Fresh ideas in Stress Management

Monday,February 3, 2014 @ 00:49

(PRWEB) June 23, 2000

Unless you are some kind of “transcendental guru” sitting atop a hillside somewhere, it is likely that your life contains too much stress. Stress is not just “in your head” and although there are lifestyle and decision making factors which likely contribute to the problem, the rest of the iceberg is there, underneath the surface waiting to be faced and dealt with.

I will not bore you with statistics, figures, or management styles for it is not my intention to show you the top portion of the “iceberg of stress”, but the unseen, the part which really matters.

Stress is not a naturally ubiquitous condition, there are many groups of people in the world who live virtually stress free lives, such as indigenous or aboriginal people. Sometimes, stress is a result of fear, which in nature can help us to survive. For instance, if a tiger is nipping at our heels, it will make us afraid and stressed, hopefully resulting in a change of behavior to remove our bodies from immediate danger.

Regardless of the “external” pressures which stress us, or the top 10% half of the iceberg, I am writing about the “internal” pressures which is the true stress causing culprit which can make life unbearable. Stress is often defined as “force, pressure, or strain”, a condition which is generally abnormal in the human body. Stress could also be defined as “excessive workload”.

The human body is designed to ingest nutrients and eliminate waste. It needs nutrients in order to function and it must constantly gather and eliminate waste in order to function efficiently. (imagine how difficult it would be to walk around in your kitchen after a month or two if you never took out the trash)

With this in mind, then, you can see that the more nutrients one consumes and the less waste one consumes or is exposed to, the easier it will be for their body to function. Easy = low stress.

If one eats a strawberry, it takes the digestive system a certain amount of energy to process that strawberry, and usually a net gain in energy and nutrients for the effort. However, if that same strawberry, is covered with pesticide, now the body not only has to digest the strawberry, but has to work hard to locate, separate (via a mucous quarantine), and eliminate the pesticide as well. Result: Stressed body and lower net gain of nutrition/energy from the strawberry.

Now, if you look at the preceding in a logical manner, it seems obvious that, at the very least, the more pesticides (or other non-desirable substances) that you eat, the harder your body must work to dispose of them. This extra work in turn uses up more of the available energy/nutrients. Thus, the more “non-desirables” you eat, the harder your body must work and the more you have to eat to survive and thus more undesirables to get rid of. Further, the harder your body has to work to eliminate poison, the more stressed it becomes, the more stressed it becomes, the more waste products the body itself creates.

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