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Stress and cancer

Stress is a daily part of our lives. How we handle that stress can have an impact on our health. The body responds to physical, mental, or emotional pressure by releasing stress hormones that increase the blood pressure, heart rate and raise blood sugar levels. Research has shown that people who experience intense and long-term chronic stress can have digestive problems, fertility problems, urinary problems, and a weakened immune system. They are also more prone to viral infections such as the flu or common cold, have headaches, sleep disturbances, and may suffer from depression and anxiety.

Our immune system is constantly protecting us from viruses that can cause cancer. If our immune system is weakened or suppressed from continuous harmful stress hormones, precancerous and cancer cells and cancer-causing viruses are able to wreak havoc and eventually lead to the development of uncontrolled cancer cell growth.

As your psychological state can have an impact on cancer, stress reduction is a key part of an anticancer management program. Some tips for managing stress are:

  • Learning to relax
  • Practice meditation or yoga
  • Deep breathing
  • Exercise
  • Indulge in a relaxing hobby such as therapy colouring books, reading, writing, crafting, painting, music
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Talk to a professional
  • Join a support group
  • Address and resolve emotional traumas as quickly as possible. Keeping emotions in builds up unnecessary stress in the body.
  • Eat more healing essential fatty acid foods such as:
    • Fatty fish such as sardines, herring, salmon, shrimp, cod, and tuna
    • Grass fed beef and bison
    • Grass fed butter
    • Flaxseeds
    • Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy, and winter squash
    • Lean beef
    • Spinach, kale, leafy greens, romaine lettuce, and fresh basil
    • Walnuts

I am convinced that the mind and body are connected. So when fighting cancer I believe they both need to be addressed which could be more effective than just treating the body alone. For the sake of your future health treating your emotions should become an essential part of optimal health.

“Today I will breathe deeply and go slowly.”

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