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Stress

stress-workThe Word STRESS is such a common part of our vernacular that it has lost it’s importance.

So many people are suffering from stress it has become synonymous with the 21st Century. You don’t seem to get much sympathy these days from colleagues, friends or family if you suggest you are suffering from stress.

So what is stress?

Stress is the biological reaction to a “Stressor”.  The biological changes that occur within the body are known collectively as the “general adaption syndrome”.

 There are 3 phases of a Stress Response:

  1. Response
  2. Resistance
  3. Exhaustion

Stressors can be anything that creates a disturbance to the balance of your bodies biochemical environment.  Toxins, exposure to extreme temperatures, physical trauma, and emotional response to daily interactions.  This includes:- job pressure, keeping up with peer or parental expectations, arguments and financial pressure.

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action.

These symptoms can include:
•Headaches, other aches and pains
•Sleep disturbance, insomnia
•Upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhoea
•Anxiety
•Anger, irritability
•Depression
•Fatigue
•Feeling overwhelmed and out of control
•Feeling moody, tearful
•Difficulty concentrating
•Low self-esteem, lack of confidence
•High blood pressure
•Weakened immune system
•Heart disease

Foods that can release the STRESS in our systems

1. Garlic

Just a small amount of this pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins. Garlic also holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.

2. Grapefruit

High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost production of the liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.

3. Beets and Carrots

Both are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene; eating beets and carrots can help stimulate and improve overall liver function.

4. Green Tea

This liver-loving beverage is full of plant antioxidants known as catechins, a compound known to assist liver function. Green tea is a delicious, healthy addition to any diet. Just remember that green tea offers the benefits, not green tea extract. Some research suggests green tea extract may actually have a negative effect on liver health. Keep it simple and stick to the beverage to enjoy the benefits of green tea.

5. Leafy Green Vegetables

One of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked, or juiced. Extremely high in plant chlorophyll, greens suck up environmental toxins from the blood stream. With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides, these cleansing foods offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.

Try incorporating leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and chicory into your diet. This will help increase the creation and flow of bile, the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood.

6. Avocados

This nutrient-dense super-food helps the body produce glutathione, a compound that is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins.

7. Apples

High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents necessary for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the toxic load during the cleansing process.

8. Olive Oil

Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp and flax-seed are great for the liver, when used in moderation. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can suck up harmful toxins in the body. In this way, it takes some of the burden off the liver in terms of the toxic overload many of us suffer from.

9. Alternative Grains

It’s not only that you need alternative grains like quinoa, millet, and buckwheat in your diet, it’s that if you’ve got wheat, flour, or other whole grains in your diet, it’s time to make changes. Your liver is your body’s filter for toxins, and grains that contain gluten are full of them. A study last year found that persons who experienced gluten sensitivities also had abnormal liver enzyme test results, and that’s just one of many.

10. Cruciferous Vegetables

Eating broccoli and cauliflower will increase the amount of glucosinolate in your system, adding to enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes help flush out carcinogens, and other toxins, out of our body which may significantly lower risks associated with cancer.

11. Lemons & Limes

These citrus fruits contain very high amounts of vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the morning helps stimulate the liver.

12. Walnuts

Holding high amounts of the amino acid arginine, walnuts aid the liver in detoxifying ammonia. Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which support normal liver cleansing actions. Make sure you chew the nuts well (until they are liquefied) before swallowing.

13. Cabbage

Much like broccoli and cauliflower, eating cabbage helps stimulate the activation of two crucial liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins. Try eating more kimchi, coleslaw, cabbage soup and sauerkraut.

14. Turmeric

The liver’s favorite spice. Try adding some of this detoxifying goodness into your next lentil stew or veggie dish for an instant liver pick-me-up. Turmeric helps boost liver detox, by assisting enzymes that actively flush out dietary carcinogens.
Tips For Doing a Liver Cleanse

Other liver cleanse foods not listed above include artichoke, asparagus, kale, and Brussels sprouts. Eating the foods listed above is a great way to help keep your liver functioning properly. However, for best results, I recommend performing a liver cleanse. Performing a liver cleanse at least twice a year will eliminate any foreign substances that may be trapped in your liver.

Most effective relaxation techniques for beating stress, burnout and overwhelm

When dealing with stress, burnout, and overwhelm, incorporating relaxation techniques into your routine can be beneficial. Here are some effective techniques to help you relax and manage these challenges:

  1. Deep Breathing: Practice deep breathing exercises to activate the body’s relaxation response. Find a quiet space, inhale deeply through your nose, hold for a few seconds, and exhale slowly through your mouth. Focus on the sensation of your breath and repeat for several minutes.
  2. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR): PMR involves systematically tensing and releasing different muscle groups to promote physical and mental relaxation. Start with your toes and work your way up to your head, tensing each muscle group for a few seconds and then releasing the tension.
  3. Mindfulness Meditation: Mindfulness meditation involves focusing your attention on the present moment, accepting it without judgment. Find a comfortable position, close your eyes, and focus on your breath or a specific sensation in your body. When your mind wanders, gently bring your attention back to the present moment.
  4. Guided Imagery: Use your imagination to visualize relaxing scenes or experiences. You can listen to guided imagery recordings or create your own mental images of calming environments such as a peaceful beach or a serene forest.
  5. Yoga and Stretching: Engage in gentle yoga poses or stretching exercises to relieve physical tension and promote relaxation. Yoga combines movements, breath control, and mindfulness to promote relaxation and reduce stress.
  6. Journaling: Write down your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a journal. This can help you process emotions, gain insights, and release mental stress.
  7. Engage in Hobbies or Creative Activities: Participate in activities you enjoy, such as painting, playing an instrument, gardening, or engaging in crafts. These activities can promote relaxation, provide a sense of accomplishment, and serve as a healthy distraction from stressors.
  8. Social Support: Seek support from friends, family, or support groups. Sharing your feelings and experiences with others who can offer empathy and understanding can help alleviate stress and provide emotional relief.
  9. Time Management and Self-Care: Prioritize self-care activities and ensure you have time for relaxation. Set boundaries, delegate tasks when possible, and make time for activities that recharge you.

Remember, the effectiveness of relaxation techniques can vary from person to person, so it’s important to explore and find what works best for you. It’s also beneficial to incorporate these techniques into your daily routine rather than waiting until stress and overwhelm become overwhelming. If persistent stress, burnout, or overwhelm persists, consider seeking professional support from a therapist or counselor who can provide guidance and additional coping strategies.


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