Stress-related illness expert reveals lifesaving tips on managing stress through diet and exercise, so you can get a grip on stress before it gets a grip on you.
Stress creates many avoidable health risks. This article explores natural, effective approaches to minimize some of the better-known effects of chronic stress-related illness, and without drugs:
- Digestive symptoms
- High blood pressure
- Sleep problems
- Weight issues
Low-level ongoing stress, even from the aches and pains or digestive problems that we have learned to live with, has been shown to speed up aging on a genetic level.
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So short of winning the lottery or moving to a mountain top, what are some realistic options to reduce the damaging effects of stress while living in the real world?
Throw Out the Junk Food
One of the most common and overlooked sources of stress is food. The food we eat today has a fraction of the nutritional value and more toxic chemicals than the food our grandparents ate. So the first step to reduce stress is to stop eating fast food, junk food, soda, “diet” and any highly processed prepackaged food.
If you have already made these life extending changes in your diet, the next step is to eliminate the most common food stressors: dairy and grains — and yes, that does mean pizza. For some, this is not an easy change to accept, but those who do find it easier to lose that stubborn belly fat once and for all.
Get Moving: Exercise to Reduce Stress
The next widely misunderstood factor in beating stress is exercise. Most Americans do not get the recommended two and a half hours of exercise a week. Many who do exercise create unnecessary stress and injury by pushing their bodies too hard, too fast or for too long in any one session. Those in the know are promoting 20-30 minutes of sweaty cross-training a day for six to seven days a week.
Forget the Drugs
The last lifesaving tip of the day is to stop running to the medicine cabinet for headaches, pain, digestion and sleep problems. We Americans represent five percent of the world population and take 75 percent of the drugs. We spend two and a half times what any other country does on healthcare and we are not even in the top 30 countries for health statistics.
If the answer was really in your medicine cabinet, we would be the healthiest people on the planet.
Every symptom is a body’s cry for help, not a warning that it is running low on drugs. More often than not, today’s miracle pill is tomorrow’s class action suit. Find the reason that headaches come back or you can only eat certain foods or you can’t sleep, and drugs have been shown to compound these issues. Try these natural approaches to stress reduction first.
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About Santa Clarita Chiropractor Dr. Thomas Polucki
Dr. Thomas Polucki is a Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor and Certified Upper Cervical Chiropractor. Dr. Polucki provides Functional Medicine services in most cities via remote labs and Internet consultations. He sees patients by appointment at 25050 Peachland Ave., Suite 105, Newhall, Calif., 91321. Visit http://www.drpolucki.com for more information or call 661-753-9340 to schedule an appointment.
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The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease.
Source: Santa Clarita News