Stress & Your Health

By sethdickens on 2011-09-25 16:46:39

Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency — Natalie Goldberg, Wild mind.
Both men and women live a hectic pace of life today. They try to balance the demands at work as well as at home. They try to balance limited means (time, money & resources) & unlimited demands. The inability to balance these expresses itself in terms of stress, anxiety and tensions.
Stress, fear, anger, guilt, anxiety, jealousy etc are negative emotions which have a definite impact on our body.
Suffering brings disease & contentment brings good health.
A person with disturbed mind can not possess a healthy body. Health is a reflection of physical, mental, spiritual & in today’s circumstances, economic well-being.
Stress hampers the function of immune system. Psychological stress activates the adrenal glands to discharge stress hormones called cartisol.
Temporarily it relieves us from stress but in the long run it affects our health. Stress results in diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, ulcers, cancer, depression etc.
Stress & Digestion
Our thoughts have profound effects on our digestion. Body can assimilate nutrients from food only if you eat in a relaxed environment. Your state of mind is a critical factor at mealtimes.
Treat meal times as sacred. Follow your hunger signals. Eat only upto ¾ th of your eating capacity to ensure proper digestion.
Foods that ease stress
When our body is under stress the demand for nutrients is more as more key nutrients are burned up.
Vitamin A, C, E & mineral selenium help the body to fight the negative effects of stress.
Eat foods that are rich in anti-oxidants. Foods like — dry fruits, leafy vegetables, bananas, figs, fish, whole grains, curd, pulses etc.
Anti oxidants help fight stress by preventing free radical damage.
Vitamin C
Brain has more concentration of Vitamin C than in any other part of body. It is a powerful anti-oxidant. People under stress may consume between 500 to 1000 mg of vitamin C per day as vitamin C is used up more when you are under stress.
Fruits are ideal in reducing stress. They are rich in anti-oxidants. Fruits are good in the sense you do not have to fight obesity even if you eat more.
Cabbage, cauliflower & broccoli are rich in bio-flavinoids which are powerful anti-oxidants. The bio-flavinoids protects us from free radicals which are generated during stress.
Sleep & keep stress away
Allow yourself to sleep at least for 8 hours. This gives your body and its metabolic processes time to recover. It re-energises your body. Severe sleep deprivation leads to psychosis.
Try a glass of warm milk — age-old grandmother’s remedy — to keep insomnia away.
Think positive to de-stress
Vegetables and fruits have a cleansing effect on your body. Similarly positive attitude has a cleansing effect on your mind. Keep away negative feelings like — hatred, jealousy, greed anger etc — by maintaining a positive attitude.
The outside world is full of challenges and uncertainty. Completely eliminating stress may not be possible, so goal could be — manage stress and stay calm.
By : Pradeep Mahajan

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