We all have a love-hate relationship with stress.
Here are some things I hear: “It’s life! I can handle it.” “Stress is good!”
We do love the rush but we hate the burn out. The burning digestive issues, aches and pains, getting too sick too often, and weight gain.
I thought I’d address three of the systems that get a big hit from stress and how to get them in balance so we can begin to enjoy life fully, without suffering the impact of stress! We are under some sort of stress 70% or more during the day.
Imagine first thing in the morning at 6am, you are downing a cup of hot coffee and swallowing practically a “hole” bagel. And then it happens, that burning feeling that takes your breathe away.
What is happening?
Stress has turned off your digestive enzymes and some of the acid from your stomach has escaped to the esophagus. Thus the pain.
What to do: Take time with the most important meal of the day. Sit down, relax and breathe so that the rest and digest part of the nervous system can take over.
A kinder gentler breakfast to eat first thing in the morning is a Shaklee 180 Smoothee. A complete, easy, yummy way to start the day. My favorite is the Strawberry Smoothee with, 8 oz of soy milk, 1 cup frozen strawberries and one banana and a teaspoon of Vivix (my secret to looking 10 years younger) . Put in the blender and it is done. I am not hungry until noon! This is also easy on the body.
EZ Gest: taken with meals is very effective. It contains enzymes for all the food groups, when you look at other products they handle lactose (milk) or beans. This will handle all the major food groups, proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
Stomach Soothing Complex : It contains peppermint, ginger, anise, fennel — all fabulous for good digestion and relieves gas pains. It works within 20 minutes. It is also good for prevention of stress digestive issues.
Stress causes a lot of aches and pains from constant tension (back aches, headaches) The Stress response puts the muscles on high alert to get ready to fight or flee. This happens from the release of cortisol.
What to do? Teach your body not to react. Instead of jumping out of bed and looking at your to-do list, set 20 minutes aside to breathe and stretch. Deep breathing will teach the body to physically respond with less tension. Shallow breathing causes the body to respond with tension, deep breathing tells the body to relax.
1. Take Shaklee’s Stress Relief: complex everyday. Stress can take you by surprise, and this formula is amazing. The first thing it does is it reduce the body’s’ response to stress by reducing the release of cortisol. It relaxes the body. Second, it enhances the body’s ability to deal with stress with an herb called ;. This is an Indian herb called an adaptogen.
2. Nutriferon: Take an immune booster like Nutriferon. Stress shuts down the immune system. We are bombarded with people and their germs every minute, so take two per day to boost your body’s ability to defend against colds and flu. I can personally can attest to this keeping me from colds and flu while traveling the NYC subways everyday!
WEIGHT GAIN (AROUND THE MIDDLE)
The release of cortisol (caused by constant stress in our lives) encourages the body to store fat around our middle.
This is always a challenge. So go on another diet, right? NO! With dieting, people lose a 40% of the weight in muscle. Muscle is what fuels the metabolism that can burn the fat around the middle. To the rescue is an amino acid called leucine that helps burn the type of fat we have around the middle. The best way to get leucine is in a combination the way the Shaklee 180 Smoothees and Snack Bars are designed.
This is why people on the Shaklee 180 Program look thinner when they only lose a few pounds. Their metabolism is enhanced and lean muscle is maintained!
Ready to go on vacation and want to lose 10 pounds? Contact me and I can show you how to do it, help you whittle your middle, and kiss stress goodbye!
Live Life With Zest,