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Benefits of Detox

Posted Nov 16 2009 10:02pm

Stress relief is important to the overall health of our bodies. Everything from sleeping to weight loss and even the health of our skin can be attributed to our stress levels. There are many techniques available to help us with stress relief. Going to the spa, eating healthy foods, exercising and using supplements can all aid with stress relief. According to the ISPA spa goer study, the number one reason why individuals choose to go to the spa is for stress relief. De-stressing goes beyond just feeling better and dealing with difficult situations…there is an entire other side to stress that occurs inside your body.

Stress within the Body

The accepted definition of stress is the emotional and physical strain caused by our response to pressure from the outside world. Stress begins in the brain by intense hormone surges and neurological signals and from there, it can begin to trickle its effects to other parts of the body. Ultimately, too much stress will negatively affect the functionality of every bodily system including the circulatory, nervous, digestive, and immune and even our muscle and skeletal systems.

When we go through stress every function in our body is disrupted. Our nutrient absorption is affected in two ways – one by choosing the wrong foods during stressful times and two our blood vessels begin to constrict, which raises our blood pressure and decreases circulation. When circulation isn’t at its optimal performance our body does not obtain the vitamins or minerals needed to overcome the negative effects of stress. Hormone release is interrupted causing digestive functions to be interrupted. Finally, our immune system can be negatively affected due to lowered white blood cell count making us more prone to infections.

Nutrient Power to Help the Body Cope with Stress

An imbalance in our diet or a vitamin deficiency has been linked to damaging the stability of the human body. Now add stress or even chronic stress to the picture and the imbalances increase from hormone secretions to neurotransmitters sending wrong data to our brain. With the right combination of nutrients the body can overcome some of these abnormalities and provide the body with nutrition it needs to handle stress at the cellular level. Here are some nutrients that help your body combat stress:

NutrientBenefitsFoods found In
B-Complex CombinationB vitamins have anti-stress properties:
  • B1 (thiamine) – essential for nervous system support, muscular function, and cardiovascular function, all of which are adversely affected by stress
  • B2 (Riboflavin) – essential for proper function of adrenal gland and digestive system
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin) – essential in production of hormones related to libido and stress. It is a natural source of energy and provides support for enhancing circulation and stabilizing cholesterol levels
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothnic Acid) – assists in normal production of neurotransmitters
  • B12 Assist in the maintenance of healthy nerve cells and red blood cells

Deficiency in any of these can cause abnormal neurotransmitter production resulting in difficulty of dealing with stressful situations.

B vitamins have anti-stress properties:
  • B1 (Thiamin): green peas, tomato juice, watermelon, sunflower seeds, lean ham, lean pork chops, and soy milk. Unfortunately modern processing of grains has leached this vital nutrient out of our foods. USDA surveys find that 45 of every 100 people are thiamin deficient.
  • B2 (Riboflavin): broccoli, mushrooms, eggs, milk, liver, oysters, and yams. Today’s processing of foods destroys up to 80% of the riboflavin content.
  • B3 (Niacin): spinach, potatoes, tomato juice, lean ground beef, tuna, chicken, liver and shrimp. Naicin is not easily destroyed in food storage or processing.
  • B5 (Pantothenic acid): widely found in foods such as lobsters, soybeans, split peas, yogurt, avocado, sweet potato, and eggnog. This vitamin is easily lost in cooking and or with acidity.
  • B6 (Pyridoxine): wheatgerm, chicken, fish, eggs, bananas, squash, and white rice. Despite its occurance in all these foods, the Nationwide Food Consumption Survey showed that one-third of all American households are deficient in pyridoxine, even at the conservative RDA level of 2 mg.
  • B12: meats, poultry, fish, shellfish, milk, and eggs. Vitamin B12 are animal derived, so vegetarians are most commonly deficient.

Deficiency in any of these can cause abnormal neurotransmitter production resulting in difficulty of dealing with stressful situations.

