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Making stress history

The vast majority of people in industrialized countries are likely to experience stress at some time in their lives. And for people trying to balance demanding jobs, young children, maybe aging parents and ambitious life goals, stress is probably unavoidable. But it should be possible to mitigate the effects of stress and the physical symptoms it causes – like sleeplessness, inability to concentrate, exhaustion and digestive problems. The weather often doesn't help; heat usually causes more problems than cold. But there are a lot of solutions out there. Among them are natural soothing remedies such as high-quality teas and freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices, which are the easiest forms for your body to absorb.

Three sleep-inducing herbs

St John's wort, valerian and hops help you to switch off in the evening before you go to bed. They gently block those worries about tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, next week and next year that sometimes go round and round in your head. You can buy teas containing the separate herbs in pharmacies and health food shops. Alternatively choose one of the carefully balanced combinations of soothing herbs, sold as "sleep and nerve" or "soothing" teas. These same sources also offer St John's wort and valerian as pressed juices. These herbs are pressed immediately after harvesting ensuring that they contain the whole spectrum of anti-stress substances. These highly effective juices do tend to taste bitter, so they are best mixed with fruit or vegetable juice.

Teas for diarhorrea

In some people, stress results in digestive problems like nausea, stomach aches and diarrhoea. There are teas that can help here too, for example, a special diarrhoea tea or a milder digestive tea. It also helps to avoid eating foods that are too fatty, heavy and spicy which overload or irritate your digestive system.

Make sure you eat enough fruit and vegetables

As a general rule, if you're feeling stressed, it's important to eat a balanced diet and especially generous amounts of fruit and vegetables. They contain important substances that boost your immune system so that you can better withstand stress.

Preventing burn-out

Stress-related exhaustion is a familiar state for everyone now and again. But if exhaustion is your "normal" state, then it can indicate that you are suffering from excessive stress and overload. Then it's time to listen to your body and change down a gear. Pure oat grass juice could prove helpful, while teas made with lavender or mistletoe also have a reputation for helping to prevent burn-out. Mistletoe stimulates your circulation and keeps you fit. Lavender is soothing and relaxing, its bewitching perfume is pure relaxation for your body.

Fit and relaxed with manuka honey

Some people believe that manuka honey from New Zealand is a healthy stress killer. Its natural sugar content is important for the formation of the sleep hormone melatonin. A teaspoon of manuka honey stirred into a mug of hot herbal tea or hot milk in the evening will relax you and make it easier to fall asleep. In contrast to other honeys, manuka honey contains a lot of methylglyoxal (MGO). This substance helps to stabilize your immune system. Your body and its processes stay fit and resilient so that stress will not stress you out.

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