Best Tips on How to De-Stress

Best Tips on how to De-Stress Lebanon OH Chiropractor Countryside Clinic of Chiropractic Dr. Tony Dejti

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way.

Hi all!  Dr. Dejti your Lebanon OH Chiropractor here!  Today we will be talking about Stress, how it effects the body, and what you can do to decrease it!

Did you know that according to the American Psychological Association, 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress and 73% regularly experience psychological symptoms?

What are the top 3 causes of Stress in the United States?

  • Job Pressure
  • Money
  • Health

The Body’s Stress Response

When you perceive a threat, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action.

Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus—preparing you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand.

So… What can you do?

Here are some of the best tips on how to de-stress now!

  • Go For A 10 Minute Walk
    • To Clear your head and boost endorphins (which reduces stress hormones)
  • Breathe Deeply
    • Breathing exercises give your body an extra boost of oxygen, which can relieve tension and stress in several of the body’s systems
  • Buy Yourself a Plant
    • Researchers have found that just being around plants can induce a relaxation response
  • Step Away From The Screen
    • Did you know late night computer use has been associated with stress?  Do yourself a favor and turn off the computer 1 hour before bed time
  • Try This Naam Yoga Hand Trick
    • Applying pressure to the space between your second and third knuckle (the joints at the base of your pointer and middle fingers) can help to create a sense of instant calm
  • Hang Up, Then Turn Off Your Phone
    • Smart phones are linked to increased stress levels due to people feeling pressured to respond to emails and messages
  • Put On Some Music
    • It can slow heart rate, lowers blood pressure and even decreases levels of stress hormones
  • See Your Best Friends
    • Did you know your closest friends can actually reduce your production of cortisol?
  • Try Eagle Pose
    • Many yoga poses are known stress relievers, as they open the shoulders, relieve neck tension and do away with many of the physical symptoms of stress
  • Craft
    • Repetitive motions — like the fine motor skills used to knit, make jewelry or cross-stitch — can soothe anxiety

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Top 10 Reasons NOT to Eat Sugar

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For better health, consider eliminating all refined sugar from your diet.

According to a recent study, many of us eat the equivalent of 53 heaping teaspoons of white refined sugar every day. It finds its way into a wide variety of processed foods these days. A typical soft drink contains the equivalent of 9 heaping teaspoons of sugar!

Here are ten reasons to avoid refined (white) sugar in your diet:

  1. Sugar contributes to tooth decay because it decreases the effectiveness of a particular type of white blood cell that “eats” bacteria.
  2. Sugar causes the body to release more adrenalin, which may explain hyperactivity in young children.
  3. Calcium loss in urine occurs when a person consumes a soft drink containing sugar.
  4. Ingesting sugar makes the pancreas work harder to produce insulin. Diabetes results when the overworked pancreas’ can no longer eliminate sugar from the blood stream.
  5. White refined sugar is bleached with chlorine, which, when it comes into contact with certain organic compounds, converts to dioxin, a lethal compound.
  6. Sugar can hinder weight loss because high insulin levels (see # 5 above) cause the body to store excess carbohydrates as fat.
  7. Sugar increases the likelihood of chronic fatigue.
  8. Sugar increases mood swings, irritability and anxiety.
  9. Sugar compromises the immune system because it lowers the efficiency of white blood cells for a minimum of five hours.
  10. Eating sugar can decrease helpful high-density cholesterol (HDLs) and result in an increase in harmful cholesterol (LDLs).

A Sweeter Alternative!

Here at Countryside Clinic of Chiropractic, we suggest an herb called stevia as a sweet and safer alternative to white refined sugar. It’s available in several forms. It has no calories, is sweeter than sugar and does not raise blood sugar levels. Clearly, a better choice to satisfy any sweet tooth.