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5 Ways to Combat Stress Eating

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    What makes Vitality SuperGreen different from all the other green drinks on the market today? It’s the very alkalizing formula - the fermented algae blend, red marine blend, intestinal support blend and fermented green veggies —specially created by Donna Gates—that soothes and is very healing to the gut lining. A generous amount of nutrient-rich elements like L-glutamine, FOS from chicory inulin, GMO-free Sunflower Lecithin, and aloe vera extract (200:1) help establish and maintain a healthy inner ecosystem. We’ve spared no cost in blending together an extraordinary spectrum (or life force) of fermented algae and cereal grasses, fermented green veggies, enzymes, probiotics and food-based supplements providing you the highest quality fermented green drink on the market today.

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    • Provides healthy food for beneficial microflora - a potent, mineral-rich blend of fermented algae and red marine algae4
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Emotional eating is when we eat for any reason other than to nourish the body. It’s when emotions or memories fuel our hunger, rather than a biological need for nutrients. Often, a stressful situation is a trigger to grab bready, starchy, and fatty comfort foods.

Stress decreases the number of good bacteria living in the gut.

It’s no wonder—the sugars in starchy foods encourage the release of serotonin in the brain.

Serotonin is a brain chemical that makes us feel good. For example, many antidepressants block the uptake of serotonin so that more of it stays in the brain, making us feel happier.

Even though comfort foods and sugar may dampen strong emotions, in the long run these habits create more stress on the body and a greater potential for fatigue and depression.

Do You Eat While Stressed?

In short, stress shuts down your digestive power—making it harder to break down food and easier to overwhelm your digestion, your immune system, and your liver.

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Emotional eating can leave you feeling worse than when you started. A complete superfood supplement like Vitality SuperGreen can help to calm cravings in times of stress.

During a stress response:

  1. Your mouth gets dry; this is problematic since saliva contains important digestive enzymes.
  2. Digestion stops.
  3. Stress hormone levels rise.
  4. Inflammation increases.
  5. Immune function drops.

Stress hormones activate the fight-or-flight response, telling the body to send resources to where they are needed—not to your digestive tract.

So while the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, and the muscles are flooded with support, other systems in the body receive less help. This is one reason why ongoing stress can lead to problems like heartburn, constipation, or lack of appetite.

Stress also works against the immune system. When we feel stress, we produce stress hormones that tell opportunistic bacteria and yeast to grow. (1)(2) Indeed, research tells us that stress decreases the number of good bacteria living in the gut. (3) Armed with fewer good bacteria, the body is more susceptible to infection, inflammation, and Candida overgrowth.

5 Tips to Combat Stress Eating

  1. Always choose nutrient-dense foods that give authentic energy to your cells. Body Ecology Vitality SuperGreen and Super Spirulina Plus are great options for pre-digested nutrition that won’t tax your digestive tract and will give you a good boost of energy and wellbeing.
  1. Have coconut water kefir on hand. Kefir is naturally soothing to the nervous system. It contains probiotics that make their own feel-good brain chemicals. (4) Probiotics also support a healthy inner ecosystem and can repair a leaky gut.
  1. Supplement with digestive enzymes. This is especially important if you eat while stressed. A full spectrum enzyme stokes your digestive fire and protects against heartburn, irregular bowel movements, and other signs of digestive trouble that accompany stress.
  1. Rebalance your system after periods of stress. Stress not only weakens the immune system and dampens digestion—it causes inflammation and leaky gut. Donna formulated the Digestive Care Multi to improve digestion, support the elimination of toxins, rebuild the gut wall, nourish the adrenals and thyroid, and replenish the beneficial bacteria and yeast of the inner ecosystem.
  1. Accept your emotions—even the ones you don’t like. The best way to manage emotional eating habits is to simply accept your emotions and be with them. In other words, rather than trying to change your emotions or avoid them, acknowledge how you feel.

