- 1.7 Keys to Improve Your Health by Reducing Stress Relax to the Max PAIGE RENNEKAMP, CNHP DEB KITT, CNHP, TRADITIONAL N.D. WWW.NATURALHEALTHANSWERS.COMWWW.DEBKITT.COM PAIGE@MYNSP.COM[email_address] 303-757-8673303-678-5444 DISCLAIMER: THE FOLLOWING PRESENTATION IS NOT MEANT TO DIAGNOSE, CURE OR PRESCRIBE.
2. Definition of Stress
- A mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression.
- Stress Begins with Perception
- Stress chemicals are released whenever the brain perceives a stressful experience (whether real or imaginary)
- Change your perception and you change your stress level
3. There are 3 Stagesof Stress
- Stage Two: Resistance Stage
- Stage Three: Exhaustion Stage
4. Alarm Phase
- Medulla in brain triggers the sympathetic nervous system
- Hypothalamus and pituitary release ACTH to stimulated the brain cortex
5. Resistance Stage
- Person resists causes of stress
- Nutrients start to become depleted, glands weaken
- Person feels chronically stressed, starts to tire
6. Exhaustion Stage
- Nutrients become depleted
- Adrenals become exhausted resulting in low levels of DHEA and cortisol
7. Stress is Regulated by Chemical Messengers from the Nervous And Glandular Systems
- The Nervous System Creates the initial, but short-lived reactions to stress
- The Glandular System creates the longer lasting reactions to stress
8. Seven Keysto Stress-Less
- Avoid Caffeine and Other Stimulants
- Avoid Sugar and Other Simple Carbs
- Supplement with Adaptagens and Nervines
- Practice the Relaxation Response
9. Stress-Less Key #1 Breathe Deeply
- The diaphragm is the only muscle in the body that is under both conscious and unconscious control
- Learn to pay attention to your breath and you can learn to soothe your own nervousness, fears, anxieties, etc.
- Breathing Pattern for Relaxation is Slow Deep and Even
10. Benefits of Deep Breathing
- Relieves pain and reduces inflammation
- Calms the sympathetic and activates parasympathetic nerves
11. Stress-Less Key #2 Avoid Caffeine and Other Stimulants
- Constantly stimulating the adrenal glands causes faster nutrient depletion
- Creates an acid pH environment
- Coffee alone can cause adrenal exhaustion
12. Stress-Less Key #3 Avoid Sugar and Other Simple Carbs
- Adrenals perceive low blood sugar as a threat and kick into gear to bring up blood sugar
- When blood sugar spikes as a result of simple carbs, it falls just as rapidly
- The adrenals kick into gear to bring blood sugar back up
- If this happens in the middle of the night you may get a surge of adrenaline which wakes you up and keeps you up making it difficult to fall asleep again
13. Stress-Less Key #4 Exercise Regularly
- What are Stress Hormones For?
- They are designed to gear the body up to take physical action
- Thats part of the problem with modern society we arent always able to physically act in stressful situations
- Moderate exercise helps us burn off stress hormones and unwind from stress
14. Stress-Less Key #5 Feed Your Nerves and Adrenal Glands
- Nutrients Needed by the Nerves and Adrenals
15. Supplements for the Nerves and Adrenals
16. Stress-Less Key #6 Supplement with Adaptagensand Nervines
- Nervines help calm the sympathetic
- and activate the parasympathetic nerves
- Adaptagens reduce the output of ACTH from the
- pituitary and help to reduce the output of stress
- hormones from the adrenal glands
18. Specific Products to Help You Stress-Less
19. Stress-Less Key #7 Practice the Relaxation Response
20. Creating The Relaxation Response
- Sit or lay down in a comfortable position
- Starting at your toes tense and then relax the various muscles in your body, working your way towards the head
- Once you have relaxed your body start breathing slowly and deeply
- Create a single focus for your verbal mind, such as counting your breath or repeating a single word ( such as one) or phrase over and over again
- This bores the logical (verbal) part of the brain and causes it to quiet down, allowing the intuitive (non-verbal) part of the brain to become more active
- This changes brainwave patterns and activates the parasympathetic nerves
- *Developed by Herbert Benson, MD President, Mind Body Medical Institute and Mind Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
21. Benefits of Meditation
- Decreases respiratory rate.
- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
- Leads to a deeper level of relaxation.
- Good for people with high blood pressure as it brings the B.P. to normal.
- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
- Decreases muscle tension (any pain due to tension) and headaches.
- Increases serotonin production which influences mood and behavior. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches.
- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies , arthritis etc.
- Helps in post-operative healing.
- Enhances the immune system.
- Research has revealed that meditation increases activity of 'natural-killer cells', which kill bacteria and cancer cells.
- Also reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress.
22. Essential Oil Recipes for Relaxation
- Mix into 1/3 cup Epsom Salts
- Mix into 1/3 cup Epsom Salts
Adrenal Remedy 4 drops pine 2 drops lavender 1 drop Roman chamomile Combine with a couple drops ofoil and rub into adrenal reflex points (back) 23. Essential Oil Recipe
- Cinnamon-Spice Holiday Mist
- 2 droppers Distress Remedy
- Combine essential oils and Distress Remedy into a 2 oz.
- amber glass bottle. Next, add in the Natures Fresh and
- This formula is great to relieve holiday stress, support the