According to a recent study conducted by the American Psychological Association, nearly 8 out of every 10 Americans experience prolonged stress that can have a harmful impact on their health.
In fact, research shows that chronic stress is linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and even inflammation.
And because we’re currently going through one of the most stressful times in recent memory, the OmniVista Health Learning team believed it was imperative to create the Ultimate Stress Relief Protocol.
This new protocol is a collection of the most effective drug-free solutions for conquering stress, compiled by both Dr. Fred Pescatore and Dr. Marc Micozzi—two leading experts in the natural health field.
Today, I’m going to share with you a few tips straight out of this groundbreaking protocol so you can defuse your stress and live a healthier life.
Try this alkaline anti-stress secret
Your dinner table is an ideal place to begin stress reduction. And for Dr. Micozzi, the advice couldn’t be any simpler: Follow a Mediterranean-based diet.
He says, “Consisting of proteins, extra-virgin olive oil, full-fat cheeses, fresh produce, nuts, whole grains and red wine, the Mediterranean diet has been shown to help reduce inflammation.”
Inflammation reduction is a key point.
That’s because stress fuels chronic inflammation, which just adds to the stress you’re already experiencing. But you can stop the dangerous stress-inflammation cycle by incorporating more Mediterranean foods into your diet.
And Dr. Micozzi points out that the closer you follow a Mediterranean diet, you’ll also consume fewer foods items that ignite inflammation like carbs and sugar.
Dr. Pescatore also has a dietary tip: Bulk up on alkaline foods—such as vegetables and fruits—which reduces stress and inflammation.
He notes that your body’s pH level goes hand-in-hand with inflammation—the more inflammation, the more acidic your body’s pH level will be. But when you eat healthy foods that balance your acidity and alkalinity, your body maximizes the functioning of all your systems.
In the Ultimate Stress Relief Protocol, Dr. Pescatore provides a detailed list of alkaline foods to put on your grocery list (such as broccoli, eggs, and almonds), and acidic foods to go light on (like spinach, corn, and cottage cheese).
Two supplements that promote relaxation
Both Dr. Micozzi and Dr. Pescatore provide more than a dozen suggestions for stress-busting dietary supplements. But it’s no surprise that they both highly recommend a daily dose of fish oil…
The omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) in fish oil are the most essential elements for preventing and reversing a wide range of stress-related conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Their general recommended dosage: 3,000 mg of combined EPA/DHA.
Another standout stress-reliever is Melissa officinalis, commonly known as lemon balm. This extract helps soothe anxiety, promotes relaxation, and even boosts overall cognitive strength. Dr. Pescatore recommends 300 mg daily.
How to tell which mind-body therapy will work for you
And finally, a few simple lifestyle modifications can take the edge off day-to-day anxieties.
Number one: Get a good night’s sleep.
Sleep is a commonly underrated health issue, but it’s vitally important for keeping stress in check.
The sweet spot for optimal health is 7 to 8 hours, but if you have trouble achieving that, you’ll find several effective strategies (such as addressing adrenal fatigue) in the Ultimate Stress Relief Protocol.
Mind-body therapies like hypnosis, relaxation, biofeedback, acupuncture, and yoga can also work wonders to reduce stress and inflammation. To help you take the guesswork out of which of these specific mind-body therapies might work best for you, Dr. Micozzi has included his Emotional Type Quiz in the protocol.
Click here to enroll in this indispensable protocol, or to learn more about the multiple strategies Dr. Pescatore and Dr. Micozzi have carefully chosen to help you overcome stress and anxiety.