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Get A Grip on Stress! (Part 4 – Chemical Stress)

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WARNING! The following article identifies common sources of chemical stress. Unfortunately, these chemical stressors may be some of your favorite foods, beverages, personal care products, and medications. All I ask is that you DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER! I’m only sharing what I’ve learned from years of observing, reading and doing countless hours of research.

If you’re truly committed to reducing your own personal stress, and having a healthier family, then THIS IS THE ARTICLE FOR YOU. It might be hard to hear, but trust me…it will be WELL worth the read.

In previous articles we discussed that the effects of emotional, physical, and chemical stress are cumulative and identical. Chemical stress can be just as unhealthy as emotional and physical stress.

You all know that deployment causes extreme EMOTIONAL stress. Most of you have felt the PHYSICAL stress of deployment. But only a few of you realize the insane amount of CHEMICAL toxins you’re exposed to on a daily basis. And unless you make some changes, you and your families will be under CONSTANT chemical stress…deployment or not.

Making changes might be hard, but your mind and body will thank you in the long run. Here’s some simple tips for a less-stressed, healthier, “cleaner” you!

TIP #1 – MINIMIZE PROCESSED AND FAST FOOD INTAKE

Go to YouTube, search for “McDonald’s 4 Year Old Cheeseburger,” sit back, and watch. Fast food and processed food is LOADED with chemical preservatives.  This particular Happy Meal has survived four years without decomposing at all.  Think about THAT for a second. It’s disgusting.  Also, many fast foods and processed foods contain the chemical MSG. MSG kills brain and nerve cells.

TIP #2 – DRINK MOSTLY FILTERED TAP WATER

Milk does a body good, right?  Wrong. Most cows’ milk contains antibiotics and artificial hormones. People who are exposed to large amounts of artificial hormones hit puberty at a very early age and can develop PMS, menstrual issues and infertility.  Sound familiar?  Additionally, most cows are fed corn that is genetically modified to survive pesticide and herbicide spraying. They actually call the seeds “Roundup Ready.” Roundup is a weed killer. It gets into the corn, the cows…and eventually you.

Speaking of corn, next time you reach for a bottle of soda, read the label.  High Fructose Corn Syrup is made from the same genetically modified corn. Drinking water instead of soda is not only a great way to avoid chemicals; you might be SHOCKED at how much weight you’ll lose!

Unfortunately, diet soda isn’t any healthier for you. Aspartame/NutraSweet/AminoSweet (same chemical, different names) is responsible for more adverse side effects than all other food additives combined. Just like MSG, it kills nerve and brain cells. (It also makes you ADDICTED to sweets so it’s virtually impossible to lose weight while drinking the stuff)

Finally, plastic bottles can leach chemicals into whatever they contain. Opt for glass or stainless steel instead.

TIP #3 – CLEAN UP YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Since you probably hate me by now for exposing many of your favorite foods and beverages, I might as well go all the way and take on beauty products. Many popular lotions, soaps, shampoos, hair sprays and cosmetics contain chemicals called xenoestrogens. Xenoestrogens mimic estrogen. They make your hormones imbalanced.  When your hormones are imbalanced you are at risk for PMS, menstrual issues, infertility, cancer, and being “hormonal.” And nobody wants to be around someone who’s hormonal.

But here’s the good news. There are products that are chemical free and will leave you looking as radiant as ever!  You can find them at www.ewg.org.  You can also use that site to check the toxicity of your current products.

TIP #4 – CLEAN OUT THE MEDICINE CABINET

Here’s a direct quote from our local sanitary district’s “Hazardous Waste” website.  “For years, residents have been told to flush old medications down the toilet or sink. This is not a good idea. New research has found medications, hormones, and other personal care products in rivers and streams across the country. These substances can adversely affect fish and wildlife.”

If they can do that to the fish and wildlife, what do you think they‘re doing to you? If you want to get off of any medications, talk to your prescribing physician first, then talk to a Chiropractor or Naturopath about safer alternatives.

HOMEFRONT UNITED CHALLENGE:

1. IDENTIFY ONE SOURCE OF CHEMICAL STRESS IN YOUR LIFE

2. COMMIT TO ELIMINATING IT

3. REPLACE IT WITH A HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE

4. SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW

I’ll get this started.  During school I used to drink one 24 ounce bottle of Mountain Dew a day. I replaced it with water. I am now able to think much clearer, retain more of what I read, and even lost a few pounds! I tried a sip a few years ago and couldn’t believe how “chemical” it tasted.

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2 thoughts on “Get A Grip on Stress! (Part 4 – Chemical Stress)”

  1. another good reason for me to give up McDonald’s…

    My father, brother and I are all “allergic” to MSG. It gives us severe migraines… so we avoid any food that contains it. Ironically there are a lot of products that don’t list it as MSG, on some labels it’s labeled generically as “spices” which we figured out by trial and error. Likewise sugar alternatives give me the same reaction. Guess my body doesn’t want me to loose anymore brain cells! LOL

    I very rarely drink soda and haven’t touched caffeine in years! Now when I have a soda, I can taste the chemicals too! I don’t drink “real milk” because I’ve had severe reactions to it as well. Now I drink either soy or lactose free milk if at all possible.

    I’m going to go check out the website, to see if I’m using anything bad for me in that sense. This was all great advice- now if I can cut back on real sugar… I’ll be great!

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