Stress Management and Nutrition
In today’s busy society, we all need to learn some form of stress management. Most of us are aware that stress is linked to depression and many other diseases including heart disease, lung disease and cancer. An overlooked fact, however, is that we can help manage stress with our choice of foods along as well as nutritional cleansing.
Stress is both emotional and physical. When we are nervous, upset, anxious, or depressed, we either eat the wrong things - “comfort foods,” or don't eat at all. But it is during these times that we should take special care of our bodies and ourselves to help us practice stress management.
The food we eat can make or break our wellbeing. Eating nutritious foods makes us feel good while eating junk food can make us cranky and more stressed. Caffeine and sodium can raise our blood pressure, while sugar can cause “the blues.” Many processed and junk foods contain these substances in high amounts, which can alter our feelings and, in turn, make life seem harder to deal with therefore more stressful.
The nutrients of the foods that you eat will determine if your body produces serotonin and dopamine in your brain, which are instrumental for relaxation. These nutrients can be found in foods such as whole grains, bananas, brown rice and tomatoes. We can also get the essential nutrients needed for healthy brain function from essential fatty acids, green superfoods and other highly balanced proteins found in foods like sprouts and nuts.
On the other hand, the nutrients – or lack of – may determine that your body will create excess insulin and cortisone levels, which are associated with depression. These can be created by over-eating or eating excess white sugar or flour, excess caffeine, aspartame, monosodium glutamate, and so on. Many processed and packaged foods contain these in excess and hidden amounts. Therefore, they are best avoided during times of stress.
Because of this, a colon cleanse or total body cleanse can be a good place to start creating a new outlook on life. Why?
One thing to consider is that harmful internal toxins are created during times of high stress. When overly excited, angry or afraid, your body releases chemicals throughout. Ever felt butterflies in your stomach every time you think of a certain person or circumstance? This is the release of harmful internal toxins.
Even medical research links mental stress and anxieties with health problems such as heart disease and high blood pressure, among others.
Add to these internally created toxins to the chemicals in processed and junk foods, and you have a harmful cycle of creating toxins, then adding more which makes us feel worse so we stress and create more, and so on. Our well-being is in jeopardy and stress management becomes more important before our health is harmed.
Many people report feeling more relaxed, happier and less stressed after a cleansing program.
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