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Reduce Your Stress to Beat Illness

“95 percent of all illness is caused or worsened by stress.”  Says Dr. Mark Hyman, a family physician,  New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader in his field.   What can you do to relax, especially as we head into a hectic holiday season?  Here are his tips in a nutshell:

  1. Rule out biological causes of stress, such as a magnesium or vitamin B12 deficiency, chemical pollutants, or a gluten allergy.
  2. Relax while being physically active. Try walking.
  3. Learn something new – especially something enjoyable and relaxing such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, biofeedback, and progressive muscle relaxation or take a hot bath, make love, get a massage, watch a sunset, or walk in the woods or on the beach.
  4. Exercise!  It burns off stress.
  5. Clean up your diet.  Reduce caffeine and sugar and eat regular, small meals.
  6. Take a multivitamin.
  7. Try herbs that improve your response to stress such as ginseng, Rhodiola rosea, Siberian ginseng, cordyceps, and ashwagandha.
  8. Take a hot bath or a sauna to help your body deeply relax.
  9. Consider how your attitudes add to your stress.
  10. Find people who help you feel supported.