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Tips for preventing stress

Have you ever felt your heart beat faster than normal, an uncontrollable shaky feeling, hot and cold at once, sick to your stomach, and an unbearable amount of worries…

Chances are you live a fast-paced life or deal with a lot of stress. Stress is a normal part of life but too much can be dangerous for your health.¬† A great amount of stress can weaken your immune system, fill you with rage, and make you a victim of anxiety. Anxiety is a source of fear. Life is pretty stressful and some anxiety is not a bad thing for most people. But when it gets overwhelming it can become a problem that might affect your mood, health, and even prevent you from doing everyday things. Stress that’s not dealt with correctly can lead to chronic stress, which will definitely take a toll on your body and overall health.

There are many things you can do to prevent stress from taking over your life…

1. Breathe.

Sometimes you just have to stop worrying about the world and take a moment to breathe. Take 5 minutes a day to close your eyes, inhale deep through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Deep breaths send oxygen to your brain and cause a relaxed feeling throughout your body.

2. Vent.

Find someone you feel comfortable talking with whether it’s a family member, a friend or life partner and just let it all out. Sometimes talking about whatever your source of stress is can be enough to stop worrying and move past it. Sometimes people hate sharing their worries or fears with others so they hire someone to listen, that’s why therapists are still in business.

3. Meditate.

Meditation is pretty much a way to stop concentrating so much about everyday situations you can’t control and let positive energy flow through your body. It takes great practice to completely clear your mind and let energy flow, but there’s many websites and resources to help you out. Yoga is also great technique to help with breathing and concentration.

4. Go for a run.

Exercise helps reduce your blood pressure, which can become elevated with overwhelming stress. Your heart is a muscle, when you workout your heart needs to pump blood faster to help increase your oxygen intake. Not eating too much sugar and processed food can also help reduce stress.

5. Be thankful.

If you’re dealing with a lot of stress at work, school or any situation it might be difficult to slow down and forget your stress factors. It’s a good tip to think of at least one thing your thankful for every day. Being alive is something no one should take for granted. It also helps to realize there’s well over six billion people populating our earth, which means there’s someone out there with worse problems than your own…

Got any tips for dealing with stress you’d like to share? Comment below ūüôā

Heart healthy juice

Try the following recipe for a healthy juice that’s actually pretty tasty!
you will need the following:
-2 stalks of celery
-1 apple
-3 carrots
-1/2 garlic clove
-Pinch of flax seed (optional)
-Juicer
I own and recommend¬†Jack Lalanne’s Power Juicer since it’s stainless steel, easy to clean, and¬†not too noisy.
Preparation:
1.  Wash and cut celery, apple, carrots, and garlic.
2. Make sure pieces aren’t too big and put ¬†through juicer. ( read manual to operate juicer.)
3. Place cup below juicer spout and stir in a pinch of flax seed.
4. Enjoy a crisp and refreshing drink !

Why sushi is healthy for you

Sushi may keep your heart healthy and lower your cholesterol.

Fish is a great source of protein and contains a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids which are good to keep your cholesterol in check and  a good source of fat. Sushi is a traditional Japanese dish, which has gained much popularity throughout the world. Sushi is prepared in different styles either in rolls or as in Sashimi , thinly sliced raw fish. Below is a mouth-watering picture of an Unagi roll, which is a roll topped with broiled freshwater eel.

Sushi is healthy for you in moderation.

Recent studies have linked certain  fish to have a high mercury count, especially if eaten frequently as in this article. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/18/high-mercury-count-how-it_n_152167.html

If eaten once¬†every¬†week you’d be getting a good source of protein and calcium. Sushi rolls also have a good amount of vitamins and help your digestive system. As with other meals, moderation is always the key. Seaweed used in sushi is also high in protein and calcium. Rice is high in fiber and minerals. Most of the ingredients used to make traditional sushi rolls are natural, such as avocado, ginger, carrots, asparagus, cucumber and tofu.

Fish is one of the best ways to get protein in your diet.

Eating a meal rich in protein is a good idea after a vigorous workout to refuel your body. Protein also prevents certain health issues like kidney problems, arthritis, and osteoporosis.

Want to make your own sushi? Check out this¬†Sushi Chef Sushi Making Kit and give it a try ūüôā