IG: Stress…Stressors…Physical, biochemical, emotional… there are soo many we are faced with on the daily, and regardless of what they may be, our bodies still react as if we’re being chased by a velociraptor (as seen here) It’s no joke that stressors, which amount to STRESS upon the body, wreak havoc on our health. Even the word STRESS makes me feel stressed. So what are some baseline things we can do to lessen our daily load? 1. Eat primarily organic, whole, unprocessed foods and limit or avoid gluten (ok no one wants to hear this but the latest research shows that the human body views gluten as a PATHOGEN, aka foreign attacker, regardless of whether you are diagnosed celiac or gluten-sensitive) 2. Prioritize sleep like it’s your job. Sleeping is the most underrated health-promoting act. 3. Move your body daily. Wanna add in some weight bearing exercises? Great. But even just moving your body as much as possible will do you a LOT of good. Walk as much as you can. 4. PLAY. Do you play? This is another element of health and an anti-stress practice that we often overlook. Play is different to each person based on what you like, so this is one you’ll have to figure out yourself, but a little play can go a long way. 5. Talk to someone. A friend, a family member, someone you trust. But be honest and open. We all feel and don’t talk about it enough. Acknowledge your emotions, validate them, share them, and then let them go. Don’t hold them in and stomp them down into dirty little feeling balls like so many of us do. Then hug, that’s key. If you do these 5 things, I guarantee you’ll reduce your biochemical, physical and emotional stress load and be a happier, healthier human. Tell me, what habits or practices help you reduce stress?

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Laura Franklin, CNP, FMCHC

Laura Franklin, CNP, FMCHC

Functional Medicine Health Coach & Holistic Nutritionist at Health Upgraded
Laura Franklin is the owner of Fresh & Frank Wellness and curator of freshandfrank.com.
She is here to preach what she practices and help you to prepare amazing whole food meals from scratch, grow your own organic food and optimize your lifestyle and environment to promote the most vibrant, glowing and energetic you.
Laura is currently based in Dundas, Ontario, Canada but works remotely with people from all over the world!
Laura Franklin, CNP, FMCHC

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