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Lifestyle Factors and Environmental Stressors


Rachel Adams

Nutrition is only part of the foundation upon which good health is built but another huge part of that foundation is lifestyle. Lifestyle encompasses every aspect of our lives: the stresses and joys of our jobs, our family life, our love affairs, the air we breathe, how many steps we take in our daily journeys, the light of moon or street lights shining in while we sleep.
Some aspects of our lifestyle may expose us to environmental toxins and stressors. Unfortunately, our bodies require extra nutrients in order to deal with these environmental toxins and stressors, which is why they are sometimes called "anti-nutrients".

Environmental toxins and stressors are found in many places, including in food, drugs, household products, air pollution, noise pollution, mercury amalgam fillings, etc. In fact, environmental stressors and toxins are so widespread that they affect every single person on the planet. However, every individual is biochemically and psycho-socially unique. Some of us can carry a larger toxic load than others and some of us are more sensitive to stressors and toxins. Regardless of your ability to carry toxic loads, it is helpful to know what your particular lifestyle stressors are and to minimize your exposure to them while increasing your exposure to stress reducers.

STRESSORS

• Sedentary lifestyle
• Negative thoughts
• Financial difficulties
• Chronic relationship conflict
• Water beds/electric blankets
• Television (particularly violence)
• Frequent use of over the counter medications
• Living close to major highways/intersections
• Imbalance between work and play
• Natural gas/oil stove
• Recreational drugs
• Cigarettes
• Loneliness
• Prescription drugs
• Living within 500m of hydroelectric transmission lines
• Chronic anger
• Antibacterial soaps and cleansers
• Hormonal contraceptives


STRESS REDUCERS

• Positive thoughts
• Exercise or movement that is fun
• Spiritual/personal development
• Physical human contact
• Fresh air experiences
• Relaxation techniques
• Loving sexual activity
• Peaceful time with friends/family
• Being loved and loving
• Music (listening or playing)
• Physical activity
• Forgiveness
• Hopeful attitude
• Prayer and meditation
• Submersion in water (baths, oceans)

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