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Stress is an integral part of everyday living. While stress by itself is not inherently a negative experience prolonged stress can be quite harmful to the immune system, the adrenals and the heart. Each individual’s reactions to the same stressor can be positive or negative. Some common negative ways of coping with stress are: overeating, smoking, and alcohol or drug abuse.
Suggestions for more positive ways to deal with and minimize the negative impacts of stress in your life include:


      • Diet should avoid refined sugars, caffeine, and alcohol
      • Include several small, protein containing meals
      • Determine allergic foods and avoid them.
      • Ginseng and/or licorice tea can be supportive
      • Adequate vitamin C is important
      • Get adequate sleep and go to bed by 10pm
      • Use stress-management techniques, such as those listed below
      • Deal with emotions as needed with laughter, breathing, and/or professional help.
      • Engage in light exercise.
      • Get daily outdoor light

Daily Meditation and Relaxation Promoting Activities

      • Breathing Techniques
        Shallow breathing may lead to tension and fatigue. Breathing with your diaphragm tends to reduce stress and improve energy. Abdominal breathing is a powerful way to decrease stress by activating relaxation centers in the brain. Abdominal expansion causes negative pressure to pull blood into the chest, improving the venous flow of blood back to the heart. Many techniques exist for mindful breathing, suggested techniques include:


        • 25 purposeful Breaths
        • Alternate Nostril Breathing
      • Epsom Salt Baths
        A simple, inexpensive way to relax and get magnesium into your body. Magnesium is the most powerful relaxation mineral available. It is a critical cofactor in approximately 500 enzyme reactions and is a very important balancer to the effects of calcium at the cellular level. Magnesium is also essential to proper bone metabolism, as well as heart and blood vessel function. Research has shown that approximately half of North Americans are magnesium deficient.


        • Recommended Standard Dose:
        • 2-3 cups in bath, soaking for 20-30 min
      • Acupuncture
        Excites receptors or nerve fibres in the stimulated tissue and produces a rhythmic release in nerve fibres, and causes the release of hormones essential to the induction of functional changes in different organ system.


        • Yoga, Meditation & Massage
          Relaxation response is the counterpart of the stress response. Millennia-old practices evoking the relaxation response include meditation, massage and yoga. Although the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unknown, the relaxation response counteracts the adverse clinical effects of stress in disorders including hypertension, anxiety, insomnia and aging.


          • Spiritual ResponseTherapy (SRT)
            Spiritual response therapy empowers you to break cycles of disharmony and empowers you to fulfill your true purpose by assuring that no adverse beliefs are in the subconscious mind that can block or cancel out the good you are trying to experience. The result of this work has assisted thousands of people to live clear, more joyful lives. SRT provides an exacting, powerful, painless and accurate way of changing the landscape of our inner and outer lives, empowering us to live our lives more freely.


            • Adrenal Cocktail
              The Adrenal Cocktail is made up of ingredients that replenish vital organs and stabilize glucose levels to keep you from waking up at 3am. Juice gives the liver glucose it needs to regenerate. Cream of tartar contains potassium, an element that is essential for the sodium/potassium balance in cells, vital organs (liver), muscles, nerves, and the digestive system. Sea salt contains 84 essential minerals and elements found in the human body, helping feed the adrenals and refresh body’s the sodium/potassium pump.


              • Recommended Recipe:
                • ½ cup juice (grape or berry tastes best)
                • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
                • ½ teaspoon Sea salt (grey or pink)
              • Simply mix all the ingredients and drink before bed. Be sure to try for at least one week to assess benefits.
              • To provide your liver with the maximum benefit as it regenerates be sure to drink before bed, although you may also drink in the morning to deal with stress throughout the day.

To find out exactly how stress may be affecting optimal function of your body and your hormone action take a look at our stress information page here.

A list of recommended vitamins and supplements that can help combat the negative effects of stress on your body can be found here.