Stress & 7 Ways to Manage it (these are things I do!)


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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 –

  1. Lowers immune function/suppresses the immune system
  2. Has been shown in research to shrink our brain (!)
  3. Increases visceral adiposity (belly fat)
  4. Shunts blood away from the digestive tract, compromising our ability to break down and assimilate our food
  5. Results in mineral loss (bone loss, neurotransmitter issues AKA brain fog)
  6. 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!

~ Tracy  


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 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyFor the past 20 years, Tracy has served as a dietitian/nutritionist and educator to hundreds of patients throughout the US on their journeys to restoring health, and optimizing well being. 

Tracy has a passion for helping others heal, fueled by her own recovery from Chronic Neurological Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, Epstein Barr Virus, SIBO, and anxiety. 

Tracy says "I have the deepest respect and passion for the healing abilities of the human body.  Each day, I witness miracles when the body is provided optimal fuel:  a nutrient dense, whole, plant foods diet combined with any necessary lifestyle changes.  A talented teacher, known for explaining complex medical topics in plain English, Tracy will assist you in restoring your health and your freedom.  

Tracy helps people with chronic & mystery illness restore their health