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May 23, 2018

How Water Can Wash Away Stress

Everyone deals with the stresses of daily life in different ways. Some reach for medicine and others opt for holistic treatments like yoga and exercise. However, there might be an easier way to go about reducing stress that you’re already doing to some extent. Today we’re taking a second to learn more about how drinking water can help alleviate stress.

The human body is amazingly resilient and yet requires a very delicate intake of nutrients to remain in balance. It’s no secret that water tops the list in terms of importance to your body. When your body lacks proper hydration it releases stress hormones such as cortisone. When this hormone is released, it can cause a laundry list of side effects such as fatigue, nausea, headache and increased heart rate. Many of the same side effects caused by general stress.

This cycle between the side effects of dehydration and stress can be a vicious one. With stress causing dehydration and dehydration causing stress, it can be hard to determine which came first. That’s why it’s always a good idea to remain hydrated preemptively, especially if you’re preparing for a stressful day or time.

There’s no doubt that water is one of the best ways to alleviate stress, but for many people staying hydrated simply isn’t enough. We suggest combining proper hydration with some of these natural stress relieving tactics.

Stretch Your Stress Away

This ancient excerise technique has long been lauded for it’s calming nature and stress relieving benefits. There are poses that are appropriate for yoga practioners of all experience levels and capabilities, with many of the benefits coming from mental relaxation just as much as body relaxation. If you don’t believe us, check out this pose, named Savasana. Though basic in physical nature, it requires complete mental relaxation, which can be tougher than you think.

Eat Your Stress Away

There are plenty of foods that boast stress relieving attriubutes, but a couple of our favorites are both delicious and packed with the necessary nutrients to keep the side effects of stress at bay. Both asparagus and avocado are great to add to a salad but with asparagus being high in folate and avocados high in glutathione, they’re excellent if you’re looking to relax.

Looking for something a little more sweet? Reach for sensible portions of dark chocolate or blueberries. When your body stresses it can cause physical damage, that’s why the vitamin C found in blueberries is so important, it helps repair damaged cells. Dark chocolate works wonders by reducing the amount of the afformentioned hormone, cortisone.

Run Away from Your Stress

Completing our quartet of all-natural stress relief tactics is running! Although the following is true of most workouts, running is a simple and overall less strenuous work out that can really destress your day. When you excerise, your body releases endorphins which are often referred to as “feel-good neurotransmitters.” That means there really is some meaning behind the phrase “runner’s high.”