Stress, Stress Go Away!

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Let’s face it, too much stress is bad for the heart. Stress is a contributing factor to many, if not all health problems, but since it is Heart Month, let’s focus on how it affects the heart and how we can learn to fight stress.

If you're often stressed, and you don't have good ways to manage it, you are more likely to have high blood pressure, higher cholesterol levels, damage to your arteries, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, or the development and progression of coronary artery disease. Studies have linked stress to changes in the way blood clots, which makes a heart attack more likely.

The way you handle stress also matters. If you respond to it in unhealthy ways -- such as smoking, drinking alcohol, overeating, or not exercising -- that makes matters worse. On the other hand, if you exercise, connect with people, and find meaning despite the stress, that makes a difference in your emotions and in your body.

There is much truth in the old Chinese proverb - “When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy.”

Top 10 Emergency Stress-Stoppers from the AHA

Emergency stress stoppers are actions to help you defuse stress in the moment. You may need different stress stoppers for different situations, and sometimes it helps to combine them. Here are some ideas:

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1.     Count to 10 before you speak or react.

2.     Take a few slow, deep breaths until you feel your body un-clench a bit.

3.     Go for a walk, even if it’s just to the restroom and back. It can help break the tension and give you a chance to think things through.

4.     Try a quick meditation or prayer to get some perspective.

5.     If it’s not urgent, sleep on it and respond tomorrow. This works especially well for stressful emails and social media trolls.

6.     Walk away from the situation for a while and handle it later once things have calmed down.

7.     Break down big problems into smaller parts. Take one step at a time, instead of trying to tackle everything at once.

8.     Turn on some chill music or an inspirational podcast to help you deal with road rage.

9.     Take a break to pet the dog, hug a loved one or do something to help someone else.

10. Work out or do something active. Movement and exercise is a great antidote for stress.


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Welcome to Hydration Station

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The human body is roughly 60% water weight. For this reason, many of us can lose a few pounds by simply going to the bathroom or sweating it out at exercise class, but being the majority of our body weight, water is hugely important to our functioning as humans! So,  do you know exactly what water does in the body and what happens when you are dehydrated?

Let’s start with some of the many functions of water in the body:

What can water do for you?
*Regulate body temperature through mechanisms like sweating
*Protect body tissues
*Act as lubricant for joints and the spinal cord
*Help flush waste through kidneys and liver
*Assist with digestion (hello, spit!)
*SO MUCH MORE!

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What can happen when you are dehydrated?
*Dry skin
*Dizziness
*Fatigue
*Thirst and dry mouth
*Headaches
*Lack of concentration
*Irritability

According to CBS Miami, up to 75% of Americans may suffer from chronic dehydration! That’s a lot, especially considering how many sources of hydration exist. For those of you who claim to not like water, there are other hydrating alternatives to plain water. Flavored water, sparkling water, coconut water, maple water and many fruits and vegetables can be great to help you achieve daily hydration goals! In fact, many athletes use a combination of plain water and coconut or maple water to mix things up when trying to replenish water lost through activity.

If you are one of the 75%, start with the simple goal to drink a full glass of water with your vitamins. Happy Hydrating!


*Disclaimer: This is a BLOG, which contains opinions and does not reflect the opinion or official message of Nature’s Edge®. All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. The owner will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information. These terms and conditions of use are subject to change at any time and without notice.

Meditate and Feel Great

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In the interest of feeling good did you ever consider a daily mediation ritual? Or have you tried meditating and promptly concluded that you don’t know how, you can’t quiet your mind enough, you think about all kinds of things too much, you fidget too much, the list goes on of why we can’t meditate.

Studies have shown that meditation can reduce stress and improve health. A simple technique practiced for as few as 10 minutes per day can help you control stress, decrease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health, and achieve a greater capacity for relaxation.

Again, in the interest of feeling better and assisting your overall health let’s take another look at the practice of mediation, shall we? Go back to the adage, ‘practice makes perfect’ or in this case, practice makes a healthy habit! Wherever you are on the meditation scale – never tried it or tried it but didn’t like it, or just can’t find the time – give it a go, surrender 10-15 minutes of your day and experiment with different techniques and most importantly, go easy on yourself.                                                                      

                                              BE EASY. BREATHE. GO WITH THE FLOW. RELAX.

Meditation is about breathing and focusing on your breath so that your thoughts can take a break. Slow your whole mind/body down to get in touch with a beautiful rhythm that can take you on a remarkable journey – perhaps of healing, renewal or simply, peace.

I have meditated on and off for many, many years. I was introduced to transcendental meditation [ https://www.tm.org/ ] at the age of 11. I must confess that I feel better and life is just easier when I make it a daily practice (15 min for me). I have included a few links here to help you get started or reboot yourself in the healthful practice of meditation.

 

http://www.healthandfitnesstravel.com/blog/8-reasons-why-meditation-is-good-for-your-health

https://zenhabits.net/meditation-guide/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/08/guided-meditation-relaxation_n_4235832.html

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2011/jan/22/how-to-meditate-ten-steps-headspace

https://chopra.com/articles/learn-to-meditate-in-6-easy-steps#sm.0000sgnvy9j4sdtcxpo1bare6bi5v


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