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.

HEALTH IS A CHOICE-LEARN HOW TO USE IT!

Shirley Noah

Watch for my new book-Understanding the Stress Connection: Break the Power of Chronic Stress with Healthy Eating and Healthy Habits

 

What is Your Stress Level?

What is Your Stress Level?What is your stress level?

How often do you practice the power of appreciation and an “attitude of gratitude” throughout the day?

How often do you practice a stress management method, meditation, etc?

How often do you feel “stressed out”?

Stress is your response to unusual demands made on you.  What is Your stress level?  You can respond positively or negatively, which is distress.  The effects of stress depend on your response to the demands.  Sometimes, you are your own worst enemy when it comes to stress.

Stress causes hormones in your hypothalamus (an are of your brain stem) to be secreted.  This causes the pituitary gland to stimulate the production of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH).  ACTH travels through the blood stream from the pituitary gland to the adrenal gland.  The adrenal gland stimulates the release of cortisol.  Cortisol activates your brain’s reward center and increases levels of insulin in the blood stream, stimulating the desire for high-fat high-sugar foods.

Here are some ways to be more productive and help life to run smoother.

1.  Ask for help.  It’s OK to ask family and friends to help you out.  You do not get a Super Man award for trying to do it all.  In fact, you may be so overwhelmed that staying committed to your healthy lifestyle is much harder than when you have others to help you along the way.

2.  Keep exercising.  This can be tough when you feel as though you are being pulled in a thousand different directions.  As you are aware, exercise is a big stress reliever.  Even if you can’t keep up with your normal exercise routine, go for a quick walk or stair climbing.

3.  Rest is important.  Sleep and rest help us recharge our batteries.  This is when our body does repair work we need so much.

4.  Breathe.  Deep breathing seems like such a simple act, and it can do wonders in helping relieve stress and tension we hold in our bodies.  Just 3 short minutes of concentrated breathing can help lower stress levels and release tension and anxiety.

5.  Be sure to eat.  Remember food is fuel for the body.  It is what gives us energy especially when our meal time schedule is off.  Sugary foods and junk food from the vending machine can leave you drained, you can bring healthy snacks as a great option.  I keep nuts and protein bars in a special pack along with pure bottled water for those times when you are not expecting your schedule to be changed.

6.  Talk with others.  While it may seem you have an overwhelming situation, sharing your concerns with others you may find comfort that others may have had a similar experience.

7.  Accept that you cannot do it all.  This is by far one of the most difficult areas to accept.  As a type A perfectionist, I do not like when I am forced to shorten my workout sessions, maybe not eat as well as I should, and get upset with the way things are not done, but this is life.

8.  Trust.  Stephen Covey’s book Speed of Trust, says people must be able to trust before they feel it.

9.  It’s OK to let things slide.  I love an immaculate home, but when circumstances present themselves (which is often in life) we accept that there is only so much time in a day.  It’s OK to not get EVERYTHING done.  It will still be there when things settle down.

10.  Recognize when are being inefficient.  Do you get stuck answering e-mails for two hours at the expense of higher-value items?  Ask yourself, what’s my ultimate outcome that I want and will this achieve it?

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.