Friday, December 19, 2008

Ice Cream From Stress

Finally, it became clear why children, and adults too, love ice cream: it perfectly removes stress. It turns out milk and cream contain triptofan - an effective natural tranquilizer. Calming the nervous system. improving mood, help cope with insomnia. The main thing - do not overdose with it, cause relieving stress this way, you can get angina.

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Child Blood Group Determines His Stress Resistance

We are constantly trying to make plans for the future concerning our health and life success. And of course, every parent makes plans about the future of his child. The stress resistance also takes part from the desirable-planed personality "skill". This quality is very useful in our century. What we know about the features of the child immediately after birth? The growing, weighting indicators, data on the general state of health. Beside these, the blood group of the child is known it can be used to predict the resistance to stress.

The idea that belonging to a certain blood group could be a factor in the resistance to stress is quite interesting. Such a link is explained by the inheritance adhesion genes, which form the blood group, on the one hand, and regulation of stress hormones (glucocorticoids and catecholamines), on the other hand.

It is assumed that people with the first group of blood are most resistant to stress.
Then comes the fourth group of blood.
The most volatile are believed to be individuals with the second group of blood.
Middle position between the fourth and second team is hold by the third group of blood.

The levels of stress resistance regarding the blood group:
  • The first group of blood (0)
  • The fourth group of blood (AB)
  • The third group of blood (B)
  • The second group of blood (A)
However, The owners of "unsustainable" blood group do not have to be upset. Just they need to pay a little more attention to stress management and learn its techniques. If the parents begin to teach their child from the childhood -his resistance to stress will be higher, despite what is the child's blood group.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Fighting With Stress

We all know the stress - as a bad thing. The stressful situations make our life more complicated, ruin our mood, and in the end - our health. But is it that any stress is bad? And what is "good" stress?

Stress - is a mechanism that allows the body to become faster and stronger in a critical situation, than usual. It is due to stress the driver "runs away" of the seemingly a hundred percent accidental situation, and the mother - catches the falling child.

Normal development of stress can be divided into two phases. The first - this is actually the stress, manifested in the feeling of fear or anger. The fear allows to run faster, and anger - to beat the enemy stronger. The first phase involves the release of adrenaline in the blood, so it can be called adrenaline's.

The second phase - relaxation. A sense of relaxation and pleasure when you have successfully escaped or defeated the opponent. You probably remember as a child it was a pleasure to have a big laugh after frightening or risky escapades. The second phase of stress is associated with the release of toxins, let's call it endorphin's.

Both, the adrenaline and endorphins are essential for our health. Adrenalin and other stress hormones encourage the formulation of specific proteins in cells responsible for longevity. It is believed that these proteins could extend our life for a few decades.

In contrast of the stress hormones, in the second phase of stress there are produced the "happiness hormones", the most famous of them - endorphins. They also have a big positive for effect on our health. The endorphins contribute to the regeneration and restoration of all of the bodies and also increase the life expectancy. Thus, the "good" stress doubly lengthens our lives.

But, unfortunately, modern stress is not like this. When our ancestors hunted big beasts, the process of the fight with an animal was fairly short and ended with a quick victory or the fast running. Thus, the person got first a big but short portion of adrenalin, and then - a more lengthy "dose" of endorphin.

But today we are forced to make long-term projects, where work and the associated stress lasts for weeks and months- the results are seen only rarely, and it is not always positive. Usually because we first get five to ten servings of criticism from superiors, and then - a light and unobtrusive approval.

As a result -the adrenaline and other stress hormones are generated almost constantly. But they are all powerful stimulant for the nervous system and the organism as a whole. Not surprisingly, as a result, we get tired: all systems are constantly working to "the high level." This causes a shortage of endorphins: just because it is very difficult to find a reason to rejoice daily.

Therefore, the problem is not the availability of stress as it is, but only in their characteristics. The man who never experienced stress, weakens quickly. The total lack of acute stress affects both emotional, and physical health.

The person who regularly suffers minor stresses, and these do not end with the "endorphins" phase of relaxation and fun, will not be happy and healthy either.

The best option for health: rare severe stress (long live extreme sports!), And frequent small joy. So look for the daily joy for yourselves and your loved ones - and you will handle any stress.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Let's Get Rid Of Stress...

The divorce, illness, financial problems, problems at work, tense in the relations with close persons… Each of us in life had more than once of these a situations. The effects have long reminiscent through headaches, irascibility, insomnia, nervousness, even with trivial things.

The ancient human ancestors were having a constant struggle for survival, each day find themselves in situations of life and death. In the process of evolution of the body learned to cope with that - "Fight or run!": The heart beats faster, pupils increase, the whole body is straining, providing increased reaction of the body to the changing situation. In today's busy rhythm of daily life such a reaction, alas, becomes normal. The state of stress overload comes when we are not able to cope with the habitual rhythm problems.

