Is the change of season causing you stress? Today I spoke with my UPS gentleman about stress and the change of season. Back to school, which means schedules change; weather becomes unpredictable, and not so many sunny days. For parents, like my carrier, added expenses like school uniforms, books, activities on top of tuition, which causes additional stress. However, when I asked him if he’s stressed, he simply says “no problem”. But stress is damaging the body whether we acknowledge it or not. So this season, tackle stress with these 3 simple tactics:
Improve Your Knowledge of When You are Stressed
Biodots, skin thermometers to measure your stress level, are a way to see when stress is indeed chemically affecting your body. They can help you become aware of how many times you are stressed throughout your day.
Each time you have stress, your heart rate and breathing speed up, muscles tighten, blood pressure goes up, and digestion shuts down so we don’t have the digestive enzymes we need. Our thinking becomes more focused and we operate on the “fight or flight channel”. (Sympathetic Nervous system)
Our other channel is the “rest and digest channel” (Parasympathetic Nervous System). Both are important but most of us have our feet on the pedal on the medal and we are constantly experiencing physical burn out making fatigue the number one reason people are going to the doctors. In addition, two thirds of us are overweight which means the body is out of balance. Overweight and depression is on the rise as well as life threatening illnesses like heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.
Is it all in your head? I hear many people say I have stress but I have it under control. Whether you have it “under control” or not, stress is wreaking havoc on all systems and it will show up unless you are the man or women of steel.
Strategize Your Diet and Supplement Program
DIET: Keep your blood sugar balanced by eating a breakfast with 24 grams of protein, like a Shaklee 180 Smoothee. It will give you sustained energy! Eat 5 small meals/day with protein and carbs together. Research shows that people who do this eat fewer calories during the day and pounds won’t creep up on you. Reduce sugar in your diet. Did you know that the average person eats 22 teaspoons a day of sugar, equivalent to 250 calories, mostly found in processed foods. Eating that everyday will put the pounds on. The American Heart Association recommends 6 teaspoons a day. Start by eliminating processed foods that are high in sugar like cereal, salad dressings, and bread. If sugar is one of the first 3 ingredients, it is 50% sugar.
SUPPLEMENTS: We burn through nutrients under stress.
Replenish your nutrients with:
- B-Complex: The “stress vitamins” often recommended for depression, PMS, mood swings, irritability, nervousness, fatigue, mental confusion, sugar cravings, hypoglycemia, anxiety attacks, cracks on the corner of your mouth, low immunity and hair loss. B vitamins are depleted by sugar, alcohol, mental and physical stress, processed foods, and caffeine. Essential to normal weight, B vitamins convert food to energy and during weight loss, fats to energy.
- Sustained Release Vita-C: Lost under stress, it is an antioxidant that offers protection from colds, viruses and infection AND many of us do not get enough vitamin C from our diet.
- Optiflora: Because “bad” bacteria in our intestine can cause excess gas & bloating, weaken our immune system (COLDS AND FLU), and increase our risk of cancer. Stress reduces our good bacteria leaving us open to infection from viruses. Optiflora prevents those problems by providing a regular source of “good” bacteria, which crowd the “bad” bacteria out of our system.
- Essential Omega-3 Complex: Because studies have shown that populations that consume fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids have a very low risk of heart attack and stroke AND clinical studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids reduce at least three of the major risk factors associated with heart disease. It is also known to improve your mood. Did you know our brain is composed of good fat? Many physicians and therapist recommend fish oil for depression.
Unsure of what to take from above? Vitalizer is a comprehensive program which addresses the lack of nutrients we lose while being stressed. In additions it has an unparalleled delivery system. The right nutrient goes to the right place at the right time. Many of my clients notice this improvement in their daily stamina and tolerance for stress.
Wellness Profile: $125.00 – Biodots Included in Consultation
Eliminate the Stress in Your Head
Teach the body to eliminate stress with a simple breathing practice. Alternate Nose Breathing exercises balances the right and left brain, and regular practice can teach the body not to overreact to each stressful event.
My favorite balance exercise is Qigong, a Chinese health practice based on gentle movements, meditation and breathing. It is a good practice to teach the body to respond less, plus builds strength, balance and increases energy.