Three Pillars of A Healthy Lifestyle

Mark Hurley | Self Improvement ❖

Various pillars can support our bodies. From a Civil Engineering perspective, a structure often needs foundation support because the underlying soil strength cannot withstand the various loads. In our life, stress often creates a load or overburden on our mental and physical state.

Over time, this will create negative reactions, and eventually weaken our internal structure. Stress, for instance, is a common feature in our daily lives. We strive to balance the duties associated with work and family, yet often leave negligible time for leisurely activity. To counter such circumstances, we should consider the following pillars of life to support our well being.




Stress is an inevitable part of life. In moderation, stress can be very beneficial for building up strength or resistance as the body adapts. Adaptogens such as ashwagandha (Indian ginseng) are well known to support the organ system, especially the adrenal glands.

The adrenal glands regulate the response to stress. During fight or flight reactions, the body uses adrenaline to promote alertness as a defense mechanism for survival. Excess stress, however, hampers adrenal function as energy shifts to deal with the response to stress which in turn promotes inflammation. Inflammation leads to the build-up of cortisol which is catabolic, meaning it can break down muscle tissue and create glucose via the gluconeogenesis cycle.

Glucose is a source of energy to deal with inflammation. The interactions of the body such as the organ system all work together in sync to create balance. As organs become overworked, energy is shifted to deal with underlying issues. Stress can contribute to hormone problems because the endocrine system will be shut down to compensate for the energy demand required to deal with stress. By restoring balance, such energy shifts will not occur. The body will then be able to support the demands of all the biochemical processes, which promote health and longevity.

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Where is the Limit?

 Many areas of life trigger stress aside from mentally draining activities. Drinking coffee in excess, for instance, can overburden the adrenal glands, which indirectly contributes to stress. Overtraining causes the liver to work in overdrive to supply enzymes for healing muscle tissue over a large surface area. Undereating reduces thyroid function, which indirectly inhibits detoxification pathways. But how do we know the fine line between excess and normal?

It depends heavily on our tolerance level and how well the body adapts to stress. Our body strives to minimize the stress endured for some activity, such as exercise, etc. There is a certain limit for stimuli to induce stress. For instance, a new activity must be introduced slowly and progressively, to allow the body to adapt to stress. Through this process, we can raise our tolerance limit and eventually build resistance to stress. Our body is very resilient and well equipped to deal with multiple circumstances by practicing moderation. Furthermore, we can move forward toward a healthier lifestyle by restoring balance.


eye, awareness


Being aware of our mental and physical well being is crucial to sustaining a healthy atmosphere. For instance, being situated in a certain environment can cause mental health to decline. To cope with this, we must have a positive state of mind and become aware of the necessary lifestyle changes to be made. Moreover, being aware of our strengths, weaknesses, and motivations is critical to direct us toward a healthier future. Hard work, grit, pain, and determination are always required to achieve success in life.

Follow The Stoic Way

Stoicism, a branch of philosophy, relies on the universal truth that many aspects in life are outside our control. A stoic becomes indifferent to these situations such as a traffic jam because it only worsens the outcome. A stoic would not reach this realization without being aware of their emotional well being. Minimizing negative emotions eventually helps us regain a positive mindset and become more resistant to stress. We should always live in gratitude for the endless supply of activity we can access each day and be content with each opportunity at our disposal.


social connection


There is a strong relationship between the connectivity of our neurons and the connection we share with people. Seclusion prevents the ability to develop social skills due to a lack of stimulus. The brain is highly plastic and very complex. There are so many different areas of the brain that work in synergy. As humans, we are always striving to progress in different areas of life. For instance, we strive to grow in areas relating to work, skills, or relationships. We try to seek novelty and share common interests.

Socializing helps strengthen the mind because we are all unique and share different values and ideas. It is much easier to attain success by remaining open to the perspective of others. Seeking a variety of activities and interests helps sustain mental health. Connecting with others is a gateway to keep the mind stimulated in multiple areas. Being able to share like interests ease tension, adds excitement, and expands knowledge. Moreover, neurons will density and communicate with higher frequency. Eventually, life progressively becomes more rewarding over time.


Deficiencies are an inevitable part of life. By gaining awareness, we can tackle and solve various health problems and overcome obstacles that stand in the way.


Humans need to socialize and connect with others. Connecting with friends and family stimulates the mind, eases tension, and promotes positive energy.


The human body is extremely resilient and strives to achieve balance. Practicing moderation in all aspects of life, for instance, will ensure that energy remains conserved to optimize health.



Following these three pillars of life will help restore health to its youthful state. Every cell in the body is intricately connected in synchrony, and carry out various messages to make life more exciting. The body continually tries to maintain balance to support growth and longevity while being aware of external stressors. Eventually, the process of adaptation allows us to survive countless situations that stand the test of time.

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Welcome to my site. I am Mark Hurley and I enjoy researching topics relating to Physiology, Psychology, Philosophy, and Mathematics. I have successfully reversed hormonal deficiency due to stress and created this blog to share with you what I've learned on my road to recovery.
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