In order to bring your stress levels/hormones down you have to take a body/mind approach, as stress begins with the thoughts you think, which trigger your emotions, which in turn stimulate certain hormones and biochemical responses in your body and brain, which will ultimately drive your habits and choices.
Eat enough protein: stress causes protein deficiency by interfering with absorption. Opt for an easily digestible protein by eating lightly cooked proteins such as a rare or medium rare steak, raw sushi fish, or a fermented protein like miso paste. If you’re on the go and don’t have time to cook, go for a whey protein isolate with digestive enzymes added to it like Harmonized Whey protein powder(my fave!)
Take B vitamins: otherwise known as the anti-stress vitamins. Make sure to take with food
Take Ashwaganda and Holy Basil to inhibit cortisol levels: Both of these herbs suppress your body from producing stress hormones and allow you to chill out when something stressful happens. Take these herbs before bed for a restful sleep.
Get off of carbs!! Your gonna crave them but they start a vicious cycle of cravings, more stress and out of control blood sugar levels. Stay away from anything white, sticky, sweet and packaged… easy rule of thumb!
Lay on the earth: Some of the best Doctors of the world are touting this: “It is known that the Earth maintains a negative electrical potential on its surface. When you are in direct contact with the ground (walking, sitting, or laying down on the earth’s surface) the earth’s electrons are conducted to your body, bringing it to the same electrical potential as the earth. Living in direct contact with the earth grounds your body, inducing favorable physiological and electrophysiological changes that promote optimum health.” –Taken from Dr Mercola’s website
Get your sweat on: Do the HIIT cardio interval training here
Eat your veggies: You need them!
Make sure you are not eating GMO, hormone laden foods that come from a source where animals are treated poorly and live stressful lives. Everything we eat is energy, and gets broken down and becomes our own bodies.. all the experiences and hormones that animal had becomes apart of you. So before you dig into some Mcdonalds, ask yourself “do I really want this big mac as part of my brain?” If it’s a hell no get the f**k out of there!
Drink pure clean spring water: No chlorine or Brita filter(owned by Clorox company). Each time you drink a glass say to yourself “ with this water I flush my system of all negativity and refresh my whole body” to program your nervous system into having a positive response to an action like drinking water. We program our bodies with every thought and action we do, use it to your advantage!
1 Have a green power smoothie after your workouts: This helps alkaline and “cool” the system and reduces inflammation and promotes a sense of well being. My favorite is blending cucumber, cilantro, wild dandelion greens, chard, and Hawaiian Spirulina. Doesn’t taste great but man do you feel supercharged and ready to handle life!!
1 Take a time out everyday to meditate: Meditation has been proven to be one of the best ways to reduce stress! It allows you observe the stressful thoughts in your mind and reign control over this process, becoming conscious of how you are shaping your life with your thoughts. I’ve included the best meditation at the bottom of this article:)
1 Focus on your breath in moments of stress: watch the stress: don’t let it consume you: tune into how you are breathing, take a slow deep breath, hold it at the top, gather up all the stressful thoughts and exhale them out: do this 10x.
1 Open your heart in these moments as well: Connect to your heart and get out of your head. As you breathe, focus on your heart centre in your chest, I like to imagine this opening up like a flower, and spinning clockwise. It feels really good to spin the negativity away with the deep breathing.
1 Thump your thymus gland: Located just above your chest but just below you collar bone. This stimulates your immune system and resets your system…Just like monkeys do! Do this for several times or several breaths anytime you feel tense, fearful, sad or weakened.
But most importantly, stress happens when the mind resists what is. Practice acceptance of the moment and witnessing the stress, instead of actively participating in it and letting it take you over and run your life. Practice being someone who doesn’t need to always get something in order to be happy. Empower yourself to create your own well being.
Much love, health and gratitude
By Jannine Murray, Health And Fitness Specialist
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