WIS­DOM Peace of mind helps pre­vent dis­eases

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Nu­mer­ous stud­ies in­di­cate that at least 25% of the peo­ple who ‘can’t cope’ with the stres­sors in their lives tend to de­velop dis­eases more than oth­ers. Such peo­ple are usu­ally dis­con­tented with their lives. Or­di­nary day-to-day events, both at home and at work seem to be more stress­ful to them than oth­ers. Stress is an un­avoid­able part of life. It is how we re­act to it that makes a dif­fer­ence to our state of health. Some peo­ple han­dle stress well. They re­main calm and col­lected in most sit­u­a­tions and it has little im­pact on their phys­i­cal or emo­tional health. There are oth­ers who are neg­a­tively in­flu­enced by it. Such peo­ple gen­er­ally ex­pe­ri­ence chronic fa­tigue, mi­graine, high blood pres­sure, heart dis­ease, etc. Phys­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions of a dis­turbed mind: Re­searchers es­ti­mate that about 80% of all ma­jor ill­nesses in­clud­ing can­cer, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, skin disor­ders and even back­ache are re­lated to mind and be­hav­iour. Stress is per­ceived as a psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lem but it has real phys­i­cal ef­fects. When one’s body is emo­tion­ally over­loaded and it is fur­ther con­tam­i­nated with chem­i­cals through foods, a se­ries of phys­i­o­log­i­cal changes take place. There may be in­creased se­cre­tion of adren­a­line, ac­cel­er­a­tion of heart beat, greater ten­sion in the mus­cles, slower or im­proper di­ges­tion. Blood pres­sure and blood choles­terol lev­els may rise, the blood thick­ens and is more prone to clot for­ma­tion. This in turn in­creases the risk of heart at­tacks and stroke. Nu­tri­ent de­ple­tion and stress: The stress hor­mones (cor­ti­sone and cor­ti­sol) sup­press the im­mune sys­tem, mak­ing the body an easy prey to cold, cough, fever, res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions etc. It ac­cel­er­ates the me­tab­o­lism of pro­teins, fats and car­bo­hy­drates caus­ing the body to ex­crete amino acids, potas­sium, mag­ne­sium, lead­ing to leg cramps and mus­cle fa­tigue. That is why most peo­ple who are men­tally tired ex­pe­ri­ence body ache, mus­cle pain, back­ache and headache. Fur­ther­more, in a dis­turbed state of mind, the body can­not ab­sorb nu­tri­ents from the food con­sumed. Even­tu­ally, one be­comes overfed and un­der­nour­ished.

DI­ETARY SUP­PORT

Limit the in­take of cof­fee as caf­feine con­tributes to panic at­tacks and ner­vous­ness In­crease the in­take of raw veg­eta­bles and fresh fruits. These are rich in flavonoids, which help to neu­tralise dan­ger­ous free rad­i­cals Phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity is also a form of stress to the body. Ex­er­cise can help keep stress un­der con­trol Avoid car­bon­ated drinks, fried foods, re­fined foods made from white flour, su­gar, foods con­tain­ing colour, ad­di­tives, pro­cessed foods, etc. as they add to the toxic over­load in the body Chamomile tea (her­bal tea) has a calm­ing ef­fect on the nerves and is also sooth­ing to the di­ges­tive tract. One or two cups at bed time is rec­om­mended. It will also help you get bet­ter sleep Kava Kava tea also helps to re­lax the body and has a calm­ing ef­fect on the mind. Ash­wa­gandha, an ayurvedic herb, helps to off­set the ef­fects of stress and act as a nerve tonic.

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