The #1 Barrier to Healing and Recovery is Chronic Stress – Fight or Flight Mode

The biggest barrier to recovery and healing is stress – the activation of the flight or fight mechanism.  It is called the sympathetic nervous system.  When you are in sympathetic dominance, you have high levels of cortisol and high levels of adrenaline. Both are produced by the adrenal gland.

Why does stress trigger the fight-or-flight mechanism?

The activation of the sympathetic nervous system and the activation of cortisol was not designed to go more than 90 seconds. The problem is nowadays it is on all day long.  Our environment, our life, is filled with things that keep us in stress mode. When the body is in flight-or-fight, it is preparing for emergency survival, running away from something or fighting. You will not heal a hundred percent if you are in this mode.

Symptoms of chronic stress and fight-or-flight mode

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How to Relieve Stress

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 Dr. Berg talks about the 8 ways to relieve stress.

  1. Walking outdoors(lots of oxygen, low stress) vs. high-intensity with no oxygen type exercise.
  2. Vitamin B1– One teaspoon of nutritional yeast everyday to reduce internal stress.
  3. Nutrition:Herbal Adapatogens such as ashwagandha and holy basil. They help you increase your tolerance to stress and increase your ability to adapt to stress.

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  1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)– helps you absorb minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium.
  1. Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium are the 3 top minerals for lowering stress. ACV helps you absorb these minerals that are calming.

Supporting your stomach acid with ACV allows you to absorb physiological tranquilizers found in the leafy greens, which are important for relaxing the muscles.

  1. Acupressure:

There’s three different parts of your body that you can tap into to extract stress.

  1. The upper part of the neck will pull a lot of stress.
  2. The adrenal area, which is in your abdomen.
  3. Your mid-back the location of the flight or fight mechanism is called the sympathetic nervous system.

If you work on all three you pull a lot of stress out. You can do them right before bed. Here is a search links:

For example, How To Do Acupressure

  1. Breathing exercises:

If you notice yourself in state of stress you’ll notice light breathing, you are almost holding your breath. To relax, slow down your breathing, breathe in count to five very slowly and then breathe out counting to five.

The key is the exhalation. Slowing down your exhalation indirectly causes your nervous system adrenals to chill out.  If you’re trying to go to bed you can focus on your breathing.

Here is a link for the breathing exercise

8: Ketosis:

Ketosis is the state of fat-burning. It’s a low stress activity for the brain and the cells. It’s a more efficient fuel source for the metabolism. Dr. Berg likes to combine this with intermittent fasting because this takes the stress way down. You actually no longer run your body on blood sugar so you don’t have the ups and downs.  You can imagine how much stress comes with your high sugar or low sugar. If we could run your body on fat fuel it’s much better for the brain. It’s much better for your energy and your nervous system and to lower stress.

Here’s a free course:

Please try these eight keys to reduce stress.

Dr. Berg is a chiropractor, who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg’s Nutritionals.

This post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s, How to Relieve Stress. Here is the link

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