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.
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.