If you speak with “highly productive” and successful individuals (or are on your way to becoming more of one yourself), a common denominator is a high work ethic, determination and mental discipline. Too often these days however the sacrifice by those achieving or seeking this type of success is either a compromise of personal life (zero life/work balance) or long-term taxing of the body which only becomes fully evident years down the track. The ideal scenario to truly be “highly productive” AND well-functioning is the long-term care and preservation of the machine delivering the productivity (your body) as it needs to have equal opportunity to relax as much as it works. It is all about balance. Understanding stress and the mechanics behind body “recovery” can help us fast track the body back to a relaxed state FAST and achieve success with more ease and for longer.
So, Is There A FAST Way To Relax?
Eating organically, exercising, good hydration and adequate sleep all play an important role in keeping the body free of extra toxins and assist in the recuperation from the demands of modern living – we all know this. But what if I were to tell you these factors are not the complete picture?
What if your body isn’t assimilating the water and nutrition you are eating (or supplementing) and can’t sleep deeply due to hidden adrenalization?
The latest advanced research we are finding in the Kinesiology community is that stored emotional stress and trauma may be triggering off adrenal responses that block the assimilation of nutrients and water in the body; in real world terms: greatly impairing our efforts to combat stress, accomplish total health and be highly successful.
In a state of stress, a specific set of neurochemicals, hormones and bodily responses are active and an opposing set is employed when the body is in a relaxation phase of function. So, when experiencing stress/trauma (or the perception of these), the body goes into a state of flight, fight, freeze or survival, the effects of which need to be processed and equally countered to restore the system to homeostasis (or ideal bodily “norm”). If, however, the unprocessed emotions or traumas (aka what is initiating adrenaline release) become embedded or “stored” in the body, similar stresses can and often will perpetually re-trigger internally resulting in the body being in a constant state of survival. In this state of being the nutritional support and other measures we are taking to stay in the game and be successful become ineffective and often void.
As we clock up our days, weeks, months and years the impact of this “build up” becomes more and more debilitating. “Pushing through” comes at a cost and is not the ideal solution…. putting ourselves into a state of pause and RELAXING daily is the key to success now and for the long-term, it IS a physiological necessity if our output is high.
A stress or trauma could be actual or perceived ranging from childbirth, accidents, injuries to burns/body scars or anything which is a threat to life or as simple as work demands, recurrent road rage or even the alarm clock blasting in your ear each morning.
What Is Happening When We Are Stressed?
From a Kinesiological perspective, a neurological cascade occurs and the resultant activation of certain muscles can create maladaptive compensations which have an adverse effect on the whole body. Of observable interest are the muscles of the jaw and especially those surrounding the TMJ – temporomandibular joint (as structurally these muscles have been found to affect the whole system). As the musculature surrounding the TMJs become activated (as part of an inbuilt primitive reflexes set off by a stressed state), the muscles themselves tighten which pulls the boney structure of the cranium which then applies pressure on the pituitary gland (which is housed inside the sphenoid bone within the skull). The pressure on the pituitary gland affects the hormones which are produced by it (i.e. the adrenal, sex and thyroid hormones) and the kidneys too are heavily impacted which affects body hydration and therefor the ability to optimally detoxify/clean the blood and body and unwind to the exact degree to which it was “wound up”.
The adrenal hormones are designed as a temporary expression, a means of sustaining life and coping with “threatening” stimulus short term (these hormones trigger specific adaptive responses – whether the stress is real or imagined the neural pathways used are the same) and this response ideally should flick on and then off fully, only as a temporarily measure. If the body continues to be affected by the same stressful stimulus or another stressor is introduced, the body will continuously pump out adrenaline and cortisol day and night causing havoc to our well-being.
As we know, hydration is VITAL to the health of the body. As mentioned, in a stressed state muscles tighten – all muscles tighten, including the muscular structure of our cardiovascular system AND those muscles surrounding/within the kidneys which impair hydration to a high degree – taxing the body even further.
In a dehydrated body, toxin elimination (including the stress hormones themselves, heavy metals and fluoride) is compromised and the ability of the body to metabolize and assimilate nutrition is also negatively impacted. Our nutrients are the building blocks of our present and future body. Health is hard to achieve in a toxic dehydrated body.
When we are focusing on the ability of the body to “relax” ensuring the muscles are “released” or not holding tight is vital to allow the system to reset to “homeostasis” or perfect balance as both blood and lymph flow are affected by tight muscles too. Kinesiologists specialize in muscles so we can easily help you with this.
