Stress Is More Foe Than Friend How to Fight It

 

While stress can be turned into good if it can be controlled for benefit and improve your drive, focus and results, there is a larger negative toll.

In moments of stress our bodies work harder and sometimes, smarter. We are wired to release more hormones to temporarily increase blood pressure and heart rate when confronted with a challenge to make what could be life saving decisions.

Chronic stress is linked to many health issues including weakened immune system and depression. Fortunately, there are physical and mental ways to help manage stress from breathing and meditation, but also diet and natural foods help to strengthen the body's ability to handle stress. Within the Treatmo marketplace many food makers have crafted healthy (and tasty) options to help you stay in balance.

If you've ever felt your stomach turn before a presentation or your heart rate increase in a heated conversation also be aware that stress is creeping up on you. It can cause outbursts, rash decisions, and it's worse for your body than you think. 

According to the American Psychology Association, our stress response is traced back to our ancient ancestors when in the face of a confrontation in the wild. When fighting or fleeing, the body has to respond quickly. Stress is responsible for what happens next. But if you're in a regular state of fighting and fleeing, your body is continuously producing stress hormones to increase blood pressure and heart rate. Over long term that has negative impacts on your health.

The short and long term impact means sleeplessness, hair loss, weight gain or loss, sluggishness, lack of focus, poor decision making, and even bad breath or skin. Stress links to every function of the body, including digestion. When it's out of control and at its worst it can lead to weakened heart, poor immune response, depression and illness.

While having to deal with stress is inevitable whether someone takes your cab or parking spot, or jumps into the last open spot on the subway ahead of you, or gets the job you've been working really hard for, it's how you manage it that matters most to health. It's not always easy.

However, often neglected in the discussion of stress management is diet. When you have a balanced diet or are eating whole and minimally processed food (fewer unnatural ingredients and more natural, local food--fresh from the farm), your body receives more nutrition and vitamins to fight inflammation, improve digestion and recover faster. 

A few food and drink makers have realized from their own personal experiences that eating well contributes to lower stress and better stress management and improved health.

Cocorau, New York Made

  Cocorau  healthy snack bites are made of almond, cacao, matcha and other nutritive and adaptogenic foods. Their elixirs of mushrooms and stress reducing plants and minerals. All are Whole 30 with no refined sugar and all natural ingredients.   Checkout with shipping from their store on Treatmo.

Cocorau healthy snack bites are made of almond, cacao, matcha and other nutritive and adaptogenic foods. Their elixirs of mushrooms and stress reducing plants and minerals. All are Whole 30 with no refined sugar and all natural ingredients.

Checkout with shipping from their store on Treatmo.

Lulitonix, New York Made

 Crafting foods to specifically reduce stress and support cognitive function and health, Lulitonix green blends are filled with less common, but highly potent foods to target holistic health.   Checkout with delivery in New York City from their Treatmo store. 

Crafting foods to specifically reduce stress and support cognitive function and health, Lulitonix green blends are filled with less common, but highly potent foods to target holistic health.

Checkout with delivery in New York City from their Treatmo store. 

Boom Juice, Dallas Made

 A Dallas favorite, Boom Juice focuses on food that improves your health from the inside out. Organic matcha with almond milk helps reduce stress and inflammation.   Checkout from their store on Treatmo using delivery in Dallas / Fort Worth Area.

A Dallas favorite, Boom Juice focuses on food that improves your health from the inside out. Organic matcha with almond milk helps reduce stress and inflammation.

Checkout from their store on Treatmo using delivery in Dallas / Fort Worth Area.

Juicery Kitchen, New York Made

  Juicery Kitchen  macrobiotic organic food is filled with nutrition, is low in sodium and specifically intended to restore and nourish for long term health.   Pay conveniently from your mobile phone with Treatmo and share experiences with your friends from the in app chat.

Juicery Kitchen macrobiotic organic food is filled with nutrition, is low in sodium and specifically intended to restore and nourish for long term health.

Pay conveniently from your mobile phone with Treatmo and share experiences with your friends from the in app chat.

TruEnergy, Boston Made

  TruEnergy , designed by an athlete for athletes, is a healthier alternative to energy and sports shots. With green tea, maple syrup, coconut water and electrolytes, TruEnergy is infused with natural ingredients to support your body and quick recovery for better performance.   Order for shipping from the TruEnergy store on Treatmo.

TruEnergy, designed by an athlete for athletes, is a healthier alternative to energy and sports shots. With green tea, maple syrup, coconut water and electrolytes, TruEnergy is infused with natural ingredients to support your body and quick recovery for better performance.

Order for shipping from the TruEnergy store on Treatmo.

Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories.
— Abraham Lincoln, December 1, 1862, Congress

Staying in top form in the face of constant pressure, means giving some attention to diet too. Eating well starts on Treatmo. Checkout what local food makers and farms have to offer. Order or gift through the iOS app and come back to chat. See how it works.