The best kept secret of aging well is living a low-stress free life! And today I want to focus on how you can decrease and manage your stress.
The crucial issue with too much stress is it leads to oxidation, degeneration of our cells, inflammation, and ultimately disease in our bodies. In fact, 90% of all diseases are caused by stress.
Some of the conditions that are associated with our bodies being overloaded with stress include headaches, muscle pain, fatigue, mental confusion, loss of sleep, and the inability to focus.
When designing a plan to decrease the stress in your life, you can break it down into three areas. These are chemical stress, physical stress, and mental/emotional stress.
Fast food is a great example of chemical stress. This food is full of trans fats, pesticides, GMO’s sugar, and the list goes on. This type of food stresses your system creating inflammation and other physiological issues. The next is physical stress. This could be an actual accident causing an injury or a repetitive injury like looking down at your phone for long periods of time or poor work ergonomics; particularly with many people working on laptops. And lastly, mental/emotional stress. This is what is going on between your ears. Our fears and concerns and consuming thoughts. This type of stress is held in our body. It creates painful tension in your muscles, lowers your immune system, and causes fatigue.
Your body is either moving towards a degenerative or regenerative state at any given moment. What you eat matters. Being physically mindful matters. And releasing the stress that mentally consumes us matters. The body naturally regenerates itself on a regular basis. So if we're putting garbage in, we move away from regeneration. Take cardiovascular disease for example. Studies have shown diet, exercise, and meditation are effective in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. 1. 2.
The choice of what we put in our bodies today becomes our bodies tomorrow. Our bodies are like high-end automobiles and our choices of nutrition, mental hygiene, physical activities, and supplemental support are the fuel!
A powerful supplement you can incorporate into your plan to decrease stress is an antioxidant. Antioxidants go after free radicals in your body which is what happens when you have stress caused oxidation. The more we can get the free radicals out of our bodies the better. These are whole foods that are naturally high in antioxidants.
- Dark Chocolate
- Goji Berries
- Lion’s mane
So this weekend make sure you fill your body with foods and nutrition high in antioxidants, free from pesticides, and full of nutrients! Take some time for a beautiful walk before anyone wakes, or in the evening with the sunset, or find a moment to just be.
Also, please check out our Functional Support Line. Particularly our Stress Formula which includes Lion’s mane, a powerful antioxidant shown to combat inflammation and oxidation while increasing your immune system.
Yours in health
Dr. Lavonne Pineda, DC
Founder and CEO