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Stress : The Silent Killer

So following on from Monday…

…I want to talk to you about STRESS and why it’s been called the silent killer but more importantly, how to recognise it and some effective strategies you can all implement to cope with it.

So we all know what stress is don’t we?

Basically, stress on the body can come from many sources…

…the general pace of life and synthetic substances like alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.

Pollution, especially living and working in central London as many of us do is a big problem too.

But food is one that we don’t always think about right?

Even so called “healthy” food is laden with antibiotics and pesticides that can put the body under significant stress over time.

A very brief science lesson.

When we are stressed, our bodies produce and release the chemicals adrenalin and cortisol, amongst others and basically put our body into “fight or flight” mode.

For our Neanderthal ancestors 100,000 years ago, this mode was essential for survival and would have saved many from sabre toothed tiger attacks or nocturnal invasions to the cave from other tribes :)

This stress was not a problem (assuming they were still alive) as once the attack or stressor had subsided, the hormones released would dissipate and normal life would continue.

In the modern era, stress accumulates from all of the above and continues to mount up.

Unless effective stress reducing activities are implemented, it WILL cause us serious short and long term problems.

Short term problems include :

Poor sleep, low mood and even depression
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Bad skin & hair

Fluid retention

Weight gain

Low sex drive

Poor digestion & constipation.

Thyroid suppression

Blood sugar imbalances

Decreased bone density…

…and if that isn’t enough, it will increase fat deposits around your abdomen.



Sounds like fun.

Long term :

High risk of degenerative diseases such as

Arthritis

Diabetes

Cancer

Stroke

Heart disease

oh and a high chance of a heart attack which usually ends up in death.



Maybe not so fun.

I don’t mean to scare you…I just want to make you understand how important this is.

So what can we do to minimise stress and effectively combat it so that

LIFE happens for you and NOT to you!

Recent studies have shown that the perceived level of stress was actually more dangerous than the actual stress itself.

If someone is consistently telling themselves they are stressed, then this can be more damaging than someone with the same level of stress but is mentally able to cope more with the stress.

That said, it’s probably wise to reduce the burden of stress rather than just focussing on the mental side of things.

So what can we do?

* Sleep 6-8hrs per day and go to bed and rise at the same time every day

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Severely reduce alcohol and if you really stressed then eliminate it all together.

Easier said than done, I know

* Exercise 4-6 times per week.

Exercise, even for just 30min at a time is the no 1 stress reliever available

* Eat a diet high in protein and good fats.

Reduce processed carbohydrates and sugar

* Eat green vegetables with every meal

Or take a “super greens” supplement

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* Reduce caffeine intake or eliminate it altogether depending on your current situation



A strong coffee in the morning pre-training can be useful for fat loss and kick starting you into action.

Four shots of espresso before 11am is not the same!

* Lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in warm water first thing in the morning.

Great detoxification for the liver and alkalinising the body

* Take a broad spectrum multi-vitamin every day.

Adrenalin robs the body of magnesium, vitamin B and vitamin C and ageing and degeneration are activated when this happens.

* High quality fish oil every day.

If you are not using fish oil then I’m sorry but you are doing yourself and your health a disservice 

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Consider an additional magnesium supplement or bathe in Epsom bath salts whenever possible.

Magnesium is amazing for switching the nervous system off and has a very calming effect on the whole body.

Most people are deficient in this one key mineral which is required for so many functions in the body.

Interestingly, the contraceptive pill is a chief robber of magnesium so it might be prudent to think about that going forward.

If you are staying on the pill for obvious reasons, I would suggest that a powerful multi-vitamin is a must.

Guys, this is not relevant for you or at least I hope it’s not but I would still recommend a multi-vitamin :)

* Yoga, tai chi or meditation can do wonders for your wellbeing

I hope those of you that are feeling stressed can implement these ideas into your daily routine but remember, stress itself is not the problem.

It’s how we deal with the stress or rather don’t deal with the stress that causes the problems and also your perception of stress.

Now excuse me as I go sit in the lotus position in a Epsom salt bath and meditate with an intravenous supply of super greens and fish oil.

OMMMMMM…

Namaste.

Gav :)

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