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My Favorite Ways To Reduce Stress

My Favorite Ways To Reduce Stress

I read a good article today that I thought I would elaborate on.  I see so many people walking around in today’s world in a constant state of stress and anxiety.  I think it’s so important to be able to find peace in life so I’ll share a few of my personal favorite techniques.

 

meditating by the ocean

Meditation:  So many people think that meditation is difficult, but I always found it to be easy.  The key is all in the breathing.  Just focus 100% of your energy on breathing as deeply.  Start by inhaling deeply through your nose, feeling the air rush through your body.  Then repeat by exhaling slowly through your mouth.  The whole time think positive thoughts about yourself and you should start to feel calm and relaxed.

 

friends telling jokes

Laughing:  Learning to laugh more is a highly underutilized technique to turn a  bad situation into a funny one!  I do it all the time and have never felt happier.  You can watch a funny youtube video, go to a comedy club or just have some friends over for wine and tell jokes:)

 

exercise helps mood

Exercise:  Yes exercise, obvious right?  Just because it’s obvious doesn’t mean it isn’t highly effective.  So it’s time to get off your butt and stop procrastinating!  Exercise has so many health benefits, too many to list here but I just had to mention it as it’s so powerful.

 

how to be more grateful

Be Grateful:  If you’re reading this right now then you’re very fortunate.  There are people in third world countries struggling to get by that don’t even know where they’re next meal is coming from.  Keeping a journal is a great way to focus on the positive things in life and keep out the negative.  What I personally do is write down everything positive that happened during the day and then review it at the end of the day and more often than not the positive things outshine the negative by a ton!

These are just a few of my favorites.  Now it’s time to implement them!

The Best Fermented Foods

The Best Fermented Foods

What are fermented foods?

Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation. This is when natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food as well as creating beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics.

 

 

kombucha

Kombucha: Kombucha is a drink that I love to consume regularly. It’s fizzy and tart and has all the right combinations to satisfy my thirst. I wish that bars served kombucha, as it would be a healthier alternative to a lot of sugary mixed drinks.

Besides its great taste, kombucha also has many health benefits that include: detoxification of the liver, joint aid, improved digestion and gut health and boosted immunity.  Studies have shown that kombucha benefits cancer as well as fights off E. coli and staph bacteria in the digestive tract.

 

 

pickles

Pickles: Pickles are one of my favorite foods because of their crispy sour taste and the fact that they can be used in many different dishes and recipes!

According to the NSDA pickles not only contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals but also have many health benefits such as: free radical scavenging from antioxidants, aiding digestion, liver protection, reducing ulcers, diabetes control and more!

 

 

Sauerkraut1

Sauerkraut: Sauerkraut is another tasty fermented food that can be used in a variety of dishes.  When you buy sauerkraut make sure that it is the unpasteurized  variety (unless you are pregnant) because pasteurization kills all the healthy cultures that are present.

The health benefits of sauerkraut are numerous and include: boosted circulation, increased energy, reduced cholesterol levels, eliminated inflammation, protection against cancer, improved vision and more!

 

 

tempeh

Tempeh: Tempeh is in my opinion the best alternative to tofu.   It is made from soybeans and contains amino acids as well as a lot of probiotics, making it an excellent plant based protein!

The health benefits are also numerous.  Tempeh has been shown to improve cardiovascular health and lower blood fat levels.  It can also help to prevent cancer!

 

 

miso

Miso: Miso is known to add a lot of flavor to many recipes.  It does have high levels of sodium but is perfectly good when used in moderation.

Miso helps digestion and gut health because it is full of friendly microflora which is bacteria that is beneficial to the intestines.  Immunity is also increased by this bacteria.  Miso has also been shown to have anti aging benefits and has been used widely in Japan and China for centuries because of this.  It is important to choose unpasteurized miso (unless pregnant) because all the beneficial bacteria is killed off by the heat in pasteurization.

 

 

In Conclusion

These are just a few of the many wonderful fermented foods out there.  Not only are fermented foods healthy but they make a great addition to many recipes.  Give them a try and you won’t be disappointed!