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3 Things You Can Do Now To Limit Stress

Did you know that constant stress can actually make you ill? Chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, asthma, cancer and a host of other health problems. One way to beat stress is to adopt a positive attitude. This can be challenging but with practice every day it will become a habit.

Here are three things you can do now to limit stress in your life:

1. When you catch yourself saying what-if or imagining the worst case scenario, take control by turning those thoughts into positive ones. Instead of worrying, think of the best possible outcome.

2. Use breathing techniques to keep you centered. When you’re really stressed, take at least three deep breaths to calm yourself before you take action or start overanalyzing the situation.

3. Don’t compare what’s happening now with what happened before. It’s difficult to not compare changes, especially negative ones, with what happened in the past. Don’t wish things would go back to the way they were if you’re facing negative problems. Instead find a positive solution and consider why you’re facing difficulty.

Try those 3 techniques listed above and see if your mood doesn’t begin to lift. If you need more help dealing with stress in your life, why not sign up in the form below for a free session and let’s send that stress packing. Once you sign up, you will be added to my mailing list. Not ready for a free session? Sign up for my newsletter anyway, so you can receive updates and special offers.

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What Is Gastroparesis

August is Gastroparesis Awareness Month. You are probably asking what is gastroparesis and thinking because it starts with gastro it must have something to do with the stomach. If that is the case, you are correct. Gastroparesis is a condition in which the stomach does not empty properly into the intestines. There is no evidence of blockage or obstruction, which makes it pretty scary.

Gastroparesis can occur in children or adults, but women and diabetics seem to be most at risk. In most cases, the cause is unknown. The following symptoms may lead your doctor to carry out a number of tests for gastroparesis:

Nausea and/or vomiting
Retching – dry heaves
A feeling of fullness after a normal sized meal
The person may be unable to finish a meal due to satiety -early fullness
These symptoms usually occur during and after a meal.

Treatments

If your symptoms are mild, they can be controlled with dietary and lifestyle adjustments. Moderate symptoms may be treated with medications to stimulate motility – movement of food into the intestines – and/or reduce nausea and vomiting. If your symptoms are severe and difficult to treat, you may need additional treatments, including surgery, to maintain nutrition or reduce symptoms.

The following tips can help you cope better with gastroparesis:

Work with a qualified dietician or health practitioner to design a dietary plan just for you.
Eat 4 – 6 small meals low in fat and fiber.
Lean meat, eggs and peanut butter are good protein sources.
If you are diabetic, pay special attention to controlling your blood glucose level.
Select foods that are easily chewed and chew well before swallowing.
Avoid coarse fruits and vegetables, fruits with seeds and tough skins or husks that are difficult to digest.
Avoid carbonated beverages, alcohol and cigarettes.
Boost your nutritional intake with caloric drinks, protein shakes or protein bars.

No single treatment helps everyone with gastroparesis. All drugs and medications carry side effects, some of which may be unavoidable. It is important that you work closely with your doctor to help alleviate or reduce your symptoms. And remember, the information in this blog post is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you suffer from this or any other disease, please consult with your doctor before making a medical decision.

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