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.
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, founder of In Good Health Coach, has a background in research about health and wellness. She pursues natural health techniques and sharing information on the use of herbs, essential oils, eating and foods for a healthy lifestyle and more. She believes that we – not just the doctor or dentist – have the responsibility of investigating the best tools to achieve and maintain our own health. We are the ones having to live with the results of our choices. It is her hope to make the learning process easier for you by condensing many foundational truths.
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