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3 Powerful Tips for Reducing Stress Today

3 Powerful Tips for Reducing Stress Today

1. Timing is Everything (especially WHEN eating)

Many turn to eating as a form of comfort when stressed. Did you know that eating your meals and snacks at certain times of the day can help you dial down your stress-ometer?

If you let yourself get too hungry your blood sugar levels will drop. This drop will put extra stress on you by making your adrenal glands work harder….this can create fatigue like symptoms, irritability and even weight gain. We recommend the following schedule to help lessen your adrenal burden:

  • Do your best to eat breakfast by 8:00 AM or within an hour of getting up.
  • Eat lunch ideally between 11:00 AM and noon.
  • Eat a nutritious snack between 2:00 and 3:00 PM because if you do not you may experience a dip in your energy levels that normally hits about 3:00 or 4:00 PM.
  • Dinnertime is best around 5:00 or 6:00 PM.

2. Exercise: For better results…..TRY a slower pace!

When you hear the word exercise…do you cringe? Does it sound like a lot of do you fit it in?  If you feel stressed it seems that fitting one more thing in your daily schedule will just push you over the top. But here is the truth….. if you are recovering from a stressful period, exercising too much may add to the burden your body is experiencing already.

Here are some gentle alternatives:

Walk outside for 15 minutes after meals.

Take a restorative yoga class

Or do a lighter version of your normal exercise routine.

Spring is on its way and since winter is naturally a time for “hibernation”, your body will be grateful to ease in to this transition along with the season.

Child’s Pose is great for restoration.

3. Relieve Stress with a Natural Remedy

Is getting out of bed for you a struggle in the morning? What about calming down to get to sleep at night?  Have you wondered why you crave salt or regularly turn to sugar or caffeine  to boost your energy?  All of these signs can mean that “stress” may be negatively affecting your body. Sugar and caffeine may be a quick fix, but over the long term they can deplete your reserves, and even make you feel even worse.

There are many effective, natural remedies that can boost your energy and help your body adapt to the stressors in your life.

Here are a couple of remedies to try…but please talk to an alternative health care professional and do your own research if you have questions.

  • Astragalus root (A. membranaceus). Astragalus aids in the body’s natural ability to adapt to stress, bolstering the immune system so you stay well while helping to regulate normal blood sugar levels and alleviate insulin resistance.
  • Cordyceps (C. sinensis). Cordyceps is a prized antioxidant fungus that can slow aging and take a load off the adrenals by supporting the immune system, balancing the inflammatory response and helping to stabilize blood sugar.
  • Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus, formerly called Siberian ginseng). As I mentioned above, eleuthero is an adaptogenic herb that can help protect us against the negative effects of stress, while decreasing fatigue, enhancing mental clarity, helping to balance blood sugar, and even perhaps supporting bone remodeling as well.

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