If you caught the Radio Show, then you heard how I think the current spiritual “Goodlife” is somewhat dependent on how well we take care of our bodies and cultivate the basic energy necessary to use our Intuition and to recognize Synchronicity. Dr. Mercola, an integrative medical doctor, recently released a shocking new article discussing the danger of stress. The body naturally responds to stress by recognizing the warning signs and dealing with the threat by giving us the feeling of anxiety.
According to Dr. Mercola’s summary of research, the percentage of older adults using pharmaceutical drugs for Anxiety and insomnia in now at 43%.Today it is common when feeling stress, depression or anger to get on a prescription and use sedatives. The main problem is sedatives reduce brain activity when they give us the feeling of tranquility. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult to get a handle on the problem or real cause of stress so that you can take the necessary steps to deal with it.
According to Dr. Mercola, “If you use these risky anti-anxiety drugs, you’re four times more likely to die early, your risk of cancer rises 35%, and you have a 50% higher risk for dementia.”
This is a summary of the full ARTICLE, “EFT is an Effective Tool for Anxiety.” Dr. Mercola recommends a proven alternative lifestyle change and lists some causes of your stress your doctor probably is not talking to you about:
Too Much Sugar
Many studies have demonstrated the connection between a high-sugar diet and poor mental health. High sugar and starchy carbohydrates lead to excessive insulin release, which can result in falling blood sugar levels, or hypoglycemia. In turn, hypoglycemia causes your brain to secrete glutamate in levels that can cause agitation, depression, anger, anxiety, and panic attacks. Additionally, sugar fans the flames of inflammation in your body.
Leaky Gut and Poorly Functioning Second Brain.
As explained by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, toxicity in your gut can flow throughout your body and into your brain, where it can cause a variety of psychiatric symptoms, including anxiety and depression. Reducing gut inflammation is imperative when addressing mental health issues,10 so optimizing your gut flora is a critical piece. Your gut sends more signals to your brain than the brain sends to it. It also has more neurons and produces more neurotransmitters than the brain. So optimize your gut health by eliminating sugar and increasing beneficial bacteria. Make sure to include plenty of naturally fermented vegetables in your diet to help balance your gut flora, and if that’s not an option for you, consider a high-quality probiotic supplement.
Exercising creates new GABA-producing neurons that help induce a natural state of calm. Exercise also boosts your levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which help buffer the effects of stress. Stand up as much as possible, as compelling research now tells us that prolonged sitting has an extremely detrimental impact on your health, even if you exercise regularly. Intermittent movement may be even more important than regular exercise, so make a goal of walking 7,000 to 10,000 steps daily.
Animal-Sourced omega-3 Deficie
Your diet should include a high-quality source of animal-based omega-3 fats, like krill oil. The omega-3 fats EPA and DHA play an important role in emotional health, and deficiencies have been linked to mood disorders. Research has shown a dramatic 20 percent reduction in anxiety among medical students taking omega-3s.
Food Additives and GMO Ingredients
A number of food additives and dyes are thought to negatively affect mental health, and many have been banned in Europe. Potential culprits to avoid include Blue #1 and #2 food coloring; Green #3; Orange B; Red #3 and #40; Yellow #5 and #6; and the preservative sodium benzoate. Recent research also shows that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, which is used in large quantities on genetically engineered crops, limits your body’s ability to detoxify foreign chemical compounds. As a result, the damaging effects of those toxins are magnified, potentially resulting in a wide variety of diseases, including brain disorders that have both psychological and behavioral effects.
Limit your exposure to radiofrequency microwave radiation, cell and portable phones, and electro-pollution. This is especially true for your sleeping environment where rest and repair occur.”
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