One of the questions on my client’s intake forms is, “On a scale of 1-10, how stressed are you?” Rarely does anyone put down anything lower than a 7. Most people put 8 or higher. Stress is something we all deal with, but it’s not really the stress that is the problem (because that will always be there), it’s the ability of our body and mind to process and manage our stress.
If our bodies are functioning optimally, our stress-threshold is increased. When our stress-threshold is increased, we can handle more stress without it affecting us so negatively. If you are not eating foods that enhance your physiology and balance your cortisol levels, then you are decreasing your stress-threshold.
The stress-threshold is the maximum amount of stress that your body and mind can handle before you are in a code red/burnt-out state. This may present itself in the form of back pain, or any other bodily symptom, and even eventually lead to a disease process.
Cortisol is the stress hormone that is produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress. It keeps blood sugar high, as if the body is on high alert, ready to respond to a present danger. But if cortisol is always high, it keeps the cells starved for energy.
If you want to increase your stress-threshold, what you feed yourself is extremely important.
In the Rewild Yourself Retreat from June 22 – 29th in the heart of the Scottish Highlands you can experience yourself how healthy food will impact your mental and physical well-being. The retreat venue strives to produce all vegetables and herbes in their own greenhouses. All meals are being prepared by the private chef and are well known for being healthy, comforting and immensely tasty.
Simple dietary changes can have a dramatic impact on your mood and overall feelings of wellness. Here you can find a list of foods that should be added to your diet.
Listed below are foods that increase stress on the mind and body. These foods should be limited in your diet.
Source: NYC chiropractor Dr. L. Granirer