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Don’t let stress keep you down.
Like most illnesses, stress is defined by its symptoms: Relieve the fatigue, headaches, tight muscles, and the rest of the physical fallout and you’ll find it exponentially easier to take the tension in stride.
The stress hormone cortisol may sap your serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that regulate mood and sleep.
Beat it: Try the herbal supplement Rhodiola rosea (rhodiolarosea.com). It stimulates serotonin and dopamine production, says Keith DeOrio, M.D., the Men’s Health alternative-medicine advisor
A continuous infusion of adrenaline can make your upper-back muscles painfully tight, according to research by Swedish scientists.
Beat it: Start untying the knots with 12 repetitions of wide-grip barbell rows. Two sets will leave your muscles fatigued enough to relax and recover from the tension.
Italian researchers have shown that cortisol can increase your cravings for foods high in fat and carbohydrates.
Beat it: Swallow more omega-3 fatty acids; they can cut cortisol, say French researchers. Take two Ultimate Omega pills (nordicnaturals.com) twice a day, which is a similar amount to what was used in the study.
Low serotonin levels may cause the blood vessels in your brain to become dilated and inflamed.
Beat it: Fill up on pumpkin seeds, bananas, and tuna. A study in Clinical Neuroscience found that magnesium, a nutrient that helps regulate blood-vessel dilation, may reduce the frequency of headaches.
Blood is shunted from your stomach to your muscles so they can fight or take flight, say Johns Hopkins researchers.
Beat it: Heat up a meal. Capsaicin, the chemical that gives chili peppers their fire, was found to increase gastric bloodflow in animal studies.
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Sources: MSN Health.