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Fight stress with DR Oz's four smart tips

by , 26 November 2013

Are you battling with stress? If so, continue reading to discover four tips Dr Mehmet Cengiz Oz, popularly known as Dr Oz, recommends you use to fight it…

Dr Oz, the world-renowned heart surgeon, talk show host and health expert says that stress isn’t just in your head. It manifests itself in your body in the form of knotted muscles, painful digestion, troubled sleep and worse.

In a Prevention.com article, Dr Oz says that “to deal with such chronic discomfort, you need to have a biological bag of stress-busting tricks.”

Revealed: Four stress cures from Dr Oz

#1: Move it. Any type of exercise will help reduce stress. Your body will love the endorphins and you’ll notice more energy and lower stress levels when you make activity a regular part of your life.

If you’re just starting, Dr Oz recommends walking 30 minutes a day, every day. As you build up, you can integrate other routines such as resistance exercises or cardiovascular activities like swimming or cycling.

#2: Flex your face. Scrunch tightly (grimace like someone is about to drop something on your toes) for 15 seconds, then release. Repeat several times. This repetitive contraction and relaxation helps relieve any strain that you’re holding above the neck.

#3: Melt away muscle tightness. Dr Oz says that the yoga move called “thread the needle” opens your upper back and shoulders.
He recommends you do the following:

Start out on your hands and knees, palms under your shoulders. Exhaling, slide your right arm along the floor under your left arm, palm down, lowering your right shoulder to the floor. Rest your right ear and cheek on the floor. To deepen the stretch, try bending your left elbow as low as you comfortably can. Hold for 30 seconds, then come back to the starting position on your hands and knees; switch sides.

#4: Suck it up. Deep breathing stimulates your vagus nerve, which calms your brain and your stress response. When you exhale, suck your belly button toward your spine to push your diaphragm up so you empty all the air in your lungs. Then inhale deeply; it brings a chemical called nitric oxide from the back of your nose and sinuses into your lungs.

This naturally occurring gas dilates the air passages in your lungs and the blood vessels surrounding them so that more oxygen reaches every nook and cranny inside your body.

Don’t let stress disrupt your everyday life. Manage it with these expert tips.


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