Is Your Body Toxic Due to Stress?

Detoxification and Stress
Detoxification and Stress

Stress and Detoxification

Are you toxic because of stress?  It seems like everyone has stress today.  But did you know that it affects every cell and tissue in our bodies?  It robs you of important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, breaks down your major organs and lowers your immune system.  Over time, unrelieved stress causes severe acid build-up that hinders your digestion of nutrients.  It interferes with your body’s cleansing processes and contributes to toxic buildup.

Reducing stress is critical to your health.  You can eat a perfect diet, cleanse your body inside and out, and exercise regularly, but if you are in constant state of stress, your physical problems won’t go away.

Is Your Body Toxic Due to Your Thoughts and Feelings?

Positive thought and emotions contribute to good health.  Negative thoughts and feelings are damaging.  They literally “eat at you”.  Positive, optimistic thoughts are more nurturing while boosting your digestion.

The Institute of HeartMath (IHM), a nonprofit organization specializing in stress reduction has done studies on the relationship between feelings, emotional balance, cardiovascular function and hormone and immune system health.

Results of mind and emotions

Our mental and emotional attitude triggers responses for every situation.  The response causes electrical changes in the heart, nervous system and brain. This affects your state of health and well-being.  Our perception and emotional reactions are transmitted between the heart and brain through the nervous systems and can be seen in the pattern of our heart rhythms.

But there is More…….

When your body is under stress, your nervous system increases sympathetic activity, creating reactions like nervous restlessness, hyperactivity, anxiety, muscle tension, heart arrhythmia’s and stomach issues.  If stress is prolonged, your adrenal and pituitary glands produce stress-fighting hormones for emergency relief.  This process can create chemical waste, which degenerates nerve damage and causes free radical damage in the body.  Your body will use up vital nutrients to neutralize and expel cellular toxins, as well as defend against internal threats or stressors.  Unfortunately, over time, the function of our detoxification and stress response mechanisms decline or become dysregulated due to internal and external influences.

Solutions

There are many mechanisms in the body that influence detoxification and stress.  Just as a garden hose is under constant pressure, our blood vessels being constricted will increase blood pressure.  Too much constriction can have negative health consequences.  The good news is that even when we are exposed to stressors and they can’t be eliminated, there are powerful lifestyle changes that can help to improve this.  One such technique is:

HartMath’s Freeze-Frame.  It is a simple, powerful technique for mental and emotional poise.  It focuses on pausing the take a deeper look before making a decision, giving you a better chance to act from a point of balance.   Feelings of fear and anger results in erratic heart beat rhythms.  Focusing on something pleasant results in a smoother even pattern.

This technique documents the effects of stress-busting exercises.  The study tracks levels of the hormones DHEA in people practicing this technique.  Low DHEA levels are linked to fatigue, exhaustion, muscle weakness, immune disorders, PMS, obesity, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.  Some patients tripled their DHEA levels even though no other lifestyle changes were made.

Today, HeartMath techniques are used successfully in hospitals, schools, and are being formally applied in corporations to increase productivity and reduce stress.  Check out their website at www.hearthmath.org.

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Shirley Noah

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Stress Is not All Just In Your Head

Stress Is Not All Just In Your Head

Everyone experiences  the effects of stress at some time.  Anxiety over a relationship….financial…frustration at work…the list is endless.  But, wherever it is coming from it is not “all in your head!

Do you wake up with the worst “what if’s”?  Worry about it all day, weeks?  Soon it is anxiety.   If your problem is ongoing, it can become a new normal…extra stress hormones floating around, then inflammation.

Adrenalin can be helpful in danger situations, such as survival in the event of an attack.  But over time it is very damaging.

Effects of Chronic Stress

Effects of Stress
Effects of Stress

Chronic stress interferes with your immune system, causes inflammation and then leading to chronic diseases.  Before long you may trigger high blood pressure, asthma and keep getting everything that is going around.

Stress gains momentum, growing until suddenly it crashes.  This could be at the expense of your health. You have trouble sleeping and and on emotional level you feel like burn-out.

Psychological stress is misleading, because no stress is only psychological…it’s not just all in your head.

When stress is chronic, your immune system becomes desensitized to cortisol, and inflammation is partly regulated by this hormone,  this decreased sensitivity raises the inflammatory response and allows inflammation to get out of control.  Chronic inflammation is the root of heart disease and many chronic diseases.

