Stress is toxic. No more true statement has ever been written. Continual exposure to high stress levels can, and do, result in toxemia. Stress is the glue that holds toxemia together, and toxemia is the condition of toxins, inflammation and mucous that doesn't get cleared out of the body.
Whatever reactions we have to actual stressful situations can be released, allowing the body to restore itself to its normal balance. We get stuck in a rut by not releasing stressful reactions, sometimes not even KNOWING how to release that stress and often one of the side effects is indulging in over-eating processed foods, thinking to use it as a comforting tool, which jump-starts the toxemia cycle.
Toxemia leads to cancer. Avoiding cancer and other diseases means first avoiding toxemia. Most people are informed about and familiar with dietary basics for well being as well as external pollutants that need to be avoided. But we live in conditions that are conducive to increased toxemia from stress more than ever before.
There are specific supplements that can help and support the body where self-created and environmental stressors are significant. Magnesium is a mineral vital to over 300 cellular functions and is vital for heart health. It happens to be in short supply from our mineral depleted topsoil and it does get burned up with chronic stress. Perhaps the easiest way to secure additional magnesium is through Epsom salt baths. Warm baths, in and of themselves, are relaxing. Adding Epsom salt boosts magnesium levels, helping the body to assimilate the effects of stress, aides the body in alleviating toxins and supports restful sleep and more.
So it makes sense to supplement magnesium heavily in addition to eating lots of organic greens and cacao. Most oral supplements are not easy for the body to utilize while the topical solutions are immediately absorbed into the tissues. In addition to availing oneself of those lovely Epsom salt baths, magnesium oil – applied topically – provides the body with an immediately accessible source of this vital mineral. It's not really an oil; it just feels like it. It comes from ancient water sources and its high mineral content makes it feel oily. Another good source comes a little pricier with health food store oral magnesium products like "Calm" or "A-B Calm." And magnesium IS calming!
Foods and oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids are important help stabilize one mentally and calm stress-induced anxiety.
Herbs to minimize life-induced stress include St. John's Wort, well known for its anxiety calming and anti-depressant qualities. With St. John’s Wort, do be mindful of the resulting photosensitivity and take the necessary steps to protect your skin. Chamomile tea is very relaxing after a stressful day, promotes restful sleep and is known to calm the stomach. After all, didn’t Peter Rabbit’s mother give him chamomile tea after he ate all those radishes in Mr. MacGregor’s garden? Lemon balm tea is also quite calming and lemon balm is often found in herbal blends used for ensuring a good night’s sleep.
Binging on comfort foods, consuming alcohol, or watching lots of TV only adds to the effects of stress on the body. Moderate exercise or walking is used by many to release stress. Getting out in nature for a walk, or even getting out into your yard to do some gardening will also release stress. Moderation in all things is key.
There are activities specifically designed for relaxing, releasing stress, and leading to calmer, psyche, permanent enough to keep you out of toxic levels of stress. Consider yoga, tai-chi, chi-gong, and meditation. The last pose of hatha (physical) yoga postures commonly known as the corpse pose is a precursor to meditation if done correctly.
While many consider the Eastern modalities of physical activities to be a little “airy-fairy”, the proof is in the pudding. These tools – for that is truly what they are – have been aiding people in stress reduction for hundreds, even thousands of years.
Approaching stress reduction, and just about everything in life, with an open mind and a “can’t hurt, might help” mentality is key to finding and utilizing those tools that work for you in creating the happy existence we all richly deserve.