Chemical stress, also sometimes known as nutritional stress, is a type of stress many people overlook. Chemical stress refers to internal and external toxins of the body. Smoking, drinking, inhaled pollution, unhealthy (preservative or additive) foods, and drug use are all examples of chemical stressors.
One of the most common chemical stressors is food, because the effects are not immediately felt like smoking, drinking, or drugs. Pesticides and herbicides often poison foods, especially in the United States, and slowly and quietly accumulate in the body.
Signs of chemical stress include, but are not limited to:
- Heart Disease
- Skin Conditions
- Food Intolerances
Many people believe that only illegal drugs can cause chemical stress, but that is not true. All medication will stress your body to some degree, so it is wise to limit the drugs you ingest whenever possible. Chemical stress wreaks havoc on your brain, organs, bloodstream, and more.
How to Reduce Chemical Stress at Home
If you want to reduce the amount of chemical stress your body is under, make the following lifestyle changes:
Eat whole, healthy, organic foods.
If you can avoid foods with additives, artificial dyes, and preservatives added, that is very good. It is even better to cut out foods grown by or in contact with pesticides and herbicides.
Breathe Clean Air.
Put down the cigar, cigarette, and vape pen, and walk outside into some fresh air. Breathing smoke, artificial chemicals, pollution, and even cleaning products is complex and strenuous for your body. If you must be around these stressors, do your best to limit your time near them and wear a mask.
Limit Caffeine and Alcohol.
Caffeine and alcohol are socially acceptable forms of drugs. While others may not frown on them, long-term intake of these stressors can be very taxing on your body. Avoid them whenever possible.
Sugar is not inherently bad for you or your body. However, large doses of it can be. The average American consumes nearly 60 pounds of sugar every year, about three times the recommended limit. For reference, it is recommended that women and men consume an absolute maximum of 6 and 9 teaspoons of sugar each day, respectively.
Chemical Stress Relief from a Chiropractor
Research suggests that regular visits to a chiropractor can decrease all types of stress levels. Schedule an appointment with our chiropractor so that we can assess your lifestyle, help you make healthy changes, and who can pinpoint pain points and provide stress relief.
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