Managing Stress

Managing Stress

Not all stress is bad. In fact, we probably need some stress in our lives to keep us on our toes. Many activities are worth doing even if they are stressful, such as paying bills or talking out an upsetting problem. It is often not the stressors themselves that are the problem but how you cope with them.

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Nutrition Skin Care and Supplements

Because nutrition plays an important role in our physical and mental well-being, it also plays a role in managing stress. Your dietary habits can aggravate or relieve your stress levels. This includes how you eat, when you eat, where you eat, and why you eat. Meals should be eaten slowly and chewed well.You should not overeat because it overloads the digestion process. Do not eat during times of extreme emotional upset.

Foods should be varied, natural, and void of chemicals and additives. The body requires more high-quality, usable protien in times of stress. Foods to which you are allergic must be avoided, while eating healthy foods that you enjoy. You should have your meals in a pleasant environment, and lastly, you should only eat when you are hungry, not for an emotional need.

Some foods are known to raise anxity and stress levels in sensitive individuals. Sugar and caffeine are the two major culprits. Sugar is so quickly absorbed into thebloodsteam that the body thinks you are ready for "fight or flight." The heart beats faster, and the mind races in what is called the "sugar rush." Caffeine stimulates the nurvous system, causing more rapid heartbeats and breathing. In addition, because caffeine is a diuretic, ikportant water-soluble stress-preventing vitamins can be washed out of the body.

Certain vitamin and minerals are utilized by the body and depleted in times of stress, whether physical or emotional. Prolonged stress may warrant supplementation.The most important vitamins for protection against the harmful effects of stress are the B complex and vitamin C. The most important minerals are calcium, potassium,zinc, iron and magnesium.

 

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