STRESS & DETOXIFICATION
7 Ways to Manage Stress and Facilitate Your Ability to Detox!
I’ve written before about the harmful effects of stress. Here’s an article I did about using your phone and a little device to essentially do DIY Biofeedback. It’s called Heart Math. Maybe some of you use it or have heard of it. You can read about it HERE.
But I don’t think I’ve ever discussed how stress impacts our ability to biotransform toxins – or detox.
Stress – via increased cortisol and epinephrine –
- Lowers immune function/suppresses the immune system
- Has been shown in research to shrink our brain (!)
- Increases visceral adiposity (belly fat)
- Shunts blood away from the digestive tract, compromising our ability to break down and assimilate our food
- Results in mineral loss (bone loss, neurotransmitter issues AKA brain fog)
- Raises the risk of cancers, heart disease, estrogen dominance, PMS, fibroids, and blood sugar issues
Adrenaline is like battery acid in our blood stream.
It is highly corrosive and stress instantly acidifies us.
7. I recently had a light bulb moment, and I realized that stress ALSO impairs our ability to detox.
You see, when we are being chased by a grizzly bear, our body inherently knows that we need to prioritize functions. Staying alive is important. Detoxing isn’t!
The problem is, our body doesn’t differentiate the emotional stress we’re facing in the 21st century from the physical stressors.
One of the best things you can do is getting connected to nature.
Go watch the bees or birds!
Take a walk and collect stones. We like to look for heart-shaped stones!
Visualize that your feet have roots growing out of them, deep into the ground. Then, as needed, revisit that calm grounded feeling as needed. You can do it from anywhere, anytime!
This is Emily – she lives on our 35 acres and I talk about her at the end of the article.
You can go for hikes or walks. We intuitively know that actually getting into the mountains makes us feel better. It’s because there are more negative ions. It’s not a typo- negative ions are abundant in nature, and after rain storms.
And know that even if you just need to imagine you are in the mountains, it is beneficial. But you could also buy an essential oil diffuser and an essential oil like pine or spruce to help the process!
Go berry picking! These are wild blackberries we picked during a trip to the West Coast in 2015.
Watch sunrises and/or sunsets and know that the sun WILL rise again, no matter how bad the situation seems right now. When I’m really on my game, I set my phone alarm for 10 minutes pre-sunset, and make a point of watching each night. It calms me down in a way that other things don’t.
Plant a garden – even if it’s a few containers on your patio.
Johny and I grow a lot of food each summer!
Pick ONE stress-busting therapy you can do consistently.
Your life DOES depend on it!
Which one is for you?
We have an ancient cottonwood tree on our property. Her name is Emily (pictured above) and we love and take care of her. We protect her from carpenter ants, and get her haircuts if limbs die. We love to see squirrels living with her. This spring a pair of geese were sitting on her branches! I love to sit under Emily and imagine my roots joining hers.
See you next time…. I’m headed out to do some root time with Emily!
About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN
Tracy Konoske is an eclectic clinician and uses a blend of natural, integrative, functional, and personalized medicine to help her patients feel their best. Tracy understands that there are 4 drivers of chronic disease: Toxins, Infections, Stress, and Diet. And it's often a combination of all 4 that lead to a chronic health condition, and thus it takes a treatment plan addressing each of the 4 to resolve and reclaim good health. Tracy has recovered from 2 "perfect storm" situations which had drastic effects on her health and led to multiple mystery illnesses and diagnosis including Lyme.
By reducing the burden of these triggers, Tracy is successfully resolving:
- Fatigue (anemia's, adrenals, thyroid-related, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME-CFS)
- Auto Immune Conditions (Hashimoto's, Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac)
- Mental Health Conditions (anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD/ADHD)
- Cognitive Dysfunction (trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, symptoms of early Alzheimer's)
- Digestive Disorders (low hydrochloric acid, "leaky gut", Candida Albicans, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth SIBO, IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
- Migraines and chronic headaches
If you've one or more of the above-mentioned conditions, or have been told you have Lyme or chronic Lyme, there's a good chance you are in the right place.
If you have a history of chronic sore throats, tonsillitis or tonsillectomy, mononucleosis, glandular fever, shingles, and/or cold sores, there's a good chance you are in the right place.
There are no coincidences. All good things come from God.