10 WAYS TO RELIEVE STRESS NATURALLY


Posted By : Norck Sleep.

1. Passionflower
While passionflower has long been
considered a “folk remedy” for anxiety
and insomnia, a few studies have shown
that the herb may actually be comparable in
effectiveness to benzodiazepine drugs,
which are used to treat stress. Though not
proven, it is believed that passionflower
works by increasing levels of a chemical
called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in
the brain. This lowers the activity of some
brain cells, making you feel more relaxed.
Passionflower is available in a variety of
forms, including infusions, teas, liquid
extracts and tinctures. It is not
recommended for children or for women
who are pregnant or nursing. Consult your
doctor before adding it to your diet,
especially if you are taking other
medications.
2. Massage
This is kind of a no-brainer, right?
Everybody loves a massage. But did you
know that it’s been used as a stress reliever
for thousands of years? Historically, the
Chinese used massage to open blocked
energy channels in order to improve health
and Hippocrates, the “father of western
medicine,” used friction for physical healing
treatments. Today, we use massage to relax
tense muscles, reduce pain and improve
circulation, which can all do wonders for the
mind.
3. Meditation
Meditation, or mindfulness, only takes 15 to
30 minutes a day, which is possible even in
a packed schedule. It’s also incredibly
affordable, considering the only tool you
need is your own mind. Just give yourself
some silent time to let your thoughts run
free or just focus on your breathing. That
small amount of peace in your day can help
you deal with or even release stress.
4. Exercise
Whether it’s yoga, Tai Chi or running,
exercise works much in the same way as
meditation because it gives you the time to
be alone with your thoughts (or an
opportunity to let them go). However,
exercise also has the added benefit of
releasing endorphins into the brain, which
improves your mood. It also prevents
obesity and other health problems, giving
you less to be stressed about.
5. Organize your life
Organization offers a sense of control and
peace of mind, and there’s a number of
ways you can improve in this regard. If
you’re the kind of person who’s always
running around, it can help to make lists so
that you remember everything. If you’re
the kind of person who feels edgy in their
own house, tidy up. Studies have shown the
mere sight of clutter can put us on edge.
6. Eat healthy
It’s actually been proven that junk food can
make us depressed (not to mention fat) so
clean up your diet. Healthy foods like whole
grains and protein can improve your mood
and give you long-lasting energy to tackle
everything that comes your way during the
day. Foods that are especially effective for
stress-busting include blueberries, salmon
and almonds, according to scientists.
Also, put down that extra cup of coffee.
While studies have shown that some coffee
during the day can offer health benefits,
too much caffeine will make you jittery and
anxious, and eventually lead to a crash.
7. Limit Internet and cellphone use
Disconnect, disconnect, disconnect. Part of
the problem with reducing stress in today’s
world is that we are never truly able to
shield ourselves from it. By turning away
from the Internet and shutting off our
cellphones, we can at least block some of
the channels from which stress can reach
us. Doing this also allows us to live in the
moment and appreciate it.
It is particularly important to cut off
electronic use before sleep, which can cut
down on insomnia-related problems.
8. B Vitamins
B vitamins are known to promote proper
functioning of the brain and nervous
system, as well as help induce relaxation
and fight fatigue. In fact, indicators of B
deficiency include irritability, depression
and apathy, so to stave off those
symptoms, increase your intake of foods
rich in B vitamins. B vitamins are typically
found in the germ and bran of cereal grains,
as well as beans, peas, nuts, liver, eggs and
dairy products.
9. Aromatherapy
In some cases, inhaling certain scents has
been shown to have immediate stress relief
effects by raising mood, reducing anxiety
and aiding focus and concentration. Experts
say it’s because the smells can stimulate the
limbic system, which in turn releases
chemicals that affect the brain, promoting
feelings of relaxation, calmness, love and
excitement. Popular oils for stress relief and
mental fatigue include lavender, cypress
and rosemary.
10. Sleep
Sleep is the most important natural stress
reducer of them all. Too little sleep leaves us
cranky, irritable and on edge. Too much
sleep can leave us sluggish and depressed.
Try to find the right balance that allows you
to feel well-rested and ready for the day.
Promote better sleep by establishing
bedtime rituals that signal to your brain that
it’s time to fall asleep, avoid exercise in the
three hours before sleep or take a warm
bath. Certain foods can also promote sleep,
such as carbohydrates, bananas, peanuts,
figs and dairy. These contain tryptophans, a
precursor for creating melatonin. However,
avoid having a large meal close to bedtime,
because it may result in indigestion, reflux
or heartburn.StressedAccountant

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Your toothbrush may make you sick


