Due to our fast-paced, hard-working and modern lifestyles, it is hard to live without stress. Today, stress, anxiety and depression are at their highest peaks and only continue to rise in North America.
According to The Washington Post, 54% of Americans are worried about the level of stress in their everyday lives and 62% of Americans say work has a substantial impact on their stress levels. It is crucial for our overall health for us to take steps in order to manage our stress, as it can be the root cause to physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral symptoms such as:
Inability to concentrate
Seeing only the negative
Anxious or racing thoughts
Irritability or short temper
Agitation, inability to relax
Sense of loneliness and isolation
Depression or general unhappiness
Aches and pains
Diarrhea or constipation
Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
Loss of sex drive
Eating more or less
Sleeping too much or too little
Isolating yourself from others
Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)
Stress: “A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.”
In our fast pace lives it is sometimes very hard to juggle family, hobbies, body care/fitness, finances, career, friends, etc.. It seems to be very easy to get lost in demanding circumstances.
Stress is, with anger and fear, one of the biggest reasons for not being well, which is the beginning of any dis-ease in our busy lives. On a physical level it creates lots of acidity in our body which brings imbalance in our body chemistry.
What to do?
1. Set your priorities right. Find out why you are here on the planet. Dig deep. Get a foundation for your existence which is solid. The deeper you dig the stronger it is. Are you here to become a multi millionaire while working like crazy? What is your life about? How old do you plan to become? Take time for and with yourself and ask you self uncomfortable questions and find out what your priorities in life are. That is crucial for a happy, healthy life!!!
2. Love exercise! Walking, swimming, dancing, jumping, working out, team sports, all bring lots of fun into your life. YouTube is full of aerobic, dance and Zumba videos you can start with. There are great programs like P90X you can buy and enjoy working out at home without going to a gym.
3. Breathing exercises, Yoga and meditation are very recommended. Deep, relaxed, proper breathing is super important for healthy living because, not only acids and toxins are actually released via the respiratory system, but also lots of healthy benefits are connected with breathing:
Steady energy throughout the day,
Great positive mood,
Freedom to breathe deeply and easily,
Waking up clear headed and refreshed,
A Clear mind and good memory,
A strong vocal expression.
4. Make good diet choices: Try to eat a green, organic diet with lots of fresh salads, veggies in season, seeds, nuts, buckwheat, amaranth and quinoa. We always love to support you with Dr. Jentschura’s organic and alkaline generating food and drink.
5. Enjoy alkaline full and foot baths together with dry/wet brushing: Taking an alkaline bath is like a little vacation and deeply relaxes and regenerates your complete system. Human life is created in an alkaline solution and our bodies greatly benefit from bathing in it. Dry and wet brushing increases your metabolism and your blood circulation, Both help with detoxifying your body.
Essential Oils & Stress:
Did you know that our sense of smell is the only sense directly tied to the limbic area of the brain, which is considered the emotional control center? This means that when essential oils are inhaled, they go directly to the brain. Our other four senses taste, sight, touch and hearing are first routed through the thalamus before reaching designated areas of the brain. Because the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure,breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, therapeutic-grade essential oils can have unbelievable physiological and psychological effects. Each of the essential oils has therapeutic stimulating, calming, sedative, balancing properties. When we inhale an essential oil molecule, it travels through the nasal passage to a receptor neuron that transports it up to the limbic brain, especially the hypothalamus. The limbic center in your brain is responsible for controlling all the physical, psychological, and emotional responses that your body performs based on stimulus coming from the outside. Thus, the ability of essential oils to target your limbic center, make them a powerful tool in treating many health ailments.
When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, tiny nerves send an immediate signal to the brain and go straight to work on the systems that moderate our minds and bodies. Inhalation can be the most direct delivery method of these incredibly nurturing components in essential oils, since the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain.
