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TO DE-STRESS, EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Most of us know we should pay more attention to our nutrition, but it’s hard to break the burger and fries habits of a lifetime. Research by a Warrington chiropractor is finding more evidence, however, that good nutrition habits can affect many areas of our physical and mental health. Now there’s research that shows loading up on the fruits and vegetables can help you lower your stress levels. A recent study carried out in Australia involving 60,000 people aged 45 and older found that eating more fruits and vegetables can reduce stress.

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The numbers are pretty impressive. The study referred to by a Central Bucks chiropractic office showed that folks who ate 3-4 servings of vegetables every day had a 12 percent lower risk of stress than those who ate 0-1 servings daily. The results are even more striking when you focus on women. Females who ate 5-7 daily servings of fruit and vegetables had 23 percent lower stress than their counterparts who ate 0-1 servings each day.

The study clearly shows that eating fruits and vegetables every day plays a role in stress reduction, but perhaps the biggest surprise is that as you increase the amount, it keeps lowering your stress level. People who ate 5-7 daily servings of fruit and vegetables had lower stress than those who ate 3-4 servings, and the ones who ate 3-4 servings had lower stress than the ones who ate only 0-1 servings daily. However, it appears that there is an upper limit — if you increase your fruit and vegetable intake to more than 7 times a day, it does not lower your stress levels any further.

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The bottom line is that if you want a good remedy for the high levels of stress in today’s world, eat more fruit and veggies!

AROMATHERAPY FOR YOUR STRESS

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We live in an increasingly stressful world, and yet science tells us that stress can be bad for our health. Stress has been linked to a range of physical ailments, including hypertension, headaches, asthma, diabetes, depression, and anxiety, to name just a few.

There are many remedies for dealing with stress, and things like meditation, yoga, exercise, massage at your local chiropractor office and even a cup of herbal tea work for various people. Aromatherapy is another stress reliever, and many people swear by its calming properties.

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The aroma from essential oils is believed to penetrate cell membranes in the brain and reach the emotional centers quickly. Certain smells can trigger feelings of peace and serenity, and they can bring you back to calmer times in your life, which immediately slows your heartbeat and breathing, and makes your mind more peaceful.

There are many varieties of essential oils available, each with its own properties. The ones most commonly associated with stress relief are: Lavender, Patchouli, Citrus Oils, Clary Sage, and Ylang-Ylang.

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However, the very best way to find a good de-stressing oil is to simply sample it. Smell the oil, and pay attention to how it makes your body and mind feel. The ultimate test is how it affects you, not what the label says. Once you find an oil that works, purchase it from a Jamison chiropractor and put a few drops of it on a handkerchief. That way you can carry it around with you all day long, and pull it out for a sniff whenever you need to de-stress.