Relieve Stress

We have a special email we wanted to share with you today, that comes from someone you may or may not have heard of before, Sandi Krakowski.

Her story of battling a bleeding colon, building a huge business and having many, if not all, of the same challenges we all face everyday inspired thousands of you last fall when she shared her story with us. (Click here for the full podcast)

Please take a quick minute to read what she has to say…. it impacted us very deeply and we believe it will do the same for you.

 

As the owner of a very large international company that serves more than 270,000 clients, Steve & Jordan have been a real blessing to me! They are my ‘personal reminders’ to remember to take care of me, eat right and to stop and pause for restoration.  The SCD diet has completely changed my life and put me into remission after a critical flare back in October of 2011.

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This email really hit home with us:

“In the same breath my Doctor told me that I have colitis and had to reduce my stress… Is he some kind of robot?  I’m bleeding, I feel awful, and my life is a complete mess from this disease!  Relieve my stress?  Seriously? I almost cold cocked him right there in the office!”

Ever have thoughts like that?

We sure have.

It’s stressful enough taking care of yourself in the face of debilitating stomach problems, let alone dealing with job stress, money stress, and family stress… it all adds up.  We get it.

We’re right here with you.  For those of you that don’t know this, we have to concentrate on living a low-stress lifestyle everyday.  We have to live our lives this way in order to publish this blog and keep our day jobs without triggering a massive flare every month.

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Question for you: If I removed half the stress from your life, how would you feel?

Lighter? Calmer? Happier? Healthier?

As you probably know, The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is the best way to start healing your digestive problems and reverse chronic illness.

So many of you are working hard to take control of your health and getting amazing transformations.  Here’s a few emails we’ve received in the past few weeks:

“Thank you Jordan & Steve.  This was our best X-Mas ever.  My daughter was so happy to feel well again and down to 15mg of prednisone.  We are slowly weaning her and hope she will be off by end of January.” – Jenny

Already I have seen a great reduction of cramps and diarrhea has stopped .I am just starting on phase 1 now.  Thanks for all the tips.” – Annie

“Even though I was technically in remission when I started the diet, it brought me to a whole new level of health. My energy levels went up, my GERD went away, joint pain reduced, no bloating or pain and was even getting solid stools.” – Natalie

Your commitment to this healing journey is so brave!

And if you’re already working hard following SCD and you’re ready to keep improving your digestion, then we’ve got something special for you that’s really going to help you do it.

We’ve written before about how tightly linked stress and digestion are… and how ignoring stress can trigger painful setbacks.

In fact, when someone comes to us doing “everything right” with diet and supplements, but they just can’t get symptom-free… stress is the first place I look.

And I got to thinking, there’s probably more of you that would see improvement in your symptoms if you had less stress in your life.  You don’t have to do this alone…

That’s why we created a free “7-Day Stress Reduction Challenge” to help you kick off the New Year

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I don’t think about the night my Father died very often… it still hurts too much.

He had a massive heart attack on a cold night in December 2007…

And I was the one who found him.

He was already gone.

I remember screaming.

911.

Police and fire.

Shaking uncontrollably.

The Medical Examiner.

Shock.

Sobbing…

and then it got quiet again.

That’s when I had the most horrific diarrhea session I’ve ever experienced. It was more violent than any stomach virus or food poisoning imaginable…

My body was out-of-control and I could hardly get a hold of myself.

That’s the first time I realized the incredible power that stress has over my body… and started my quest to better manage stress and the digestive system.

If you want to heal your gut and control the symptoms of digestive disease – you have to get a handle on the stress and digestion in your life… or it will undermine all the work you’re doing following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and using supplementation to take control of your health.

Stress Used to Keep Us Alive…

Stress is about more than just being stuck in traffic or fighting with a spouse over bills.

Stress causes a natural physiological (chemical) response in the body with the core purpose of keeping us alive. In fact, this “fight or flight” chemical response used to save our ancestors every day while they roamed the earth dodging Saber-Tooth Tigers and Woolly Mammoths.

During stress, the Adrenal Glands release the “stress hormones” cortisol, epinephrine, and norepenephine.

Why is that important?

These chemicals put our body into a state of “Flight or Fight,” which was great for our ancestors. It gave them a short burst of heightened awareness and the energy to stay alive no matter what threat they were up against.

Here’s the problem: now we roam the earth well protected in safe cars, safe homes, and comfy work places… not running from Woolly Mammoths.