You can learn how to nurture your body and transform emotions without ignoring them or covering them up with unhealthy eating habits.

This isn’t always easy. But when it comes to maintaining health and vitality, managing stress and how we eat during stressful times is essential. As you learn to manage stress in ways that don’t involve unhealthy food, pay special attention to your digestive system and immune system. They will be good indicators of how your body is handling your emotions.

What To Remember Most About This Article:

Emotional eating is considered the norm, especially if you’re under stress. In a stressful situation, you may first reach for starchy, fatty foods as a source of comfort. Starchy foods contain sugars that encourage the release of the feel-good chemical serotonin in the brain. Over the long-term, stress eating can place a burden on the body and increase the risk of fatigue and depression.

When you’re under stress, use these five tips to preserve your digestive health:

  1. Choose nutrient-dense foods that provide authentic energy. Body Ecology Vitality SuperGreen and Super Spirulina Plus offer pre-digested nutrition that is easy on the gut.
  2. Keep coconut water kefir on hand. Kefir naturally soothes the nervous system with probiotics that also produce feel-good brain chemicals.
  3. Supplement with digestive enzymes. If you’re eating under stress, a full spectrum enzyme can stoke your digestive fire and relieve unpleasant symptoms like heartburn and irregular bowel movements.
  4. Rebalance your system after times of stress. Stress affects immunity and digestion; the Digestive Care Multi can restore digestion, support detoxification, rebuild the gut wall, nourish the thyroid and adrenals, and replenish your inner ecology.
  5. Accept unpleasant emotions. Manage emotional eating triggers by accepting and experiencing your unpleasant emotions; emotional avoidance can lead to unhealthy eating habits.
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  • Vitality SuperGreen

    Vitality SuperGreen

    Complete Superfood Nutrition

    Benefits for the common condition of leaky gut* - formulated with ingredients shown to maintain a healthy gut lining1,2,3

    What makes Vitality SuperGreen different from all the other green drinks on the market today? It’s the very alkalizing formula - the fermented algae blend, red marine blend, intestinal support blend and fermented green veggies —specially created by Donna Gates—that soothes and is very healing to the gut lining. A generous amount of nutrient-rich elements like L-glutamine, FOS from chicory inulin, GMO-free Sunflower Lecithin, and aloe vera extract (200:1) help establish and maintain a healthy inner ecosystem. We’ve spared no cost in blending together an extraordinary spectrum (or life force) of fermented algae and cereal grasses, fermented green veggies, enzymes, probiotics and food-based supplements providing you the highest quality fermented green drink on the market today.

    Nourish Your Inner Ecosystem with 2 scoops per day.

    Vitality SuperGreen:

    • Strengthens immunity so you feel more energetic and vibrant*
    • Offers an excellent source of complete nutrition - easily assimilated protein, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, lignans, essential fatty acids, nucleic acids, and beneficial microflora*
    • Soy Free • Dairy Free/Vegan
    • Provides healthy food for beneficial microflora - a potent, mineral-rich blend of fermented algae and red marine algae4
    • Fermented to magnify bioavailability*
    • Rich in antioxidants
    • Detoxifies the body to help maintain a healthy weight*
    • Unlike many superfoods on the market today, Vitality SuperGreen tastes great!
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    Kefir has many benefits, including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties.

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REFERENCES:

  1. Lyte, M. (1993). The role of microbial endocrinology in infectious disease. Journal of endocrinology, 137(3), 343-345.
  2. Lyte, M., & Ernst, S. (1992). Catecholamine induced growth of gram negative bacteria. Life sciences, 50(3), 203-212.
  3. Lakhan, S. E., & Kirchgessner, A. (2010). Gut inflammation in chronic fatigue syndrome. Nutr Metab (Lond), 7, 79.
  4. Dhakal, R., Bajpai, V. K., & Baek, K. H. (2012). Production of gaba (γ-aminobutyric acid) by microorganisms: a review. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, 43(4), 1230-1241.

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