MagnesiumMagnesium is a well-researched mineral responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Magnesium has been shown to help maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium regulates blood sugar levels, and promotes normal blood pressure, which provides support in stress relief.Soybeans, almonds, halibut, spinach, vegetarian baked beans, brown rice, avocado and kidney beans
CalciumCalcium’s benefits cover a wide range of health issues including stress. Calcium supports the optimal function of the nervous system, aiding in the production of energy, stabilizing proper heart rate, and supporting normal muscle contraction and calming nerves.Yogurt, milk, cheese, dried peas, salmon, and dark leafy greens
InositolInositol has been widely researched clinically to assist neuro-functioning. Inositol acts as a guidance signal for neurotransmitters, produced by the brain, for proper cellular communication to support stress relief.Wheatgerm, brewers yeast, brown rice, oat flakes, nuts, raisins and vegetables
GABAGABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) has been researched since the 1950’s as a neurotransmitter regulator in the brain. The regulation of neurotransmitter release from the brain aids in preventing restlessness, irritability, insomnia, and seizures. GABA is able to induce relaxation without any sedative effects.Fish
Rhodiola roseaThis ancient herb has been the topic of many research and clinical studies. It has been used for centuries by European and Asian civilizations to support conditions of fatigue, depression, gastrointestinal ailments, and nervous system disorders. Further research has indicated that Rhodiola rosea protect animals and humans from mental and physical stress and toxins and colds. Neurologically, this herb has been shown to relieve fatigue and increase attention span, memory and work productivity.Supplements
Panax GinsengPopularly referred to as “adaptogen”, stress aiding nutrient. Ginseng has been studied to increase resistance to physical, chemical, and biological stress. Ginseng has been traditionally used in ancient Chinese medicine for thousands of years to prevent weakness and fatigue.Supplements
AshwangandhaThis herb is a well-known Ayurvedic herbal ingredient. It comes from a plant used therapeutically by people in India and Africa for boosting immunity, mental clarity, and total body rejuvenation. Clinically, it has been researched to aid in mental deficiencies, cognition-enhancing and improving memory.Supplements

The 3 D’s to Healthy living – De-stress, Detoxify and Defend

Relaxation can be hard to come by, especially if our body is dependant on caffeine or nicotine to keep us on our toes all day. Many of these internal and external toxins can disrupt our natural equilibrium flow, which potentially alter the key to maintaining good health. Toxins present an added burden on the body that deplete our energy and disrupt the normal functioning of the body. By simply adding a detoxification program, exercising and treating yourself to a spa treatment, you can keep healthy, energized and feeling younger.

Detoxification through proper digestive function plays a key role in our ability to live healthier. Research has shown that keeping a healthy, clean colon is an effective tool. Remember, our blood has direct contact with our colon. If your colon is packed with toxins (waste), then that waste is releasing toxins into your blood, which ultimately travels throughout your entire body. Colon health is directly related to proper digestion and a healthy diet. It is difficult to keep a detoxified body in the world we live in today. Our food is packed with preservatives and sugar, while being treated and controlled with pesticides and genetic alterations. Additionally, we are trained to take prescriptions or over the counter drugs to mask effects of almost any condition. Now more than ever is the time for all of us to take a proactive approach to detoxify. With proper detoxification we can have a more optimal digestive system, immune system, and circulatory system.

With stress relief and proper detoxification, our bodies will spend less time trying to clean and release stress and more time helping us protect against infection and disease. Remember, our body is a living machine, always repairing and defending. If we can help it by having it focus on building a stronger immune system, then we can live a longer, cleaner, and a more stress free life.

Sequence XO’s Calm – the Anti-stress Tonic

Calm, a tonic developed by SequenceXO, is specifically formulated to assist the body’s natural ability to handle stress. The formula includes every ingredient listed above in an effort to provide a formula that provides stress and tension relief at the cellular level. Calm has been designed as an effervescent tablet to create a tastefully satisfying anti-stress tonic to help melt your stress away.

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