The holiday season can bring stress for a variety of reasons: traveling, preparing for the traditional gatherings, shopping and more. Now, after the holidays we sometimes feel the after effects of all the stress we were under during that special season. Many chemical, physical and emotional factors may take us out of balance and negatively affect the nervous system’s communication between the brain and body. The body provides signs when it is out of balance, telling us that we need to reevaluate stressors and take action to correct the imbalances. These signs include trouble concentrating, with or without agitation or anxiety; slow recovery from minor illnesses such as colds or allergies; difficulty sleeping; poor balance and coordination; fatigue when waking or feeling generally sluggish.
The human body has the remarkable capacity to heal and regenerate itself when it is functioning properly. Here are some tips that will put us back on the track toward health.
Eat well. Buy high-quality organic fruits and vegetables. Pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals used in conventional agricultural methods have been linked to abnormalities in behavior, perception and motor ability, especially during early childhood, according to studies published in Pediatrics and the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health.
Take probiotics. Consuming quality probiotics colonizes the gut with bacteria needed for proper digestive health, which impacts overall health, as well as the body’s ability to produce certain vitamins and hormones. According to a study published in the Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, the probiotic known as Bifidobacterium longum has been shown to help normalize anxious behavior in mice with infectious colitis. Separate research also found the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus had a marked effect on an important neurotransmitter, resulting in a reduction of behaviors characteristic of anxiety and depression.
Visit an allied health practitioner. Chiropractic adjustments enable the body to function at its fullest potential by removing nerve interferences and improving the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and homeopathy can also assist with health challenges.
Get plenty of sleep. The body will not function or heal properly without adequate rest. Among other problems, sleep deficiency may weaken the immune system, advises the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Exercise. Simply walking, cycling or playing in the garden is beneficial. According to the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association, regular exercise improves mood, motor ability and heart and lung function, and supports weight control. A 2011 study published in the International Journal of Impotence Resources also found that regular exercise could improve a couple’s intimacy.
*This information should not be taken as a medical advice, please consult a health professional.
Chiropractic doctor, Yasellyn Diaz-Vega practices with her husband Edwin Vega Jr. D.C.
at 1732 E. Ridge Rd., in Irondequoit, NY. For more information, call 585-266-2782 or visit www.vegachiropracticwellness.com