Han­dle neg­a­tiv­ity with the right diet

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The mind and body in­ter­act with each other to a larger ex­tent than nor­mally imag­ined. Why else would you get phys­i­cally drained af­ter a men­tally ex­haust­ing day? Or why would the heart race and palms sweat when you are ner­vous? This just points out to the pro­found con­nec­tion be­tween mind and body. Pro­longed stress can cause high choles­terol, di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure, can­cer, con­sti­pa­tion, di­ar­rhoea, ul­cers, in­som­nia, chronic fa­tigue and a host of other con­di­tions.

Stress is om­nipresent. It’s the way you han­dle a stress­ful sit­u­a­tion that makes all the dif­fer­ence to your health.

How to change your re­sponse to a neg­a­tive sit­u­a­tion:

It’s eas­ier to bring about a change in your­self than in the sit­u­a­tion. If in a stress­ful sit­u­a­tion, you re­act with anger, just con­trol­ling that anger will help you see the sit­u­a­tion in a dif­fer­ent light. Med­i­ta­tion and pranayama have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on our health, and are known to cor­rect a range of prob­lems from heart dis­eases to de­pres­sion. Think pos­i­tive. When you do so, the chain re­ac­tion that fol­lows may have less harm­ful con­se­quences. Just as you dis­pose your body wastes and tox­ins by bathing, sweat­ing, pass­ing stools, etc., you must dis­pose your neg­a­tive emo­tions by mak­ing a con­scious ef­fort to block all neg­a­tiv­ity and think pos­i­tive. A nutri­tional cleans­ing pro­gramme will help, as be­ing phys­i­cally toxic in­ter­feres with clar­ity of thought, in­tu­ition and pos­i­tive think­ing. Be­low are a few tips to help detox­ify: Drink green juices and herbal teas such as wheat­grass juice, mint and co­rian­der juice, chamomile tea, pep­per­mint tea and basil tea. They are ex­cel­lent liver cleansers, help in calm­ing ag­i­tated nerves and have a sooth­ing ef­fect on the body Eat­ing a fi­bre-rich diet helps in detox­i­fi­ca­tion Sup­ple­ments of vi­ta­min A,C, E and se­le­nium help the body to off­set the neg­a­tive ef­fect of stress Gin­seng equips the body to deal with both phys­i­cal and men­tal stress bet­ter Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise makes the body more re­silient to the ex­haust­ing ef­fect of stress. It helps raise sero­tonin lev­els, which in turn help the body to over­come neg­a­tive emo­tions bet­ter. An­jali Muk­er­jee,

nu­tri­tion­ist

STRESS IS OM­NIPRESENT. IT IS THE WAY YOU HAN­DLE A STRESS­FUL SIT­U­A­TION THAT MAKES ALL THE DIF­FER­ENCE TO YOUR HEALTH

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