Healthy Life

Stress is killing your body and brain

How long you live is determined by everything from genetics to lifestyle choices. But one factor determining life expectancy has become glaringly obvious too: the toxic stress load. “It’s been hiding in plain sight for decades,” Tamen Jadad-Garcia and Dr. Alex Jadad, author of Healthy No Matter What: How Humans Are Hardwired to Adaptwrote in a TIME article. The toxic stress load (TSL) is two-fold. It refers to the physical and mental reactions people experience after stressful events, especially longer-term ones, coupled with the “allostatic load” or physical consequences from continuous toxic stress. “The TSL is the term that describes…