michelle@thegoodhealthshop.co.za
039 315 5351

This is our 3rd-in-a series stress blog. We now know the difference between acute and chronic stress and we know that chronic stress damages every system in our body. Yet stress is a part of daily life and there’s not a person who can say they don’t suffer the effects of stress at one time or another. Luckily, there are things we can do to help ourselves, whether we’re currently stressed or suffering the after-effects of past stressful situation. Stress management may require a multi-faceted approach, especially if the effects have taken their toll on our health. There will very seldom be a single-bullet approach to stress management and symptom relief, and any combination of the therapies and remedies suggested below, whatever serves your situation, will be beneficial to you.

  • be kind to yourself. Let the people around you know you are struggling. Don’t add to your stress by pretending it’s all fine
  • if your stress was initially triggered by a trauma, please seek professional counseling. Talking it over, getting a perspective, speaking to other people who have been through the same or similar, are all very important steps in the healing process
  • because chronic stress suppresses immunity, it’s important to supplement with some good vitamin c and live probiotics
  • compromised digestion also benefits from probiotic supplementation. Eat small nutritious meals regularly, even though you may not be hungry. There is not a lot of energy for digesting, but remember we are re-balancing blood sugar too
  • get some exercise. Get out of the house, join a walking or running club, go to gym play squash, join a yoga class. There are a lot of options and many of them are inexpensive. It’s essential to get your body moving
  • follow a low glycaemic diet
  • attempt elimination of trans fats and minimal intake of saturated fats (this means a reduction in processed foods, snacks and fast food and meat )and an increase in avo, banana, nuts, coconut and olive oil
  • elimination of caffeine; this includes coffee, tea, green tea, chocolate and caffeinated sodas
  • alcohol in moderation or not at all
  • boosting consumption of whole plant foods to maximize intake of fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients: with vegetables, fruits, whole intact grains, nuts, seeds, and beans
  • meeting recommended intake of omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish or from supplements