In today’s busy society, we all need to learn some form of stress management. Most of us are aware that stress is linked to depression and many other diseases including cancer, heart disease, and lung disease. What many don’t realize is that we can help manage stress with nutritional cleansing.

Stress is emotional and physical. When we feel upset, nervous, depressed or anxious, we either don’t eat or eat the wrong things - “comfort foods.” But it is times like these when we should take extra special care of ourselves. We can get our emotions in check and keep our minds balanced through stressful times starting with cleansing and healthy nutrition. Cleansing our bodies and our minds can rejuvenate and give a fresh outlook on life.

The food we eat can make or break our wellbeing. Eating healthy, nutritious foods makes us feel good while eating junk food can make us cranky and more stressed. Caffeine and sodium can raise our blood pressure, while sugar can cause “the blues.” Many processed and junk foods contain these substances in high amounts, which can alter our feelings and, in turn, make life seem harder to deal with therefore more stressful.

A colon cleanse or total body cleanse can be a good place to start creating a new outlook on life. Why? One reason is that harmful internal toxins are created during times of high stress. When overly excited, angry or afraid, your body releases chemicals throughout. Ever felt butterflies in your stomach every time you think of a certain person or circumstance? This is the release of harmful internal toxins.

As these extreme emotions happen to many on a daily basis these chemicals are released daily and build up over time. In turn, not only do you have the daily emotional issues, but now the built up internal toxins add to and hold the pent-up anger and fear. Add to these toxins the chemicals in processed and junk foods. This is a harmful cycle of creating toxins, then adding more which makes us feel worse so we stress and create more, and so on. Our wellbeing is in jeopardy.

On the other hand, many people report feeling more relaxed, happier and less stressed after a cleansing program. Using a cleansing program can assist your body in the elimination of the toxins instead of accumulating them. During a colon cleanse you not only eliminate the old buildup; but you should consume better quality foods which give you more nutrition.

The nutrients of the foods that you eat will determine if your body produces serotonin and dopamine in your brain, which are instrumental for relaxation. These nutrients can be found in foods such as whole grains, bananas, brown rice and tomatoes. We can also get the essential nutrients needed for healthy brain function from essential fatty acids, green superfoods and other highly balanced proteins found in foods like sprouts and nuts.

On the other hand, the nutrients – or lack of – may determine that your body will create excess insulin and cortisone levels, which are associated with depression. These can be created by over-eating or eating excess white sugar or flour, excess caffeine, aspartame, monosodium glutamate, and so on. Many processed and packaged foods contain these in excess and hidden amounts. Therefore, they are best avoided during times of stress.

Along with food, you can make deep breathing part of your cleansing routine. Five minutes of deep breathing can alleviate feelings of anger and frustration. When we are stressed, our breathing becomes shallow. Deep and cleansing breaths help us bring more oxygen and helps to relax and cleanse our mind. Breathing and relaxation are important in the practice of yoga and are known to cleanse and rejuvenate mind and body.

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Author's Bio: 

Cindy Papp was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 1992. She started cleansing in 1994, which lead to total recovery in 1998. She is free of the disease to date. Cindy is a Certified Nutritional Counselor, a Certified Colon Therapist and trained in massage therapy. She owned and operated SpringClean health center in the San Fernando Valley of California, specializing in total body cleansing, until 2004.

Cindy has put much of her expertise on cleansing on her website where you can learn more about the right way to cleanse, and how to choose the best cleanse for you.