i.e. fasting. For example: intermittent fasting, water fasting and dry fasting.
- Chemical hormesis, i.e. taking suppliments. For example, polyphenols in green tea are known to have anioxidant properties at low levels, yet high levels can be toxic (new scientist).