Guest Blog by Dev Maritz - Powerful Habits To Reduce Stress
Written 1st September 2016 at 13:09
Guest Blog by Dev Maritz - Powerful Habits To Reduce Stress

How these 6 powerful habits can reduce stress, make you sleep better and give you boundless energy!

Stress - just the word is enough to stress you out right?

But as you may know, not all stress is created equal, and some individuals can fight it off in greater quantities than others. But what happens if you deal with a continuous trend of stress? Is this something your body can manage, or even sustain?

The answer is no, and here’s why…

Stress Raises Your Chances of Getting Sick

A recent study by the National Institute of Health shows that people under stress are more susceptible to colds and flu. How? Medical experts use a measure called glucocorticoid receptor resistance - or GCR, that looks at how immune cells respond to a signal that stops inflammatory response. In other words, how long your body takes to attack a threat. Patients who dealt with chronic stress in the last 12 months had a higher GCR, which meant they were more likely to develop a cold than those with little to no stress.

If that wasn't enough, stress can also be one of the biggest culprits to skin breakouts, weight gain, digestive issues, hypertension and premature ageing.

So how do you deactivate or at least stamp down stress?

The solution isn't always simple, but these 6 habits can be a great start:

1. GET 8 HOURS OF SLEEP EVERY NIGHT!

Getting enough sleep does two things for you: One, it reduces cortisol levels and two, it helps with fat loss!

Did you know that lack of sleep results in elevated cortisol levels –the stress hormone? When Cortisol is high, the first thing it wants to do is eat away lean muscle –and store body fat! So de-stress and turn off the TV to get 8 hours a night for optimal health and fat loss. Another crucial reason for getting adequate sleep is that you’ll consume less calories in the day. Bonus right? According to a Mayo Clinic study, people who had 80 minutes less sleep a night than their well-rested counterparts consumed 549 extra calories the next day.

2. GET A MASSAGE - IT RELEASES YOUR HAPPY HORMONE!

Research has shown that massage releases serotonin and dopamine - two of your body's "feel good" chemicals.  This decreases the stress hormone and leaves you not only happy, but also rejuvenated and full of life! So next time, put your partner to work, or book in a relaxing massage at a spa.

3. DO AN INFRARED SAUNA - SQUASH TOXIC INVADERS THAT BRING YOU DOWN!

Toxins accelerate when you are stressed out. Yes, the body detoxifies naturally too, but with today's modern diets and fast-pace, on-the-go lifestyles...it needs a helping hand. You see, we're bombarded with more than 80,000 chemicals found in clothes, dental fillings, computers, plastics, food, air, water and soil!

In other words, they are everywhere...

...and this leads to fatigue, headaches, hypertension, stress, muscle soreness, bloating and depression. So, detoxing is essential to fighting off these culprits.  One of the easiest ways to detox safely is by using an infrared sauna! Unlike an ordinary sauna, it uses infrared light which gets absorbed by your skin, and drives toxins out of your organs (through sweating) whilst cleansing and rejuvenating you too!

4. INCREASE THESE NUTRIENTS IN YOUR DIET

One of the quickest ways to de-stress is to eat the right combination of foods - or rather - the right stress-reducing foods.

Here are a few ideas for your next meal:

Increase your vitamin and mineral intake of Tryptophan, Magnesium, Calcium, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Niacin (Vitamin B).

Why these specifically?

B3 Vitamin helps the nerves to function properly; Omega-3 has been researched to reduce depression symptoms by 53%; Calcium and magnesium (found in spinach and kale) are linked to relaxing muscles, and to release hormones to regulate a healthy heartbeat; Tryptophan is an amino acid (found in eggs, nuts and seeds) that releases neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine!

5. DO LOW IMPACT, RESISTANCE TRAINING 15 MINS A DAY, 3 TIMES A WEEK!

Lee Hadden, Founder and fitness writer of The Real Personal Trainer Blog, says there’s a big myth created by fitness fanatics that you should exercise for hours on end to get optimum results.

Look, exercising is great for you as it releases feel-good neurotransmitters called endorphins, which distresses the body, keeps you calm and helps you sleep better.

But...not all exercises are created equal.

Have you ever seen a marathon runner with muscles? Not exactly! Why? Long duration endurance exercise (like running) raises stress hormones, which breaks down your precious lean muscle tissue. To make it worse, we lose 1% of our muscle mass each year after the age of 30. It's called sarcopenia.

So not only do you need to exercise, you want to do the right type of exercise to preserve muscle tissue. That is why low-impact, resistance training is a long term, stress-free solution to staying healthy!

6. JUICE REGULARLY!

Juicing gives your digestive system a break from food (which leads to better energy) and it also releases & flushes out toxins from your body!

Another great benefit of juicing is that it speeds up the metabolic processes, which heals infections, cuts and bruises quicker. Plus, it improves digestion and aids nutrient absorption!

Dev Maritz is a health researcher, writer and the co-founder of PÜR Wellness, a wellness spa that helps busy people feel, look and be at their best through the power of detoxification, fitness programs, skin care therapy and body treatments. Come and rejuvenate yourself with an infrared sauna treatment and get a 40% off discount (for The Healthy Juice Company’s clients only). Simply go to www.purwellness.co.uk/postcard40 to claim your generous discount, or call us on 020 7243 1718 and mention 'The Healthy Juice Company Offer'.

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