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Tips to Relieve Stress Naturally
By: Holistic Dental Center
What is stress really? Stress is the response of the nervous system to external impulses that are too large for it to handle. It is the internal result of external overloads. It's the response of our nervous system to protect us from repeated exposure to the same overloads by limiting our functioning or perception. Continued stress can lead to physical problems - the most commonly known are ulcers, headaches, high blood pressure, even heart disease.
But rather than reaching for the valium bottle, having a drink or cigarette, there are some very good and effective natural stress relievers that will help you get on top of your nerves.
First off, your diet. Quick, hasty bites of food, pizza slices or MacD will add to your stress as well as your weight. Staying away from these foods would be your first remedy. Healthy food, lots of protein and greens will get you a long way. Nutraceuticals or dietary supplements can relieve a lot of stress, with calcium and magnesium on top of that list.
Taking a walk is Stress Reliever Nr. 2. According to Oprah Winfrey, scientists from Chiba University have found that compared with city strolls, leisurely walks in nature result in a 12.4 percent decrease in the stress hormone cortisol, a 7 percent decrease in sympathetic nerve activity, a 1.4 percent decrease in blood pressure and a 5.8 percent decrease in heart rate. Those studies have also shown that spending time outside, even as little as 5 minutes, can increase parasympathetic nerve activity by 55 percent , which, the researchers said, is associated with a relaxed state.
The old fashioned cup of tea is "mother's little helper" when it comes to stress relief. Chamomile, valerian, L-theanin (or green tea), hops, passion flower and lemon balm are nature's excellent remedies for stress. Try it out and find the combination of herbs that works best for you.
Similarly, a scented bath can do wonders for your stress. Just soak in the aromatic water and let yourself drift away. You will feel a lot calmer.
"In our dental practice we use natural stress relievers when we are confronted with stressed patients," says Dr. Vladimir Gashinksy. "Dental treatment, after all, is not something you normally enjoy and we are very aware of this. Our NuCalm® Therapy, based on a protocol of organic herbal ingredients, aroma therapy and a soothing environment helps our patients and creates an enormously calming effect, so dental treatment can occur. That's how we are helping our patients."
Sources: Natural Stress Relief USA, Health.com, Oprah.com, Fox News Health..