Stress is how your body reacts to certain situations, which has been referred to as the “fight or flight syndrome.” However, modern life presents differently than thousands of years ago when you faced a life-threatening situation and needed to act quickly. The “fight or flight” response is immediate in reacting or running, and activates your adrenaline. Stress that is mild and short-lived is one thing. Chronic long-term stress, and overworked adrenal glands, over time can affect your physical and mental health.*
Cardiac-related challenges are often referred to as the “silent killer.” If long-term stress can lead to some of these conditions, then is stress really the “silent killer?”
You are probably familiar with some external symptoms of stress. However, how do you know what is really happening inside your body, which you could call ‘internal’ symptoms?
There are many outward signs of stress on the body: anxiety, depression, headaches/migraines, heartburn, weight gain/weight loss.
Gut health and cardiac function are just two areas that can be affected by stress. Gut health is responsible for approximately 70% of your immune system and 90% of your serotonin. Research has also revealed a connection between psychological stress and cardiovascular disease.*
It’s pretty clear that stress isn’t something that’s generally going to decrease, especially given our busy modern lives. Sometimes even changing your surroundings can change your state! Here are some ways you can include stress-reducing activities in your daily life.
Breathe Some people unknowingly hold their breath when they are under stress. Be mindful of your breathing, and take slow deep breaths often.
Move Your body was meant to move. Low impact exercises include walking, Yoga and Tai Chi. Swimming uses many muscles. There are lots of sports to choose from, both indoor and outdoor. Here is a wonderful free tool to discover what works best for you: “Be Active Your Way Widget.” https://bit.ly/2NeNg70
Eat restorative foods You probably know what’s coming…. more leafy greens, fresh vegetables and fruits, natural grains and lean protein. What you eat has a direct impact not just on your waistline but also your brain function and your mood. If you’re not sure where to begin, here is another great resource: “Heart-Healthy Foods: Shopping List.” https://bit.ly/1pGzaOy
Seek balance Build balance into your schedule, such as quiet time, meditation, and time away from the television, computer and other technical devices.
Through observing the impact of stress on two main areas of the body – gut health and cardiac health – here’s how Xooma’s products can help!
Assimilator™ Taking care of your gut begins with your digestive system. Assimilator is referred to as “The Missing Ingredient” in our modern diet. Many foods you consume no longer contain enzymes, which aid the absorption of nutrients and can improve digestion.
Probiotix™ Probiotics are vital for your overall gut health. Xooma’s Probiotix formula supports ideal levels of GOOD gut bacteria for a healthy digestive system and strong immune system.
KardiaXyme™ is a unique blend of marine algae and scientifically shown to reduce inflammation, especially important with the heart. Xooma Members have also experienced increased ‘good’ cholesterol and decreased ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Omega 3/75™ is an ultra-pure formula that contains a high ratio of EPA & DHA (Essential Fatty Acids), and cardiac benefits are widely-recognized.