visión de conjunto:STRESS EFFECTS is an essential read for anyone affected by stress especially those who experience breathing-related symptoms or conditions including anxiety panic attacks depression asthma chronic obstructive pulmonary disease cardiovascular disease hypertension hypotension gastro-oesophageal reflux snoring sleep apnoea and a range of other medical conditions.Written by a Respiratory Educator and Founder of The Breathing Clinic STRESS EFFECTS delves into the science of breathing and the effects of stress on the respiratory system and breathing patterns explaining how stress can lead to hyperventilation thoracic-dominant breathing rapid breathing and mouth breathing and how these breathing patterns can reinforce stress trigger adverse symptoms and worsen a range of medical conditions. The author explains how contrary to popular belief “deep breathing” can actually worsen stress and why it is important to learn the 4 key elements of the real breathing antidote to stress while listening to the guided relaxation that accompanies this book.As the author is also a certified GAPS™ Practitioner who has trained with Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride (author of “Gut and Psychology Syndrome”) STRESS EFFECTS goes beyond the respiratory system to explore how stress compromises digestive functions and can create imbalance in the gut microbiome leading to intestinal permeability (commonly known as “leaky gut”) which is linked to a range of chronic health conditions including allergies asthma irritable bowel syndrome chronic obstructive pulmonary disease chronic fatigue fibromyalgia irritable bowel disease and other autoimmune conditions autism spectrum disorder some cancers sexually transmitted diseases and certain conditions affecting the urogenital tract.The author also explains how stress can take its toll on the adrenal glands leading to abnormally low cortisol levels adrenal fatigue and symptoms of “burn-out” which can sometimes be mistaken for depression. The link between stress addiction and addiction relapse is also explored and the importance of diet and nutrition in overcoming addiction and promoting good gut health and adrenal function is outlined. Breathing difficulty associated with everyday activities such as speaking exercise and sleeping can be an unnecessary source of stress for many people. STRESS EFFECTS includes additional chapters on these issues and provides specific recommendations to reduce breathing problems associated with these everyday activities with the added benefits of improving sleep quality enhancing exercise and sports performance and developing a healthy breathing foundation for life.STRESS EFFECTS will appeal to readers who appreciate detail and who are serious about the quality of their breathing and the relationship between stress and chronic disease. This book would be a valuable reference in every home as well as the office of every allied health professional.