IN THIS BLOG POST, YOU WILL READ MORE ABOUT
STRESS and NUTRITION- which foods will help you deal with stress and more about LIFESTYLE and AROMATHERAPY solutions.
This post is the second of a blog post series about STRESS and how to manage it with a Naturopathic approach.
If you haven’t read the previous introduction – what is stress
and some life habits that can help you to reduce it, then start here.
When you are under stress, your body reacts:
- Within a couple of minutes during a stressful situation, adrenaline is quickly released into the blood, sending impulses to organs to create a specific response.
- Your body increases the metabolism of Carbohydrates, Fats and Proteins to gain rapid energy.
- The body loses amino acids and minerals like potassium, phosphorus and magnesium and stores less calcium in the bones.
- In this situation, the body absorbs fewer nutrients, especially the B vitamins an essential part of the nervous system’s proper functioning.
- Also, the body lowers the digestive system’s secretion, which causes problems like constipation and IBS.
- Stress weakens the body, the immune system and reduces its healing power.
So here are my suggestions, for long-term stressful periods-
Complete and restore those MINERALS and VITAMINES that the body has lost
Boost your SEROTONIN levels and support your mood while you are suffering from stress.
The first step- start with a balanced diet, rich in foods that are high in Tryptophan.
Tryptophan (positively impacting mood and cognition) is an essential amino acid, and its dietary intake is important for its proper supply.
A diet rich in antioxidants can contribute to keeping the tryptophan level high. (1)
Here are Suggestions of foods that you can add to your diet while you are feeling stressed:
It’s time to support the body
from the outside a little bit more
Take relaxing baths 1-3 a week
Just soaking in warm water can help to relax the muscles.
Take a break from the world-
Use essential oils, add few drops to your bath
I like to mix the essential oils with sweet almond oil. It is nourishing the skin and diluting the essential oils.
When adding the oils blend to the warm water,
the molecules evaporate, and you can enjoy the calming influence these oils have on your body.
For extra relaxing baths, try to add the following to your bath:
Encourages overall relaxation, especially for those who suffer from tension or muscle cramps
You can absorb the magnesium through the skin.
When inhaled, it stimulates and provides uplifting and stabilising effects
on emotions and calms both mind and body naturally
- Rose absolute – rose oil is one of the best oils that help calm your mind while overthinking and worries as it restores a sense of security and well-being.
- Frankincense – helps to induce the feeling of peace, relaxation and satisfaction.
It fights anxiety and enhances relaxation.
From a spiritual point of view, it helps to increase intuition and spiritual connection.
- Bergamot – a sweet, citrus aroma used to uplift emotions, relieve stress and promote energy.
- Lavender – helps to induce calmness and relieves symptoms of anxiety-like nervousness, headaches and muscle pain.
- Ylang Ylang – eases the mind, releases nervous tension and helps the whole body relax.
Ylang Ylang is also used to help retain moisture in the skin and hair.
Other useful tips
Go out to do jogging or even have a relaxed walk outside on a sunny day.
The fresh air is always an excellent way to be more relaxed.
Speak with a close friend/ family about what worries you.
Concentrate on the positive side of your life!
That’s all for this time!
In my next post, I will introduce you to Adaptogenic Herbs that you can try to manage stress.