The KEY Relaxation Mineral… MAGNESIUM
Magnesium is an important player for supporting the nervous system. From a nutritional perspective biomechanically, it works like a seesaw with the mineral Calcium inside us. When one is high the other is low, both are needed in balanced amounts. Without Magnesium, the body is unable to assimilate Calcium, so Calcium can start to deposit around the tendons and joints (as it would in something like Arthritis) and this can give us false readings of low Calcium levels. Inside the muscles, Calcium deposits may be implicated in the increasingly common complaint of “Fibromyalgia”. If Calcium is building up in the tissues a blood test may not show as an accurate read out of the status of the body’s true Calcium levels.
With specialized Kinesiology, we can pin point and release stored trauma and emotions (the common instigators of excessive adrenal hormone release), release the tension in the TMJ and the muscles of the body and get the hydration pathways optimized through specialized techniques. Once corrected in this way the body can come out of a stress response and restore a natural state of functionality and from here is able to assimilate the minerals and hydrate. Kinesiologists have super-fast methods of assessing whether the body is assimilating minerals and how to find exactly what stress based experiences or memories, are held in the system re-adrenalizing it. We are also trained to know how to address/correct issues perfectly for the individual body through muscle testing.
After working with thousands of clients and collating data from many other Kinesiologists there is a clear indicator that a combination of trauma, TMJ dysfunction and dehydration are at the core behind some of the most prevalent and debilitating issues we are seeing commonly in society today (CFS, allergies, viruses, Arthritis, and Fibromyalgia). Research via empirical testing using Kinesiology shows people suffering with these conditions as well as Parkinson’s and MS have dramatic changes to their muscle testing results when their Magnesium is investigated and corrected Kinesiologically and in thousands of cases symptoms have completely gone.
Check List For Possible Magnesium Deficiency:
- Irritability and agitation
- Heart disease
- Cravings for chocolate – inability to stop at one piece? (This may be an unconscious self-medicating to increase your Magnesium levels)
- Memory loss
- High blood pressure
- Kidney stones
- Cramps, spasms, eye twitching
- Poor attention span
- Depression or anxiety/panic attacks
- Lethargy and fatigue
- Weak muscles or dizziness
- Back aches/body tension
- Blood clots
- Teeth grinding/sore jaw on waking
- Chronic fatigue
- Cold extremities
- Constipation/bowel problems
- Headaches or migraines
- Accelerated ageing
- Numbness of hands and feet
- Post-natal depression
- Excess testosterone in women (excess facial hair and scalp hair loss)
We Are Haemorrhaging MAGNESIUM
When stress hormones flood our system, a directive is given to the kidneys to release Magnesium (which is the mineral of rest, digest and relaxation – none of the requirements of survival which is why the body eliminates as much as it can). So, with stress hormones causing the automatic loss of Magnesium through our urine, we are already at a disadvantage haemorrhaging Magnesium which we need to replace to get fully back to the relaxed/balanced state to fully recover from whatever the stress was we had to endure. The more prolonged the experience of stress the more Magnesium we lose and need to replenish to get the body back to equilibrium so it can kick into its natural state of health. With Magnesium, continually being dumped out due to stored unprocessed emotions and traumas (and modern-day stress), the increasing presence of Calcium in the body becomes an issue as any Magnesium you do manage to take in can’t reach your tissue cells due to the left-over excess of Calcium deposits throughout the body.
It is all about balance – deal with the emotional back log, minimizing present stress and replacing the water and Magnesium that is lost. When Magnesium is low, Calcium is high.
Note: when stressed it is important to replace Magnesium, increase water and eliminate the core of the stress trigger.
The magic of Magnesium doesn’t stop at its role in relaxing the body. It is a crucial ingredient on the production of energy itself inside the cells. For every single molecule of energy the human body makes, MAGNESIUM is necessary. So, on the path to embodying high productivity and true success in life the battle for the extra energy to have the added edge really starts and finishes with preserving and replenishing your Magnesium and reducing stress triggers from the core.
If you are aiming to be ultra-successful connect with a Kinesiologist (or anyone qualified in core body/mind work) who can assist you to identify and release your emotional triggers and traumas to reduce the unnecessary excess of adrenaline released daily into your body and plug the loss of your body’s Magnesium supplies FAST. Remember to use nature to help you along your way too. Diet choices rich in Magnesium, regular EPSOM salt baths, and even Magnesium Oil (Magnesium Chloride) are all available for you to include into your daily routine to get the most out of your body and achieve success without taxing your body.
The Hierarchy Of Sustainable SUCCESS
- Reduce stress stimulus AND add more relax time to your schedule
- Exercise to augment positive brain chemistry and to keep body fluids (blood and lymph) moving
- Diffuse stored stress build up (Kinesiology is one of the best tools I have found for this). This will plug excessive adrenaline release and minimize Magnesium loss helping each day become easier
- Replenish Magnesium, increase water and REST
- Set goals that fill your heart. Keep focussed. SUCCEED
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