Stress Strategies

Posted 08/24/2012 | By HealthCorps

How do you normally deal with stress in your life?

Stress happens to everyone. It can take a physical and mental toll on you if you don’t learn to recognize WHAT your stressors are and how you can best deal with them. Life can be challenging, but once you accept that fact, it becomes much easier to cope with adversity.

Dr. Oz Analogy: What happens when you leave your bicycle outside in the rain and it stays wet? It rusts. The combination of iron, water, and oxygen causes the metal to rust. Just as your bike can rust; so can your body. Stress causes your body to rust.

Foods that help you deal with stress: fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, green tea, dark chocolate and water. Foods that can increase bodily stress: caffeine, sugar, saturated and trans fat, artificial flavoring and alcohol.

Fear is the root of stress. Dangerous stress is triggered by fear that things are out of control.

Stress for our ancestors was related to finding food, running away from wild animals. It focused on survival. Today’s stress is more subtle but also more consistent and equally as dangerous as a T-rex or tiger. Today our bodies respond to stress in the same way they did centuries ago: by storing belly fat.

(video by Awakened Films)

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