Wednesday

How to Stay Healthy In Our Stress-Filled World

Day in and day out we are faced with stress, but now more than ever we are faced with the anxiety of what is going on in our world today. How are you going to keep your body healthy during these times of crisis?

Take Probiotics- Research tells us that 80% of our immune system resides in our digestive system. We usually think that bacteria weakens our immune system, but beneficial bacteria called Probiotics actually help our body fight many illnesses. They also help with gas, bloating, indigestion, and diarrhea.

Epsom Salt Bath- Many of us are deficient in Magnesium. Magnesium helps calm our stressed out nervous system, our muscles, and helps with many stress related diseases. One of the best ways to get our magnesium is by soaking for 15-20 minutes in a bath with epsom salts.

Exercise- When we feel overwhelmed, exercise is usually the first thing to go. Even just a 15 minute brisk walk has shown to boost our immune system and reduce our stress levels.

Meditation- Meditation helps to dramatically reduce the damage stress causes to your bodies. When practicing meditation, our heart rate and breathing slows down, our blood pressure normalizes, we use oxygen more efficiently, and we sweat less. Our adrenal glands produce less cortisol, our mind ages at a slower rate, and our immune function improves.

Eat Plenty of Organic Fresh Fruits and Veggies- I know I say this a lot, but fresh fruits and veggies help keep our bodies strong and healthy even during the stressful seasons of life. Life has enough stress, we don't need to add more toxins to our body by eating bad foods.

Get Plenty of Sleep- Our body repairs itself while we sleep. If we aren't sleeping enough, our body is not repairing itself. Try to get 8 hours of sleep every night.

As our hearts go out to the people affected by the tragedies in Japan, it is important not to be gripped with anxiety. Instead we need to stay focused on keeping our bodies healthy and enjoying the life we are blessed with.

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