Everyone is prone to stress, every second habitant of the planet is suffering from stress. Stress can be constructive - when it does not provoke illness, but rather "encourage" (contributes to elated mood, provides physical and emotional cheerfulness charge).

Destructive stress, which is sometimes called distress - a consequence of a quarrel, fears, excessive demands. To keep the soul and body young, to strengthen our health, it is vital to have the skill of stress prevention and management, with all available means. The interior calmness can be achieved and if necessary preserved with the help of a healthy nutrition, moderate exercises, massage, water procedures.

Experts state that the most susceptible to stress is the vegetative nervous system, which can be strengthened with the water procedures. Modern cosmetics and toiletries industry offer a lot of tools, ranging from the most accessible to each of us - bath salt, foam - to the widely advertised SPA products.

The morning breakfast is mandatory (most often, we, at best, limit to the traditional cup of coffee!), As is often the symptoms of stress is a consequence of malnutrition. A light breakfast must include fruits and vegetables that contain magnesium, which is an excellent tool for preventing dizziness, shivering, muscular convulsions, increased blood pressure and itching. During the day, do not forget the mineral water, in the evening - have a cup of herbal tea.

Have a good mood and remarkable state of health!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Anxiety Relaxation Techniques For Panic Attacks

Anxiety relaxation techniques for when a panic attack hits. The body's immediate response is to fight the symptoms making the attack worse. Relaxation is what helps them go away.

A panic/anxiety attack occurs when your body is extremely stressed and can no longer manage the stress. Your heart races, you start hyperventilating, your vision dims, you get dizzy. At the first sign of panic/anxiety, the key is to relax. Here are the techniques that work:

1. Deep Breathing: Put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. Take a deep breath in and make the hand on your stomach move and the hand on your chest remain still. Takes a bit of practice, but with practice it gets easier. Take a deep breath in and hold it for a count of three. Then breathe it out through your mouth and count to five before taking the next deep breath. This prevents you from hyperventilating during an attack. You need to practice this breathing daily for at least ten minutes so that it becomes an automatic response. Eventually, it comes secondary in nature.

2. Muscle relaxation: Starting with your toes tighten the muscles for thirty seconds to one minute until they start to ache. Then completely relax the muscle group letting it go limp like spaghetti and repeat the process until you know how to relax the muscle. Repeat this with all the muscle groups- fingers, hands, arms, shoulders, neck, legs. Practice this relaxation daily. When a panic attack hits, you mentally check to see which muscles you have tensed up and then relax them.

3. Basic/Beginner Yoga- Yoga is a great form of breathing and relaxation. Through the technique you will learn to correctly breathe and get much needed exercise at the same time. Buy a beginner yoga video or enroll in a Yoga class. Practice it daily.

4. Music- Take some time out every day and listen to relaxing music. Recommended music choices are any soft piano, Windham Hill Artists, Nature Sounds, Jim Brickman, Jesse Cook, Jim Chappell, Steve Halpern, Alex Jones & Doug Cutler, Michael Jones, George Winston, Jonathan Lee.

5. Exercise- Exercise is the key to beating stress. Take 30 minutes a day and go for a walk outside, if it is raining take an umbrella. The fresh air and exercise are not only good for fighting panic, they are good for your health as well.

Friday, January 4, 2008

The Top 5 Stress "Sources"

Everyone knows - to live a long and healthy life, you need to eat healthy and to do physical activity. Unfortunately, far not all people follow these principles in life. In result - health problems.

To get rid of the stress, you need to know that a balanced diet is a very important factor to your health. It helps to reduce your strain.

Some food and beverage acts like strong stimulants to your body and can be a direct cause of stress. The first step that you should do to get rid of stress - to understand what products are the cause of your tension.

1. One of the main and "worse" source of stress is caffeine.
Caffeine is contained in coffee, Coca-Cola, tea. Even many kinds of sweets and chocolate contain caffeine. Caffeine causes the burst of adrenalin in the blood, strongly increasing the level of stress.

2. The next reason of stress is alcohol. You may also need to reduce alcohol consumption to a minimum as it negatively affects the kidneys and liver.

Very often, the alcohol is consumed to alleviate stress. Those who use alcohol often suffer with nervous tension, irritability and insomnia. Also, alcohol can increase the fatty deposits in the heart and impair the immune system if it is used in large quantities.

3. Smoking - the third cause of stress.

Strange, but many smokers use tobacco as the chief assistant in stress management. Yes, perhaps for a short time it might help, but actually - all of this is the illusion.

4. Sugar is another reason for stress.

When the blood contains a lot of sugar, the adrenal gland is working too hard.
Many forms of diabetes can be avoided if maintaining the sugar level low. Too much sugar means a large burden on the pancreas and increase in stress. The best way to get rid of stress - to keep blood sugar levels constant.

5. The fifth stress reason is the salt. Salt raises blood pressure, depleting the adrenal gland, and very often is the cause of emotional instability. Avoid products with a high content of salt: bacon, ham, sausage and pickled cucumbers.