Natural Supplements and Food
Nature’s Wonderful Gift to You
Knowing what to eat, will sure beat – The Stress out of your Life!
Okay so we’ve almost reached the final stage of our Stress Management game plan. We’ve systematically covered all areas of stress and by now you should be metaphorically rolling up your sleeves, ready to take on the world!
This page and the one to follow is the lighter side of Stress Management and is packed with lots of information to help you create a balanced and harmonious space in your life. That way, stress won’t stand a chance and will go scurrying on by, with its proverbial tale between the legs!
As you have learned throughout the pages of this website, life is made up of energy. Energy vibrating at immeasurable speeds to make up the physical structure of the material world. Everything that exists is woven in to the make-up and magic of life. Minerals are energy, plants are energy, the spectrum of colour and of course food is all energy vibrating at different frequencies.
Conditions of love, happiness, gratitude, kindness and Spirituality vibrate at the higher frequency and in conjunction with various techniques, practitioners can balance these vibrational energies to bring about healing and create balance and harmony in the physical environment.
Read more about LifeFlow Meditation 2.0 and how this amazing brainwave training system can dramatically improve the internal state that leads to an abundance of high frequency energy.
Let us look at which Natural Supplements support Stress
That are many natural herbal supplements known for their relaxing properties which can combat the harmful effects of anxiety and stress. Herbs can be combined together to make a potent and powerful formula.
Hypnotic and anti-anxiety, effectively used for hysteria, fatigue, insomnia, debility and restlessness.
Anti-anxiety, anti-stress properties, lowers cortisol, promotes relaxation and improves mood.
Valerian is well known for its sedative qualities, reduces anxiety and its ability to relax the central nervous system and the smooth muscle groups. Excellent herb for insomnia. It is useful in slowing the heart in those who have the condition known as tachycardia.
This is one of the most dominant anti-oxidant in the brain. It restores metabolism, improves the quality of sleep and slows down degenerative diseases of the brain such as Parkinsons. Slows down the ageing process. Reduces PMS and migraines, boosts the thyroid and slims the waistline. General improvement of mood and reduction in symptoms of depression. Melatonin Boosting food include pineapples, bananas, oranges, oats, sweetcorn, rice,tomato, barley.
Vitamin B Complex
Now let us look at the relationship between Food and Stress
After the experience of a stressful event your body cortisol levels rise. Cortisol is the hormone secreted by the adrenal gland and aka the ‘stress hormone.’ This is because of increased levels of cortisol secretion during the body’s flight or flight response to stress.
Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream have been shown to have negative affects by causing blood sugar imbalances, food craving and increases abdominal fat. In woman the cravings tend to be the strongest for carbs, particularly sweet foods and the more you eat the worse your mood gets.
But help is at hand! There are some foods that are calming and will help you avoid the hazards of stress. Calming foods have specifics nutrients and are a steady, reliable source of energy. Unlike some foods, they won’t have you bouncing off the wall and will avoid the sugar spike in your blood glucose level.
Let us look at which Food support Stress
High in folate which is essential for keeping you cool.
Rich in glutathione, a substance that specifically blocks the absorption of certain fat that cause oxidative damage. Avocado also contain lutein, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and more folate that any other fruit. A single portion (about one-quarter of an avocado) had plenty of B vitamins too. Use portion control though due to the high calorie count of this food.
Blueberries are amongst the food with the highest level of the anti-oxidant known as anthocyanin.
Anthocyanin had been linked to all kinds of positive health outcomes including sharper cognition. All berries are super-rich in vitamin C which has the property of lowering blood pressure and levels of cortisol.
If you need a nibble, cash-in on cashews! The protein and fat in cashew nuts is a great craving suppressor. A good source of zinc,(a 1 ounce serving has 11 percent of RDA) which is known to combat anxiety and depression. High in calories so exercise portion control.
One of the most popular bedtime soothers and an excellent food source for anxiety according to the University of Pennsylvania who tested chamomile supplements on 57 participants with anxiety disorder over an 8 week period. The results showed a significant drop in anxiety symptoms.
And research by the University of Maryland Medical Centre provides evidence that as well as calming nerves chamomile promotes sleep.
Due to the healthy antioxidants in this delicious snack, it goes straight to the top of the heart healthy food list. Albeit a comfort food, it does seem to have mood changing properties which is why it is the food of choice when folk feel down or depressed. Dark chocolate in particular is known to lower blood pressure and add a feeling of calm. It contains more polyphenols and flavonols (two important types of antioxidant) than some fruit juice. Eaten in moderation, it can be effective against stress.
Bursting with powerful anti-oxidants garlic is a great free radical neutraliser. Free radicals are super-charged highly aggressive particles of oxygen which can damage cells and cause premature ageing and disease. Garlic may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage carried out by free radicals over time. Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which had been linked to preventing heart disease, cancer, and even the common cold. Garlic is great friend to your immune system and can help boost it up in the after-math of stress.
Cows fed on healthy grass have more antioxidants—including vitamins C and E and beta-carotene than grain-fed beef. And on the humanitarian side, they are well treated and so are not pumped up with hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs. With lower levels of fat overall, meat from these healthy herbivores contain about two to four times higher levels of omega-3s.
A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that healthy volunteers who ate grass-fed meat increased their blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids and decreased their levels of pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids. These changes have been linked with a lower risk of a host of disorders, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression and inflammatory disease.
Although green tea contain caffeine, the health benefits far out way the potential hazard. Green tea has an amino acid (the building blocks for protein) called theanine. Theanine has a positive affect on anxiety and high blood pressure. Researchers at the University of Illinois say that in addition to protecting against some types of cancer, this slimming food is a brain booster as well, enhancing mental performance. Don’t leave home without it!
The ultimate comfort food! A complex carbohydrate, oatmeal causes your brain to produce serotonin, a feel-good chemical. Along with its antioxidant properties serotonin has the quality of creating a soothing feeling that can help you overcome stress. Studies have shown that kids who eat oatmeal for breakfast stay sharper throughout the morning. And beta-glucan, the type of soluble fibre found in oatmeal, has been shown to promote greater satiety scores than other whole grains.
Last but by no means least the alluring taste of walnuts. Rich in alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid and other polyphenols that are linked to the prevention of memory loss. Research at Tufts University found that animals that ingested walnuts even reversed some signs of ageing.
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