Better Health Naturally

by Vicki Moser, CTN

Stress

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stress.jpgStress, is it a good thing or a bad thing?  Stress used to be just a physics term.  Now, even the children know what we mean when we say we are stressed.  Stress is not always a bad thing.  It can keep us motivated and moving ahead with our lives and projects.  However, as with anything in life, we can take anything to an unhealthy extreme.  If you allow stress to control you and affect your health in a negative way, you can start to exhibit symptoms of almost any disease.

            The holidays seem to be the worst times for over stressing.  There are several things you can do to avoid getting physically ill from stress.  The first is exercise.  Hopefully, this is already a daily event for you, but even if it isn’t, start exercising now!  Don’t wait until January and add it to your resolutions list.  Walk, run, swim, dance, stretch, lift, jump!  Find what is fun for you and do it daily until you break a sweat.  This melts the stress away.

            Second, try to get some fresh air and sunshine daily.  This is especially important in the winter, because the sun is further away and we wear so many more clothes.  New research has shown that Vitamin D deficiency is the cause of many of our winter colds and flu.  No supplement takes the place of the outdoors to build up your immune system.

            Third, make sure you get plenty of sleep.  It is important to  go to bed before midnight and preferably before 10:00 pm.  One hour of sleep before midnight is worth two hours after midnight.  Our body heals and repairs during our sleep in a very orderly manner.

            Fourth, and probably the hardest, be careful of your diet.  Eat as many “real” foods as possible and avoid the “Frankenfood” that is over processed and full of poisonous chemicals.  Try to eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and drink plenty of good water.

            Hope this helps to give you Better Health, Naturally during the holidays. 

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Written by cosmicallybeffudled

October 7, 2007 at 7:25 pm

Posted in stress

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