5 Unique Methods For De-Stressing

Say goodbye to stress, and hello to lower blood sugar!
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Stress can be harmful to blood sugar control, so lower your stress with these 5 unique, proven methods.

1) Mindfulness practices, like meditation and yoga, have been studied for their ability to reduce stress and anxiety. Research shows that regular meditation actually causes the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for the stress response, to shrink in size, which can work to better regulate the release of stress hormones.

2) Magnesium is a crucial mineral for many functions, it plays a role in over 300 enzymatic processes within the body, and it is vital to your stress levels. Studies show that magnesium is beneficial in supporting the nervous system, with reduced levels of magnesium linked to an increased risk of stress, anxiety and depression.

3) Adaptogens are herbs, like ginseng, which increase our resilience to stress, reduce our sensitivity to stress triggers, and they have been found to supply a modulating effect on the body, with the ability to either calm us down or give us a boost of energy in times of fatigue. Adaptogens can stimulate the central nervous system, reduce inflammation and regulate our stress hormones.

4) There are two arms of the autonomic nervous system, the sympathetic, which is that state of ‘fight or flight’, and our parasympathetic, which is our ‘rest and digest’ state. Diaphragmatic breathing has been shown to be an effective and quick way to switch our body from a state of fight or flight into a parasympathetic state. This type of deep breathing helps decrease the release of stress hormones like cortisol, and improves our ability to cope with stress.

5) Chamomile tea has long been touted for its ability to promote sleep and reduce nervous tension. A recent trial found that chamomile significantly reduced moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety in outpatients with generalized anxiety disorder, and a separate study found that postpartum women who consumed chamomile tea daily for two weeks improved their sleep quality and decreased their depression symptoms.

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