The negative and harmful effects of chronic and severe stress on health and survival are well realized. What is less appreciated is the fact that stress is also the principle and basis of all life processes. Stress from oxygen, from food and from the body's metabolism is what keeps the body functioning and alive. Repeatedly exposing ourselves to low levels of "stress of choice", for example physical and mental exercise, spices and fasting, improves health and increases our lifespan. This double role of stress is called hormesis, which gives a better perspective to understand and handle stress in daily life.
Professor Suresh Rattan Ph.D., Dr. scient. is a Biogerontologist studying the biological basis of ageing at Aarhus University. His research involves testing novel methods of intervention to maintain and improve health for achieving healthy ageing.
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