In studies performed at Vienna and Berlin Universities, researchers discovered that sesquiterpenes, a natural compound found in essential oils of Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Frankincense, can increase levels of oxygen in the brain by up to 28 percent (Nasel, 1992). Such an increase in brain oxygen may lead to a heightened level of activity in the hypothalamus and limbic systems of the brain, which can have dramatic effects on not only emotions but on learning, attitude, and many physical processes of the body such as: immune function, hormone balance, and energy levels. High levels of sesquiterpenes also occur in Melissa, Myrrh, Cedarwood, and Clove essential oils.
In 1989, Dr. Joseph Ledoux , at New York Medical University, discovered that the amygdala plays a major role in storing and releasing emotional trauma. From the studies of Dr. Hirsch and Dr. Ledoux we can conclude that aromas may exert a profound effect in triggering a response.
Essential oils can provide many benefits to the human body without side effects, whether it is through diffusing or simply inhaling the aroma straight from the bottle. Proper stimulation of the olfactory nerves may offer a powerful and entirely new form of therapy that could be used as an adjunct against many forms of illness. Therapeutic essential oils, through inhalation, may occupy a key position in this relatively unexplored frontier in medicine.
The ability of essential oils and its molecular properties to affect both physical and psychological functions in the body is one reason why it is currently being evaluated for brain injury treatments.
Frankincense Essential Oil and Your Brain
The human brain is the most complex organ within the body. Injuries to the brain range from mild concussions to more serious head trauma. Usually, various brain injuries are slow to heal, but frankincense oil can aid greatly in this process. Frankincense works by aiding oxygenation of blood going to the brain. This, in turn, will aid in oxygen absorption. When oxygen is absorbed effectively, it allows the brain to process and retain information, heal, and function correctly.
Frankincense is the Essential Oil of choice for any kind of brain disorder. Frankincense has a molecular makeup that includes sesquiterpenes, that is able to cross the blood/brain barrier. These sesquiterpenes stimulate the limbic system of the brain and other glands within the brain, promoting memory and releasing emotions. Frankincense slows down and deepens the breath. The therapeutic properties of Frankincense oil are antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine, vulnerary and expectorant.
What Is Epigenetics?
It has been well-accepted for a long time that nutrition is beneficial to health. The difference now is that research is showing us that it is not just the nutrients from the food we eat that supports our bodies. The actual genetic material from food enters our bodies and influences how and which of our genes are turned on or off. Not only that, but the food we eat also affects the 100 trillion bacteria that live in our intestines, and those bacteria have a huge effect on our health.
What Are Telomeres?
Telomeres are the DNA at very ends of our chromosomal strands (like the little plastic aglet on the end of your shoelaces). You can read more about what they do in the post, but the important thing to know is that:
1. Oxidative stress affects the length of your telomeres, and
2. Telomere length is correlated with health and the length of life.
Why Should You Care?
Ultimately, our health is determined not by our genes, but by how well we protect our DNA (and our telomeres!) from oxidative stress. We should take this as great news, because it means that your health is in your hands.
Conquer Stress Naturally with B Vitamins
All health issues are directly related to the nutrition we provide, or fail to provide, for our bodies. When it comes to stress, the B Vitamins play a crucial role in the way we manage and prevent its harmful effects. Stress is often a silent enemy that can result in physical and mental illness, and B Vitamins are necessary to bring balance to our nervous system, allowing us to stay calm and avoid chemical imbalances that are both a cause and a result of unchecked stress. Below is a summary of the major B Vitamins and how they can help.
B1 (Thiamine) Critical to proper operation of the nervous system, B1 is needed for the metabolism of key amino acids at the cellular level, especially in nerve cells. Thiamine helps with mood changes and general fatigue that are often associated with stress. Thiamine cannot be made by the body, but must be derived from dietary sources such as whole grains, peas, beans, fish, and lean meats.
B3 (Niacin) Niacin is involved in many functions of the nervous system. One of the most important ones is its part in changing a substance known as L-Tryptophan into 5-HTP, and ultimately into a key neurotransmitter called Serotonin. Adequate levels of serotonin are very important at helping us to stay calm and avoid the irritability, anxiety, and depression sometimes linked to stress. B3 is mainly found in plant-based foods such as nuts, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables.
