Measuring Stress “Live” Webinar by Dr. Eric Berg

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Dr. Eric Berg does a live webinar on stress and the use of a technology called HRV (heart rate variability). This measures the autonomic nervous system.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:

Dr. Berg, 50 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in weight loss through nutritional and natural methods. His private practice is located in Alexandria, Virginia. His clients include senior officials in the U.S. government and the Justice Department, ambassadors, medical doctors, high-level executives of prominent corporations, scientists, engineers, professors, and other clients from all walks of life. He is the author of The 7 Principles of Fat Burning, published by KB Publishing in January 2011. Dr. Berg trains chiropractors, physicians and allied healthcare practitioners in his methods, and to date he has trained over 2,500 healthcare professionals. He has been an active member of the Endocrinology Society, and has worked as a past part-time adjunct professor at Howard University.











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Disclaimer: Dr. Berg does not diagnose, treat or prevent any medical conditions; instead he helps people create their health to avoid health problems. He works with their physicians, which regular their medication.

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emWave2 vs Azumio HRV Stress Check App for Android

I tested Stress Check by Azumio simultaneously with the emWave2 and I found a decent correlation between my Coherence scores and stress and Azumio stress score. So based on the data below I do recommend downloading and trying the free HRV smartphone App. However, the major difference is that the emWave2 is an actual biofeedback device and it provides immediate feedback as to your HRV.

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Stress Check by Azumio

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Signal Analysis using Matlab – A Heart Rate example

A demonstration showing how matlab can be used to analyse a an ECG (heart signal) to determine the average beats per minute. Code available at

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Stress Relief & Gut Health Are Improved w/ HeartMath

In this video, I share a very powerful stress-reduction technique called HeartMath. As we recently discussed in the Science of Gratitude blog post, heart rate variability biofeedback is an excellent way to train your body to be more Zen-like. But the health benefits extend far beyond just feeling calm (more on that later).

Learn more about HeartMath here

HeartMath (aka Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback) is essentially a form of paced breathing. When you voluntarily slow down your breath to about six breaths per minute or less, you activate your vagus nerve, which tunes the knob on your stress-thermostat to “calm.”

As we discuss in this video, daily practice of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback has been scientifically proven to help:

-Overcome food, drug, and alcohol or other substance cravings
-Combat depression and anxiety so that you have more control over your emotions
-Modulate stress to help you better manage stress
-Lose more weight
-Improve your digestion and gut health
-Reduce inflammation
-Improve mental performance and cognition
-Reduce the risk of heart disease

Low heart rate variability is linked with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, poor emotional control, postpartum depression, and more. Regular activation of your vagus nerve helps even out emotions; so even if you don’t experience depression per se, you’ll be more calm and collected during your work outs, business meetings, or when shuffling the kids around.

I recommend purchasing the EMWave 2 device and practicing first thing in the morning for 10 minutes and again before going to bed for another 10 minutes. Find a quiet room in your house. If you have access to Pandora, you can turn on the yoga station. Take a deep inhalation into your belly for four seconds, hold for four seconds, exhale for four seconds, hold for another four seconds, and repeat. This will get you down to four or five breaths per minute, which will surely get that powerful vagus nerve firing.

I like to envision a big ray of light shining through my heart, and I think of my dogs, daughter, or being in nature. As you breathe, try to think of happy words (love, gratefulness, beauty, fulfillment, strength, etc…). The more you can get into the experience, the more powerful the effect will be on your body.

Often times, after I’ve completed ten minutes of HeartMath, I feel so calm and relaxed, yet clear-headed. This is in contrast to the aftereffects of alcohol and/or drugs, which leave you feeling foggy and groggy.

I would strongly suggest you make a goal in 2015 to incorporate some form of stress-reduction therapy for 10 to 20 minutes per day. I prefer daily heart rate variability biofeedback practice because it gives me real-time feedback, and helps sharpen the mind-body connection.


Ben Greenfield on Optimizing Your Training (Testosterone, HRV, Cortisol, Diet, Sleep)

In this podcast I interview Ben Greenfield. He is a writer at (a site that gets over 250,000 million views a month), author of NYT best-selling book “Beyond Training,” and voted number 1 out of the top 100 most influential individuals in health and fitness.

We discuss:
-The difference between intense exercise and low-level movement
-cortisol, testosterone, heart rate variability (including ideal numbers), inflammation
-Ben’s blood test regimen, diet, and sleep habits

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