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Immunity Booster

Posted Apr 26 2011 5:41pm

Stress- we all know how detrimental stress can be on our heath, yet every single one of us experiences stress on a daily basis. So how do we deal with stress to minimize its negative impact on our health? After dealing with quite a bit the past few days I figured stress was a topic I should do some research on not only for my own health but to share with  you guys. Stress can be defined as the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change and can be good or bad. It is often the bad stress that we all struggle with controlling and if not dealt with can eventually break down the entire nervous system leading to digestive issues, illness, headaches, and even increased blood pressure. Here are a few tips I compiled on dealing with stress that will hopefully help teach you how to reduce the negative impact of stress not only your body but your health.

1. Exercise: Exercise is the #1 way I deal with stress whether its cranking up my music and running on the treadmill or closing my eyes and practicing yoga, exercise releases those feel-good endorphins which can boost your mood and immediately reduce your stress.

2. Meditate/Focus/ Listen to music: Sitting down and reflecting on all of the positive aspects of your life is a great way to cope with stress. Put on some soothing music and just give yourself 15 minutes of you time. I love listening to John Mayer and just letting my mind wander its amazing how good just a few minutes can make me feel.

3. Write Your Feelings Down: You don’t have to share all of your feelings with other people but just the act of writing down what is bothering you can be therapeutic. I also find blogging at the end of a crazy day to be an amazing stress reducer it really helps me focus on my day and reflect.

4. Laugh. Laughter is the best medicine and helps you take your mind off stress. A study showed two hormones – beta-endorphins (the family of chemicals that alleviates depression) and human growth hormone (HGH; which helps with immunity) – increased by 27 and 87 percent respectively when subjects were laughing. So go out with some friends or rent a funny movie, just laugh! source .

5. Get Plenty of Sleep.
Although sleeping when stressed can be difficult it is imperative for good health, aim for 6-7 hours per night. Having trouble sleeping? Light relaxing candles, sip tea, mist your pillow with essential oils, take a warm shower or bath, or read a book!

6. Sip Some Tea: Sipping tea is one of the most effective, natural ways to relieve stress. Brew a warm cup of decaf green tea, or look for flavors including chamomile, lavender, mint, and lemon verbena. There are even some brands that have flavors targeted to relieve stress.


7.Take a Walk: It is amazing what just 15 minutes of natural sunlight can do for your vitamin d levels and also your mood. When feeling stressed get outside, breathe in some fresh air, and get a little sun your serotonin levels will skyrocket resulting in an instant mood boost!

8. Volunteer/Do Something Nice for Someone:
Helping others will make you feel good about yourself and also make you realize how fortunate and blessed you are.

9.Sniff Relaxing Scents: Essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang, clary sage, bergamot, frankincense, and sandalwood are all helpful in restoring your body and soothing your nerves. I love adding a few drops of lavender and chamomile to filtered water in a spray bottle and misting my pillow or the air when I get stressed. 

10. Let it Out. Don’t keep all of your feelings to yourself they will only manifest and cause more stress. Talk to your friends, family, spouse, or even a professional if needed.

11. Accept and Adapt. Flexible people who are able to change and adapt to fit new circumstances are able to handle stress much better than people with set mindsets. This quote is something to keep in mind when you are stressed: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr

12. Focus on Good Nutrition: Good nutrition is the key to health and in times of stress it is even more important. It is common to crave carbs and sugar when you are stressed but consuming these will only harm your body and weaken your immune system. Instead choose greens, fresh fruit, vegetables, and healthy fat to keep your body functioning at its peak.


Immunity Boosting Juice:

Ingredients:

1 large grapefruit peeled

6 carrots

1″ piece of ginger

1 golden beet peeled

Directions: Run ingredients through a juicer and serve over ice.

Absolutely perfect for those days when you are stressed, just make sure to sit back and savor every last sip. This juice is loaded with vitamin c and beta carotene both of which help protect your body and boost immunity.

The addition of ginger root is perfect for soothing the stomach as well as aiding in digestion. It also contains Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Linoleic acid which makes it a perfect addition to help with tension headaches and stress.

Alright I’m off to sip my sencha green tea and listen to some John Mayer before my night class!

Questions:

What causes stress in your life? School, money, friends, family, my car.

How do you cope with stress? Exercising, cooking, spending time with loved ones, eating haha :)

Have a great Tuesday.

 

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