B6 (Pyridoxine) B6 also affects neurotransmitters that are crucial for neurological health. In addition, B6 works with other B vitamins to neutralize a toxic amino acid called homocysteine that can produce stress-related anxiety and depression. B6 is found in leafy green vegetables, eggs, fish, and nuts.
B9 (Folate) Also known as folic acid, B9 is vital for feeling energetic, mentally sharp, and helps to stabilize moods as well. The more stress that is in your life, the more you need to seek out B9. Dietary sources include citrus fruits, dark green vegetables, seeds, and whole grains.
B12 (Methylcobalamin) B12 (Methylcobalamin) is very involved in the overall health of the nervous system, which is the place in the body that is primarily responsible for stress management. B12 produces healthy neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and others, and these chemicals help to keep our bodies balanced. B12 helps to avoid anxiety, mental confusion, and other cognitive problems.B12 can be found in organic and free-range eggs, free-range poultry, cold-water fish, and organic dairy foods.
Conquer Stress Naturally with Lithium Orotate
Most of us have probably heard of lithium. It is a natural mineral salt that we all need for optimal mental and physical health. The pharmaceutical high-level form of lithium is typically prescribed for anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and other mental health issues. This form exposes individuals to high amounts of lithium, and is associated with many harmful side effects, especially to the liver. In fact, patients must have their blood levels checked regularly.
Lithium Orotate (first used by Dr. Hans Nieper in Germany), on the other hand, is a safe form of lithium that delivers much smaller, non-toxic doses directly to the brain (through the blood brain barrier.) Lithium Orotate is a great stress management tool that boosts the ability of cells, especially in the brain and nervous system, to efficiently transport nutrients in and out of their membranes. Lithium Orotate has many applications, one of which is to help lower stress, anxiety, depression, irritability, and mood swings. Its use can benefit everyone by helping to decrease the effects of stress.
Conquer Stress Naturally with Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
EFAs, the good fats such as Omega-3, Omega-6, and others, continue to receive a lot of good press, as well they should. These critical nutrients have multiple beneficial effects.Omega-3s are essential fatty acids because your body isnt capable of producing them on its own. One of the main benefits of EFAs is enabling proper function of nerve cell membranes. In fact, EFAs play a huge role at the cellular level throughout the body. They can help you to have a healthy nervous system that weathers the effects of stress easier as well as helping keep negative emotions under control such as anger, fear, worry, and irritability. Unfortunately, when we allow such emotions to run free, they release harmful chemicals that only worsen the effects of stress. Some quality sources of EFAs include flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, walnut oil, mustard oil and algal oil (derived directly from algae). Its usually best to use the natural cold-pressed oil form of EFAs, as it is difficult to get enough of them, especially in the proper balance, in your diet alone.
Conquer Stress Naturally with Exercise
Exercise such as a 30-45 minute daily walk can help tremendously with stress relief. Breathing in fresh air and allowing as much sunlight on your skin as possibly will not only make you feel better, but will literally help to clear your mind and emotions. It will also aid your body in the production of Vitamin D-3. For those days when the weather does not permit outside activities, try a using a Wii Fit or a mini-tramp. Soft jumping for 15-30 minutes is wonderful for the lymph system and will also help to burn calories. Other things to consider would be Yoga, Pilates and dance. Exercise should be brisk enough to bring on a sweat, but for those who have health concerns, just exercising a bit every day is beneficial. Take time for yourself and enjoy the exercise portion of your day which will not only relieve stress, but will also be beneficial to your overall health.
Conquer Stress Naturally with Herbs
Herbs can be used to reduce stress and manage stress symptoms. St Johns Wort, Valerian, SAMe, Chamomile, Ginger, Borage, Licorice, Milk Thistle, and Nettle have all been found to help with managing stress levels in a natural way. Because many herbs are contraindicated when used with certain prescription and over-the-counter medications, be sure to check for contraindications and/or check with a trusted healthcare professional.
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