Short bursts of life or death stress like our ancestors experienced are rare in today’s world, unless you get mugged or something.

The majority of the stress we experience in today’s world is the chronic form – things like not getting enough sleep, going to work, family issues, health issues, not having enough money… and unfortunately the body can’t distinguish threat levels like our government.

Our body responds with a “code red” and activates the “Fight or Flight” response just like it’s programmed.

So physiologically, as soon as you roll out of bed, your body is acting like you’re running from saber-tooth tigers all day.

It’s just not good for us.

Chronic stress keeps cortisol levels high and disrupts the body’s natural 24-hour cortisol rhythm that rises and falls throughout the day.

Not only that, but elevated cortisol:

  • Raises blood sugar
  • Suppresses Immune function and healing
  • Promotes leaky gut syndrome
  • Causes hormone imbalance
  • Increases depression and anxiety
  • Altered digestive motility processes

The bottom line: chronic stress really messes with your body… especially the digestive system.

Properly managing stress can help you improve your digestion. That’s why I’m going to focus on managing stress in your life… so you can keep working on controlling stress and the digestive system preventing you from living a symptom-free life.

But Managing Stress and Digestion is Tricky

Here are three tips for managing stress to improve digestion. Pick one of these three things and test it for the next seven days…

1) Quit the news cold turkey

Before I get into the complex stuff I want to share the number one thing that helped me manage stress and the digestive system in my life.

I STOPPED reading, watching, and getting sucked into the news.

Try it for 7 days and see how you feel.

(I’ve heard that on average, 14 out of 15 news stories are negative.)

Don’t worry, you’ll still find out what’s going on in the world from friends and co-workers… without being exposed to the negativity and stress that you’ll find on the news most days.

Doing just that one thing for the next 7 days will likely have a dramatic impact on the stress you feel throughout the day.

2) Meditation

I’ve practiced meditation over the years and I used to think that it reduced my stress. But it was more indirect than that.

Meditation increased my awareness of the present moment and allowed me to experience more joy in my daily life.

If you’re just starting out I would recommend Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book Wherever You Go There You Are.

I’ve been very impressed with his work in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, which combines both Meditation and Yoga to improve physical and emotional health. You can learn more about his methods in another of his books, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness.

For a step-by-step 30-day system to reduce your stress, boost your energy, and to help you heal your digestive problems faster check out our “Makeover Your Morning” course to wake up in 30 days stress-free, happier, and more relaxed.

3 ) Cultivate Your Social Life

Staying cooped up inside the house can actually make you sicker and increase the impact stress has on your body.

A 1995 Cleveland Clinic study that says, “Social support appeared to play an important role in moderating the effects of pain, functional limitation and even depression on the subject’s quality of life.”

Also, a 2003 PNEC study found that, “Social interactions buffer against stress and they promote wound healing. And the data implies that social isolation impairs wound healing.”

So how does your social life tie in to all of this?

It has everything to do with the Oxytocin that gets released in response to both physical contact and social behavior.

Oxytocin can suppress your body’s reaction to stress.

It improves your immune system and your ability to heal because it decreases the impact of cortisol during “Fight or Flight” stress response, which is crucial during the inflammatory stage of healing.

So, the takeaway point here is: get out of the house and have some fun with friends and family…

Not only will it help you manage stress, but it will help you heal your digestive problems.

So, call your friend and make some time to catch a movie… or take your Mom out for a walk. It matters…

Managing Stress is Just as Important as Diet…

If you want to heal your gut and control the symptoms of digestive disease, you have to learn how to manage the stress in your life.

Stress will undermine all the work you’re doing following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and using supplementation to take control of your health.

Make stress management just as important as the other areas you’re working on.

If you’re really serious about managing your stress, join us for our free 7-day stress reduction challenge…

Here’s How The 7-Day Stress Reduction Challenge Works:

  • Join the 7-day stress reduction challenge by entering your name and email in the box below
  • It’s completely free
  • Every morning for the next 7 days you’ll get an email delivered to your inbox
  • Each email will have a different technique for you to use to lift the weight of the world off your shoulders
  • At the end of the 7 days, if you use everything we show you, you’ll cut your stress in half

If you’re ready to get this part of your life handled to further heal your digestive problems… and ready to do a 7-DAY CHALLENGE with us and many others…..

–> Join the stress challenge here

In good health,

 

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