Essential practices that reduce stress levels
1. Regular Quality Sleep
You should aim to get 7 – 9 hours sleep every night. This is very important. If you can do that persistently it will help reduce stress levels. This is also very important for your health. Your cells regenerate at night time. If you don’t give your body time to regenerate while you sleep, you will age faster. Furthermore your body cleanses itself at night while you’re sleeping. If you don’t get enough sleep your digestive system will become sluggish and your body will be less capable of absorbing nutrients.
Research conducted by Dr. Van Cauter, a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, found that:
metabolic and endocrine changes resulting from a significant sleep debt mimic many of the hallmarks of ageing. We suspect that chronic sleep loss may not only hasten the onset but could also increase the severity of age-related ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and memory loss -(Van Cauter, 1999)
It goes without saying you should be doing exercise. But not just any old exercise. You must exercise when you feel frustrated, angry or worked up whenever possible. These feelings are interlinked with hormone production that makes you want to release energy and stress. The hormones are used by the body to improve athletic performance (to help you survive) and also to help attract members of the opposite sex, by making men more manly and aggressive (caused by elevated testosterone).
You may be experiencing varying levels of both of these causes of excess hormone levels. Either way the result is the same. However if you do not act on the impulses your body and mind are giving you, the excess hormones must be processed and eliminated by the body, and you know what that means. It’s essential that you do at least twenty minutes of sustained, heavy exercise, three times a week. Remember though, the more you exercise, the more nutrients you will need to consume – particularly protein and B vitamins. Furthermore, be sure to replace water lost from sweating in order to keep yourself well hydrated.
3. Foods you can eat to help reduce stress
There are foods that you can and should be eating that will help regulate your mood and keep you calm. Most importantly EFAs and B vitamins. Make sure you’re consuming your EFAs and cofactors every day – this will help replenish nutrients lost dues to stress and the EFAs will help you stay calm.
Conclusion to step 9
Stress may well be the single most significant factor in hair loss for millions of people worldwide. It contributes to hormonal imbalance and nutrient depletion. It impedes circulation to the extremities because the body directs blood flow to the organs where it is needed more and because muscles are tense. This has a major negative impact on sleep patterns, which has a knock on effect on your health and leads to another vicious cycle, impacting your stress levels negatively.
When you observe people with good thick hair and people with thin or no hair, you will find there are often no differences between their diets or the hair grooming methods. The only differences between them are in their minds and in their hormones. The two are significantly interlinked. Of course stress levels also have an influence on nutrient depletion and circulation, which increases the chances of hair loss.
Stress can cause hormonal imbalance and hormonal imbalance will lead to a tendency to react badly to stress. For many hair loss sufferers, only by solving the problems in the mind can you truly stop hair loss. But you can help your mind (and mood) by improving the functioning of your body. The most important thing is to make sure you are a calm, relaxed individual who copes well with stress and pressure. Additionally, you will need to give your mind and hormonal system all the help it can get by maximising the efficiency of your body’s processes of hormonal elimination – this is achieved by cleansing the liver.
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