Prolonged stress can damage you brain cells and make you unable to remember simple things.  It can trigger a degenerative process in your brain that can result in Alzheimer’s disease.   Stress can induce weight gain and belly fat, which increases your cardiovascular risk.

Digestive problems can be increased because  of disrupted gut microbes.  Causing decreased nutrient absorption, and four times less blood flow to your digestive system, which leads to decreased metabolism.

Stress is also implicated in cancer,  not so much as a cause of cancer but it seems to fuel it’s growth.  In the case of excess cortisol, some cell receptors become muted, including receptors on immune cells.  This is one reason why people under stress are about twice as likely to develop a cold after exposure to a cold virus.

Positive Emotions

On the brighter side, positive emotions like happiness, hope, and optimism also signal changes in your body’s cells, even producing the release of feel-good brain chemicals.  You can artificially produce happiness by taking drugs or drinking alcohol, but the same dopamine and endorphin high can be achieved by healthy habits like exercise, laughter, hugging or bonding.  A 10 second hug can lead to a biochemical reaction in your body that can improve your health.

Regular stress management is important for everyone.  This might be turning off the daily news, restraining from social media, or staying away from negative people.  There are also stress management tools such as having a good cry, meditation, or practicing Heart Map. Also helpful is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique by a simple tapping with the fingertips to specific points on your head and chest while you think about a specific problem. This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the emotional block from your body’s bio-energy system.  This helps to balance your mind and body, which is essential for optimal health of chronic stress.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

Could You Be Sleep Deprived?

Could You Be Sleep Deprived?

Are you always tired?  If your answer is yes, then we can assume that you are not getting enough sleep. Although there are other signs that may not be as obvious.

Sleep Deprived
Sleep Deprived

These are More Signs That Your Sleep Needs Revamping

You’ve Gained Weight

A lack of sleep promotes metabolic dysfunction that fuels weight gain.  Losing as little as 30 minutes of sleep a night can disrupt your metabolism enough to cause weight gain.

Your Memory Fails You.

The process of brain growth, or neuroplasticity, is believed to underlie your brain’s capacity to control behavior that includes learning and memory.  Synaptic plasticity plays a large role in learning and memory in the brain.  These connections are strengthened while you sleep, so being sleep deprived interferes with these processes.

Your Reaction Time Slows

Researchers have determined that sleep deprivation is particularly problematic for decision-making.  Some of these include decisions for uncertain and unexpected change  affected while you are driving or on the job.

You Are Overly Emotional

Lack of sleep kicks your emotions into high gear.  This results in a potential overreaction expressing emotions like fear and anger.  Your brain’s frontal cortex plays a key role in the regulation of emotions, and sleep is vital for its function.  Also too little sleep may lead to unwanted behavior at work , such as rude to co-workers, theft or going home early without notifying the boss.

You Are Always Getting Sick

Sleep deprivation has the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or illness.  Research shows that adults who sleep less than six hours a night have four times higher risk of catching a cold opposed to those who get seven or more hours of sleep a night.

Your Physical Appearance Suffers

A lack of sleep affects your physical appearance significantly.  It alters your hormonal balance, which can lead to acne, and decreased collagen production which causes an increase of wrinkles.

Nodding Off During the Day

You might think you can fool your body into believing that you can function on little sleep, but your body might not cooperate with that thought.  In a report released by a Traffic Safety organization compared diving drowsy to driving with blood alcohol concentration considered legally drunk.  Lack of sleep, even by one to two hours, nearly doubled the risk of a car crash by four times!

Strategies to Help You Get More Sleep

  • Getting up at the same time every morning
  • Going on a morning walk or run
  • Eating two kiwifruit an hour before bed
  • Practicing mindfulness
  • A warm bath or shower one to two hours before going to bed
  • Removing electronic devices from the bedroom and turning off all screens at least an hour before bed, including TV, computers, mobile phone and social media.
  • Eating foods rich in fiber
  • Skipping alcohol

Best Natural “tricks” for being Sleep Deprived

The top suggestion would be to get proper exposure to bright light during the day and no exposure to blue light at night.  As the sun sets, darkness should signal to your body it is time to sleep.  The animals are one up on us for that.  Have you ever noticed that the birds prepare, and you dog has an automatic clock for snoozing?

A salt lamp illuminated by a 5-watt bulb is an ideal solution that will not interfere with your melatonin production.  If you have optimized your light exposure and are still struggling see For A Good Nights Sleep Here are 20 Facts for a better night’s rest.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.