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Stress Management requires a new strategy.
At Hair Analysis Report, we take a different but very interesting approach toward stress management.
Our strategy for stress management is through laboratory nutritional assessment or a nutritional stress test.
Normally, you associate stress with mental stressors such as jobs, relationships, financial problems, and so on, or physical stressors such as disease, colds, broken bones, heavy exercise, etc.
Your body responds to an attack from any toxin in the same manner as a mental or physical attack. This is why it is important to know your nutritional status.
Identify your stage of stress
Interestingly, there are times during a consultation that I ask the client why they are so stressed. It is amazing how many times a client will say, “I am the most laid-back and easygoing person you will meet.” The point is simple, our analysis reveals several indicators for the intensity of stress reactions and yet, the client does not recognize they are stressed. With very little conversation, they begin to reveal numerous stressors with many of them in the top twenty stressors.
As such, an important part of stress management is identifying your current stage of stress.
Whether you realize it or not, each stage of stress places specific demands on all essential nutrients. In essence, each stage of stress (the alarm, resistance, chronic resistance, and exhaustion stages) causes increased retention, utilization, and excretion of essential nutrients. For example, the alarm stage of stress places specific demands on essential nutrients that differ from the resistance stage of stress and so on.
These nutritional actions are a normal response to each stage of stress intrinsic for survival. However, when any stage of stress is left unchecked, you develop the potential for malnutrition.
Ideally, you would progress rapidly through each stage of stress that would not create long-term demands on nutrients that eventually results in multiple nutrient imbalances.
Identify your sources of stressors!
This may seem to be a commonsense approach, however, you would be surprised how many people do not recognize they are stressed! It is amazing during a consultation that with a few questions, a client begins revealing numerous sources of stress. Identifying your sources many be challenging.
The two most common sources of stress for most people include:
- Psychological Stress
- Physical Stress
Either source of stress produces the same effects on your adrenal glands – adrenaline!
Psychological stressors can be very difficult to recognize. One of the reasons is that we tend to adapt to many psychological stressors on the conscious level, but the effects remain on the subconscious level. However, many others may be recognizable and try to eliminate those that can be and manage the remainder.
Physical stress is more easily recognized. As you know, go to the gym and workout hard to reduce your stress is typical advice. Worst advice ever if your adrenals are already weak. The point is, you want to match your exercise program (aerobic or resistance) with all stressors to not continually overwork your adrenals.
Today, most people suffer from the combination of both psychological and physical stressors. This simply maintains a much more constant flow of adrenal hormones that eventually produce the potential for a plethora of symptoms and manifestations.
As you know, if you have been through our website, the adrenals initiate a far-reaching cascade of effects throughout the mind and body that decimates your nutritional status. Unfortunately, the results are not considered healthy and were only intended for a “fight or flight” situation.
Eliminate your sources of stressors!
Obviously, you will not be able to eliminate all of your stressors but eliminating as many as possible may greatly improve the ability to achieve your wellness goals.
Ask yourself, why would you want to “manage” something that may be detrimental to your health? Stress elimination is your primary objective and for the remainder, stress management should become much more effective.
Eliminating some sources of stress can be difficult for many reasons. Keep in mind, adrenaline is actually very powerful and many seem to become addicted to the feelings. Also important, you don’t need to be a thrill seeker always tempting injury or death to release adrenaline. Many people learn to relive a moment in their mind that caused an extreme stress that once again initiates the adrenaline release.
Read more at Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/adrenaline-junkie
Stress management requires targeted nutrition.
As you know, there are many schools of thought when it comes to stress and nutrition. Take these vitamins, these amino acids, these minerals and so on.
However, because your nutrients needs are unique, a targeted nutritional program becomes an important component for an effective stress management program. As seen in healthy eating, targeted nutrition is a complete program that includes minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and fats.
Keep in mind, a targeted nutrition program may or may not be successful as a stand-alone stress management program. This may sound a bit paradoxical but it is important to recognize an effective stress management program may require several adjunct therapies.
For example, you may need to make major lifestyle changes, specific exercises, professional counseling, employment changes, relationship changes, and a myriad of other changes for an effective stress management program.
Positive emotions are crucial for an effective stress management program.
You are familiar with the old saying to keep a positive mental attitude (PMA). However, merely burying your internal negative emotions to show a smiling positive mental attitude is actually more harmful to your stress management program than you may realize.
If your PMA is not genuine, then it is pretense or pretending. This creates a paradox in your nutritional and stress management program and at the same time increases the potential for an emotional override.
To explain, emotions are powerful and possess the potential to override or negate a nutritional or even pharmaceutical regimen. The mind is extremely powerful as seen in the placebo effect. Therefore, if you decide consciously or unconsciously to resist positive changes you will override a nutritional program.
Interestingly, the paradox of emotions is that essential nutrients influence your emotions and your emotions influence your nutrient excesses and deficiencies. For example, a deficiency of calcium or magnesium (sedative nutrients) can create a potential for irritability, short temper, belligerence, and so on.
Additionally, excessive sodium or potassium (stimulating nutrients) can create the potential for irritability, short temper, belligerence, frustration, violence, and so on. Do you see the paradox?
Hair Analysis and Stress Management
As stated earlier, a hair analysis is an excellent tool and important component for stress management because you are unique, your stressors are unique, and your nutritional needs are unique.
A hair analysis provides a graphic display of essential elements (minerals) excesses and deficiencies denoting different stages of stress. The analysis also includes toxic elements as well.
This information provides specific foods and supplement recommendations that may greatly assist your stress management program.
Take control of your stress management program by incorporating this valuable tool for targeted nutrition. Unfortunately, the damaging effects of stress and improper nutrition remain extremely underestimated in our society.
Are you ready to increase the effectiveness of your stress management program?
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