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Wired for survival

Our bodies are hard-wired for survival. Eating foods high in fat and sugar and conserving energy by avoiding unnecessary physical activity help people survive famines. The problem in the western world is that famine is a thing of the past, and it is easy to eat too often, too much, and with little or no effort.

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Another example of hard wiring is the flight-or-fight response which provides quick energy and strength when we need to defend ourselves or run from danger. When this response is triggered too often by everyday demands and stresses or unresolved trauma (which don’t require speed or physical strength to solve), it contributes to stress-related chronic conditions like high blood pressure.

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