By Dr. Dionisio Celeste
The term "Stress" refers to any reaction to a physical, mental, or emotional stimulus that upsets the body's natural balance. Pressures and deadlines at work, problems and death of a loved-one, encounters with crowd, noise, traffic, pain, extreme temperatures, overwork, lack of sleep, physical illness, excessive alcoholism and smoking are some factors that put stress on the body.
These are the symptoms of stress:
b. Chronic headache
d. Changes in appetite
e. Cold hands
f. High blood pressure
g. Memory loss
h. Low self-esteem
k. Shallow breathing
l. Nervous twitches
m. Lowered sexual drive
o. Gastrointestinal disorders
Almost all body functions and organs react to stress. The pituitary gland increases its production of ACTH, which in turn stimulates the release of the hormones cortisone and cortisol. It inhibits the function of disease-fighting white blood cells and suppresses the immune response. This increase is responsible for most of the symptoms associated with stress. It is also the reason that stress can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Increased adrenalin production causes the body to step up its metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to quickly produce energy for the body to use. The body does not absorb ingested nutrients well when under stress. Many of the disorder that arise from stress are the result of nutritional deficiencies, especially deficiencies of the B-Complex vitamins, which are very important for proper functioning of the nervous system and of certain electrolytes, which are depleted by the body's stress response. Stress also promotes the formation of free radicals that can become oxidized and damage body tissues, especially cell membrane.
Some people handle stress well, but others are very negatively influenced by it. Long-term stress is particularly dangerous. Because of its effect on immune response, stress increases susceptibility to illness and slows healing.
The food we eat contributes to stress. Eat a diet composed of 50-75 percent raw foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables that is rich in flavonoids, which neutralize dangerous free radicals. Avoid processed food and all foods that create stress on the system, such as artificial sweeteners, carbonated soft drinks, chocolate, eggs, fried foods, pork, red meat, sugar, white flour products, junk foods, food containing preservatives or heavy spices. Eliminate dairy products on your diet for three weeks and gradually reintroduce them, watch for returning symptoms of stress. Limit your intake of caffeine; avoid alcohol, tobacco, and mood-altering drugs.
Take essential vitamins and minerals for proper body nutritional supplement like Vitamin A, Vitamin B-complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc.
Get regular exercise and learn to relax. Relaxation to a person suffering from stress is quite difficult, but it is very helpful. Pursue a hobby like dancing, playing musical instruments, engage yourself in sports like swimming, basketball, biking and so on.
Get sufficient sleep each night. Try to meditate twice a day for 10-20 minutes and practice deep breathing.
Identify the sources of stress in your life. This can be an important first step in managing stress, this can be caused by the following:
a. Death of spouse or other close family member.
c. Death of close friend
d. Legal separation from spouse
e. Job loss
f. Major injury
g. New marriage
h. Scheduled surgery
i. Change in family member's health
j. Serious trouble at work
k. Increased responsibility at work or at home
l. Sexual problems
m. Change of jobs
n. Child leaving home
o. Change in residence
p. Major change in diet
Take a day-off or spend a weekend together with your family, friends or by yourself. Work on creating a stress-free home environment like keeping the noise level down, because noise contributes to stress.
Do not repress or deny your emotions. Admit your feelings and accept them. Don't be afraid to cry. Crying can relieve anxiety and let loose bottled-up emotions. Try not to take life too seriously and learn to laugh.
Do Biomagnetic Field Therapy to relieve stress:
1. Drink Magnetized Negative Water with Magnetized Stabilized Oxygen 3x daily
2. Daytime Sternum Treatment
Put Negative 2-Stack Power Wafers on CVS all day for 1-2 weeks or longer if necessary.
3. Nighttime Sternum Treatment
Put Negative 2-Stack Power wafer on forehead overnight for 1-2 weeks or longer. Make sure the room is entirely dark to create a calm environment.
If stress-related symptoms become chronic or recurrent, consult your doctor to rule out an underlying illness.