Nov 02 2014

Tips for staying stress free and healthy

Published by at 10:36 am under Stress

Don’t let stress wear down your immune system…

Stressed out? Chronically stressed out? Perhaps it’s time to stop, look and listen to your body. What is your body saying? How does your environment relax or stress you? You’re hopefully eating a healthy organic diet, getting plenty of water and sleep and taking your Body Biotics™. But it is also important to take time to figure out strategies for eliminating some of the stressors from your life to keep yourself on a healthy life path. With the holidays around the corner and a certainty of added stress, this is as important as ever.

Stress can affect both your physical and mental well being. It can affect your digestion as stress hormones slow the release of stomach acid and interfere with elimination which can cause stomachaches. It can also cause the colon to work faster and lead to diarrhea. High levels of the stress hormone cortisol can cause increased heart rate and blood pressure, as well as raise your cholesterol levels. This can lead to increased risk of heart attack and stroke.2

Your immune system takes a pounding as well when you are under chronic stress. Your vital immune system responds to infections by releasing chemicals that aid in the healing process. It wards off viruses and infections. But when you are overly stressed, it weakens the immune response making your more susceptible to colds, infections and other illnesses.

Additionally, cortisol makes you crave fat and carbohydrates which can cause weight gain. Cortisol makes you more likely to put on abdominal weight, which raises your risk for heart disease and diabetes. Additionally, being bombard with stress hormones creates a constant state of tension and anxiety. Over time, this can result in depression, chronic headaches and other problems, as well as lead to trouble sleeping.2

So, what can you do to reduce stress in your life?

  1. Take charge
    Make a list of the things in your life that are stressing you out. Identify which ones you can control and which ones you can’t. Get to work on the ones you can control. Is it switching jobs? Waking up earlier to avoid being late? You know the ones we are talking about.
  2. Exercise.
    Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard it before…but it is oh so important. You don’t have to run a marathon, just put on your walking shoes and start with a daily stroll. Work up from there.
  3. Stop living your life around your “to do” list.
    Take a break from the millions of things you have to get done that could occupy you around the clock, and take time to do something you enjoy. Go see a movie, go to a concert, have coffee with a friend. Schedule in the simple things that make you happy!
  4. Unplug.
    Modern technology is a wonderful thing, but it also puts us at risk of overload. We are constantly bombarded with messages…more than we want sometimes. Put your phone down and get away from the computer. Enjoy some time at a normal human pace, not that of lightening speed technology. It will help you to slow down.
  5. Turn off 24 hour news.
    When we are constantly reminded of the bad going on in the world, we worry excessively. We used to only get an hour of this news a day. Now we can watch it around the clock. A recent article on Wisconsin Public Radio talked about how feeling constant fear of things is worse for you than the actual things! Take Ebola for example. The stress we feel when we constantly worry about what could happen can be more risky to our health than the actual thing we are worried about. “Worrying persistently is really bad for our health, and Ebola’s causing that sort of damage.”1
  6. Avoid negative people and be positive.Healthiest wishes,Kelli

    Lastly, keeping your gut healthy will be your immune system’s best defense. Take your Body Biotics™ SBO Prebiotic/Probiotic Consortia™ regularly so that when stress tries to wear down your immune system, your healthy gut will be ready to ward off any bad bacteria trying to bring you down.
    If there are people in your life who constantly bring you down and suck your positive energy away, take a break from them.

    Resources:

    1. http://www.wpr.org/dont-fear-ebola-%E2%80%94-fear-fear-ebola-itself-says-risk-expert
    2. http://www.uhc.com/source4women/health_topics/stress/how_stress_affects_your_health.htm


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