How to Get Rid of Stress

Stress happens to the best of us. Whether it’s a big event or just a constant succession of little things, stress can wreak havoc on our bodies.  Studies show that 80% of all disease/illness have a stress related component and is linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and depression.

To help keep your stress level in check create a relaxing routine before bed or to start your day. Meditate, stretch, journal or spend a few quiet moments with a cup of tea.  Deep breathing is one of the best ways to relax. I love the 4-7-8 Breath exercise. It is quick and highly effective.

Try it now:

Breathe in through your nose for 4 counts, hold for 7 counts, and then exhale fully through your mouth for 8 counts. Close your eyes and repeat two more times.

In addition to eating a more plant based, whole food diet, building a healthy immune system will help counteract the physical effects of stress. Add these 7 foods to help keep your body in tip top shape:

  1. Asparagus: Great for detoxing the liver, asparagus also has a significant amount of folic acid which acts as a mood stabilizer.
  2. Leafy Greens: Are wonderful for building a healthy immune system and creating abundant energy. Plus anti-oxidants help neutralize cell damaging free radicals.
  3. Garlic: Contains anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and help boost the immune system.
  4. Cashews: Contain zinc and magnesium which helps lessen anxiety. Plus cashews contain Tryptophan which is the precursor to serotonin and helps with depression. 
  5. Chamomile Tea: Studies show that chamomile relaxes the body and can help you sleep better. Plus just the act of sitting quietly with a hot cup of tea is a de-stressor. 
  6. Oats: Besides being a great blood sugar stabilizing, energy producing food, rolled or steel cut oats boost serotonin production.
  7. Omega-3: Are great for preventing inflammation and brain health. Everything from depression to memory loss can be improved with omega-3. Both Wild Caught Salmon and Grass Fed Beef are high in omega-3. Just be careful not to choose Farmed Salmon or Conventionally Raised Beef. The nutrients levels are not the same.

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