Drink Juices to Cure Alertness and Stress

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Alertness-and-Stress_cOur lives seem to become busier and more pressurized every day, as we try to juggle the demands of work, family, home and leisure time. We can easily end up tired, run-down and over-stressed, and if we don't look after ourselves we can start to suffer from insomnia, digestive upsets, lack of interest in sex, and a tendency to pick up minor illnesses. Fresh juices, drunk regularly, can help provide us with some of the nutrients that help us cope with stresses and strains, and enjoy life to the full.


Alertness

An alert brain means you can think more quickly, concentrate better, and work harder. We often turn to a cup of coffee or tea to lift that clouded feeling and bring things into clearer focus, but a fresh juice can be just as refreshing, and provide the body with valuable nutrients too. The minerals potassium, calcium, zinc, and the B group of vitamins, are all vital for healthy brain function.

Calm versus stress

Continuous stress and anxiety can have a very negative effect on your mental and physical health. Not only can you feel permanently fatigued and anxious, you can also experience insomnia, headaches, sore throats, poor skin, irritable bowel syndrome, and sometimes more serious conditions such as stomach ulcers and heart attacks.

The immediate symptoms of stress - pounding heart, panic, tensing of muscles - are essential in the right situation. For example, if you had to escape a fire, respond to an accident, run an important race, or sit an examination, the adrenalin released into your bloodstream would provide you with the burst of energy that you needed. However, when a stressful situation occurs and there is no physical outlet for the extra energy your body supplies, stress can begin to harm your health. It puts strain on your adrenal glands (situated behind the kidneys), which are continually producing adrenalin, and also means that you don't digest or absorb the nutrients from foods properly, because blood is diverted away from the stomach to your limbs, ready for a physical reaction. If you feel stressed frequently, perhaps every day, you will be living in a continuous state of tension and anxiety. After a while you will feel extremely drained because of an inability to relax and you may also have sleep problems.

Stress Buster

There are many things you can do to combat stress, including taking more exercise, and practising relaxation techniques such as deep breathing. But what you eat and drink can also have an effect. Nutrients which are known to have a calming effect on the nervous system are the B group of vitamins (especially B1, B6, folic acid, and pantothenic acid), vitamin C, and the mineral calcium. They are found particularly in citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, melons, apricots and avocado.

Insomnia

There's nothing more infuriating than not being able to go to sleep at night, but it's one of the main side-effects of being under stress. Insomniacs often turn to sleeping pills to put them out, but fresh juices can also help: celery and lettuce juices have a reputation for helping to usher in sleep and calm the nervous system, as have juices high in the nutrients calcium and magnesium, vitamin B3 and B6.

Fatigue

Fatigue is a debilitating result of long-term stress. You never feel rested when you wake up in the mornings, you slump in the afternoons, and feel tired again in the evenings; you seem to lack energy to do anything. Vitality-rich green juices may help to bolster up your energy levels.

Stomach Ulcers

Stomach ulcers can be very uncomfortable and potentially life-threatening if they burst. They are often the result of stress, which can cause the stomach to secrete powerful acids even when there is no food for it to digest. Juices high in B vitamins, vitamin C and beta-carotene can be helpful, and Potato and papaya juices in particular have a reputation for helping to soothe ulcers.

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