Understanding the nature of stress is the key to stress control.
The effectiveness of any therapy, including progesterone therapy, will be assisted or compromised by good or bad nutrition. Of all the environmental poisons bad food is the easiest to avoid.
The human organism responds to poisons in the the same way as it does to any stress - it shows symptoms of disease.
The first rule of good nutrition therefore is to avoid bad food, the second is to consume good food. Western society in particular is largely guilty of ignoring this trite observation.
The following is a broad guide to good nutrition presented to assist those seeking to recover from disease, avoid disease, pursue good health and improve stress control.
But first, read this clear definition of stress by Nobel Laureate Dr Hans Selye.
There are some 50 nutrients essential for optimum health and improved stress control, these are:
In addition the body needs:
If any one of these is missing death will follow and if any are in short supply the body will be stressed and start to degenerate.
To improve stress control it is essential to boost the immune system and to control blood sugar levels.
This is a measure of how slowly or quickly a food raises your blood sugar level. The faster the release the more dangerous to the body, glucose being rated 100. Choose foods that fall below the 50 mark.
All green leafy vegetables and brocolli, cauliflower etc are below 50 on the Glycaemic Index.
For people who are hypoglycemic it is essential to combine protein rich foods with slow release carbohydrates and high fibre foods. This helps to control blood sugar levels. It is also essential to eat every three to four hours to prevent a sudden drop in the blood sugar.
Low blood sugar is associated with tiredness, irritability, hot flushes, excess weight and cravings for sweet foods, alcohol or stimulants such as coffee or tea. Eating slowly metabolised carbohydrates improves health and lowers both excess weight and unwanted blood fats by controlling insulin release. The more insulin the body produces, the more sugar is converted into fat. Over time the pancreas produces less and less insulin in response to continuous high blood sugar. This ultimately leads to diabetes. High blood sugar also damages the arteries, leading to cardiovascular disease, it can also affect the eyes, kidneys and nerves.
Get details on Insulin Resistance here (a new page will open)
Research has found that estrogen disturbs thyroid activity, which tends to slow metabolism, it is involved in the deposition of fat in humans and it also disturbs blood sugar balance causing hypoglycemia. Progesterone can redress this imbalance. Hypoglycemia is particularly noticeable in women just before menstruation when the progesterone level drops in relation to the estrogen level, causing many of them to experience a sudden increase in appetite.
Unfortunately there is not a corresponding drop in appetite after the period has started. What this means is that there will be a slow increase of weight over the following months and years. Women, who have far higher levels of estrogen than men, have an 80% chance of being hypoglycemic.
This is one of the reasons why women have such difficulty in losing weight. It also explains 'puppy fat' at puberty and 'middle aged spread' at menopause, both times in a woman's life when she experiences estrogen dominance.
It can take two years after her first menstruation before an adolescent ovulates and starts making quantities of progesterone to counteract the estrogen. During the 5 to 10 years prior to menopause a womans' progesterone levels are declining but she is still making normal amount of estrogen. It is therefore essential during these two periods in a womans' life that she helps herself by taking all the nutrients listed above and by following the Glycaemic Diet to control blood sugar and by balancing her progesterone and estrogen levels.
Here's a cardinal rule of improved stress control... "do not over eat".
Stress control also benefits from drinking filtered water only. To calculate your approximate requirements, divide your weight in kilograms by 30 (or weight in pounds by 40) to obtain your daily water needs in litres (or pints).
Exercise is a vital part of any stress control program. A recommended minimum requirement is 20 minutes per day. The program should include stretching, aerobic and resistance work. The last is especially important for osteoporosis.
Here's a final message on stress control from an unknown author. Its perhaps as valuable as any information on this page in helping to control stress...
"A lecturer, when explaining stress control to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "how heavy is this glass of water?" Answers ranged from 20g to 500g.
The lecturer replied...
"The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. "In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
"And that's the way it is with stress control. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on." "As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax, pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!"
And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life...
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