Stress is a major problem in most modern day societies. We spend less time walking and more time driving. More hours are spent watching television than reading. We are indoors during hours of sunshine and outdoors when we should be resting. Our lives are filled with fast times, fast decisions, fast changes and fast foods.
Emotionally, physically and spiritually our existence breeds destruction more so than it does life. The changing times also have a harsh effect on the environment and worsen our living conditions. When we become overwhelmed by the demands of life i.e., finances, jobs, families, children, relationships, unemployment and much more, the onset of stress begins a downward spiral as our bodies slowly begin to weaken.
Of course there are natural ways to fight, manage and prevent stress. This can be done naturally and effectively with the right nutrition facts. Here are four ways to naturally reduce stress that will not cost you anything.
1. Magnesium is a mineral that is known to prevent stress. It has a calming effect that reduces anxiety and its properties induce sleep. Everyone knows getting proper rest is a major aide in fighting stress and calming the nerves. Oddly enough stress depletes magnesium and therefore it is mandatory to maintain a healthy intake. There are several other benefits of magnesium that lead to the reduction of stress. These stress related problems include muscle weakness, anxiety, constipation and back pain.
2. Stress calming foods include but are not limited to asparagus, almonds, avocadoes, bananas, blue berries, coconuts, ginger tea, guava, oatmeal, pineapples and spinach. Foods rich in Vitamins B and C, containing mood stabilizers and help form serotonin should be incorporated into the diet of highly stressed individuals. Fruits and vegetables are light on the digestive system and offer many other benefits. Nutrition facts like these are only the beginning of better health for you.
3. Walking is a free and easy way to reduce stress. A thirty minute daily walk has been known to reduce stress drastically. Walking clears your mind, promotes blood circulation and aides in weight loss. People put off exercise for many reasons. They can’t afford a gym membership, they don’t have time, they don’t have anyone to exercise with and the list goes on. While these excuses are being formulated and conjured up, your health is weakening. Walking is simple. You can walk around your block, your yard or even your living room. Just walk and don’t forget to stretch before you exercise.
4. Stress prevention is just as important as stress management. The same techniques apply to both. There are foods that you can avoid in order to manage and reduce stress. These include alcohol, chocolate, caffeinated tea, coffee, soft drinks, any products made with refined sugar, refined white flour (bread or pasta), vegetables that are high in starch (potatoes), bacon and the mighty morning favorite, doughnuts. Since you want to create a calm balanced state, being hyper is not productive.
How did other generations survive centuries ago without our common day answers? They didn’t have all the medications we do today. They had natural resources and used them. We have those same resources and will no doubt experience a better life physically, mentally and spiritually when we use them. Stress is the enemy. Don’t just suppress it, cure it.
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