Brushing your teeth everyday only
means adhering to the normal routine
of everyday cleaning. Experts
recommend brushing your teeth at least
twice a day.
Irrespective of age, brushing the teeth
may not seem to pose much of a
problem, as this is regarded as a daily
norm. A regular neglect of the mouth
can result in mouth odour or feeling
unhealthy.
But experts say that this is nothing
compared with being sick because you
left your brush unkempt. Your brush
could be nastier than you think.
Toothbrushes are available with
different bristle textures, sizes and
forms. Most dentists recommend using a
toothbrush labeled “soft”, since hard
bristled toothbrushes can damage tooth
enamel and irritate the gums.
Dentists recommend that you replace
your brush when necessary. But when
exactly do you need to ditch your
toothbrush? Some say after using the
brush for some time, it should be
replaced.
Whether you replace the toothbrush or
not keeping your toothbrush at the right
place will make a difference. A research
conducted at the University of
Manchester revealed that the toothbrush
is loaded with germs.
They found that one uncovered
toothbrush can harbor more than 100
million bacteria , including E. coli
bacteria , which causes diarrohea, and
staphylococci ( staph ) bacteria that
cause skin infections, however , Gayle
Mc Combs , associate Professor and
Director of Dental hygiene research
centre , said the bottom line is that there
are hundreds of bacteria in the mouth
everyday.
According to her: “The problem starts
when there is an unhealthy balance of
bacteria in the mouth, which can be
gotten through your toothbrush”.
Dentist say with the body’s natural
defenses against bacteria , immunity
for a reasonable amount of time is
guaranteed but an unchanged habit of
continuous exposure of the toothbrush
to germs may trigger some infections in
the body.
For instance, experts warn that sitting
your brush on the closet while you flush
the toilet spreads germs even on the
brush. Studies revealed that this is
because every flush sends a spray of
bacteria into the air. Experts suggest
storing the toothbrush appropriately as
a necessary step in ensuring oral health.
Here are simple toothbrush storage tips
to keep your brush germ-free as much
as possible
Keep it rinsed: Wash your toothbrush
thoroughly with tap water every time
you use it.
Keep it dry: “Bacteria love a moist
environment” experts warn, make sure
your brush has a chance to dry
thoroughly between brushings. Avoid
using toothbrush covers, which can
create a moist enclosed breeding
ground for bacteria.
Keep your toothbrush upright: Store
your toothbrush in a holder, rather than
lying it down.
Keep it yourself: No matter how close
you are to your sisters or brothers, don’t
even store your toothbrush side by side
in the same cup with their toothbrushes.
Whenever toothbrushes touch, they can
swap germs.
Don’t share toothbrush: You can avoid
cross-contamination of germs by giving
each member of the family their own
toothbrush. Using an individual travel-
size container when someone is sick is
also a good habit.
• Wash your hands before and after
brushing: Whenever your hands are
near your mouth they can transfer
bacteria. Ensuring you have clean hands
before and after brushing can help
decrease the chance of introducing new
bacteria to your mouth, the handle of
your toothbrush or others
• Replace your toothbrush every four
months: Toothbrushes wear out and
don’t clean as effectively once the
bristles become worn down. If you do
get sick, be sure to replace your
toothbrush right away.
• Never brush while flushing the toilet
Most bathrooms are small and in many
cases, the toilet is pretty close to the
bathroom sink where you keep your
toothbrush. Every toilet flush sends a
spray of bacteria to the air. And you
don’t want the toilet spray any where
near your open toothbrush. For
instance, you don’t store your plates and
glasses near your toilet, so the same for
the toothbrush, why would you want to
store your toothbrush near the toilet. It
is important to store your toothbrush as
far as possible from the toilet advised
Mc Combs.
Similarly, Dr Femi Solaja, a consultant at
the Lagos University Teaching Hospital
(LUTH), Idi- Araba, Lagos, said that
although the health implication of not
storing the toothbrush could be mild,
people are different and what may
pose a serious problem in a person’s
body may not affect the other too much.
He suggested that when travelling,
people should never leave their
toothbrushes behind. Rather, store it in a
traffic pack. He stressed “if you must
leave your brush behind, then you
should sterilize it when you return. Dr
Mathias said “you cannot overestimate
the importance of good oral hygiene not
only for dental health, but for your
overall wellbeing. In fact, not storing the
toothbrush properly and exposing them
to germs may affect the gum thereby
leading to gum disease which poses a
major risk factor for the development of
serious health conditions, including
heart disease, diabetes among others”.
According to him, choosing a right
toothbrush therefore should be based
on size. She said the best toothbrush
head should allow for easy access to all
surfaces of your teeth. She said that the
most important of all is making sure
your toothbrush is stored properly.Toothbrush_x3_20050716_002

DONIZZY’S LIFE SAVING HEALTH TIPS

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(Pls be warned!!! No matter how many times you get this message,please send it on!)
Bottled water in your car is very dangerous! On the Ellen show,Sheryl Crow said that this is what caused her breast cancer.It has been identified as the most common cause of the high level of dioxin in breast cancer tissue.
Sheryl Crow’s Oncologist told her: women should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car. The heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic of the bottle,which releases dioxin into the water.
Dioxin is a toxin increasingly found in breast cancer tissue.So dear please be carefull and do not involve your self in drinking water that has been left in a car.This tips is the kind women need to know that just might save lifes. Use a stainless steel or a glass bottle instead of a plastic! one .

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