Cellulite and Stress
Cellulite is absolutely connected with stress catecholamines. Catecholamines are produced mainly by the adrenal medulla and the sympathetic nervous system of the brain as the body is stressed. Catecholamines cause general physiological changes that prepare the body for physical activity of 'fight or flight' getting pumped up to go into an anxiety state to speak before a group or an intense business meeting or social encounter. It does not have to be fighting a bear or flight or running from a bear to stimulate the excitement area of our brain.
The good news is that catecholamines are water soluble and are 50% bound to plasma proteins, so they circulate in the bloodstream as water is a part of the blood supply. So drink alkaline water with a pH above 7.0 (which is usually tap water) and drink depending on size, humidity, exercise at least 10 glasses of water daily to as high as 16 glasses (8 ounces per glass) daily.
High catecholamine levels in blood are associated with body and mental stress. Having sufficient alkaline water and more alkaline foods helps considerably in reducing body and mental stress. And also a moderate amount of exercise, keeping in mind that 'too much' exercise is in itself stressful as the body is fatigued.
People with unusual levels of stress should seriously consider making a plan for stress management. Stress leads to many health problems. Evidence points to links between stress and heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses. The acidic body chemicals associated with stress wear down the immune system and leave the body vulnerable.
Steps to taking control of your stress
- Become aware of what causes your stress. Identify all the events that cause you to feel physically or mentally tense. Think about how you react to them.
- Recognize which stressors you can change. If you can change or eliminate sources of stress easily, get to it! Otherwise, think about how you can reduce their intensity or reduce the amount of time you're exposed.
- Don't overreact to perceived danger or urgency. Try not to exaggerate the importance of a situation, and realize that you can't please everyone all the time. Be positive.
- Be mindful of your physical reaction to stress. Take steps to reduce your heart rate and relax your muscles. Try techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and progressive muscle relaxation to return your body to a balanced state.
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