1. Fight Fear with Exercise
Exercising starts a biological cascade of many health benefits, such as protecting against heart disease, lowering blood pressure, and improving sleep. High-intensity exercise releases the body's feel-good chemicals called endorphins, resulting in the "runner's high" that joggers report.
It creates a chain reaction in the body. It spurs the release of proteins called neurotrophic or growth factors, which cause nerve cells to grow and make new connections. The improvement in brain function makes you feel better.
The Health Harvard Publishing reports, "In people who are depressed, neuroscientists have noticed that the hippocampus in the brain—the region that helps regulate mood—is smaller. Exercise supports nerve cell growth in the hippocampus, improving nerve cell connections, which helps relieve depression.”
2. Fight Fear with Food
A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, collagen, and spices like turmeric and ginger are God’s way of fighting fear in the body. Foods that are naturally bright or yellow are God’s natural immune boosters.
Chicken soup has been a remedy for hundreds because it’s filled with vitamins, minerals, and proteins. Bone broth is filled with these things too.
Ginger is best known for anti-nausea but it acts as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It has also demonstrated antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-cancer effects.
Garlic has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries and has demonstrated antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects. It can also stimulate the immune system. Additionally, several studies showed that aged garlic extract supplements can enhance immune function and decrease the severity of colds and the flu.
Collagen is a protein found in 25-35% of the whole body, present in connective tissues, such as the skin, tendons, ligaments, gut, blood vessels, bones, intervertebral discs, and muscle tissue. It’s one of the most common proteins in the body. It’s incredibly beneficial for the gut as it reduces inflammation and repairs the digestive tract, improving digestion. Our gut is said to be the “second brain,” as 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut lining as well as 70% of our immune system.
A healthy gut is vital for our digestion and for our immunity, mood and energy levels. As we age, the natural production of collagen decreases, making it even more important to include it as a supplement in our daily routine.
Consume more antioxidant-rich foods to protect your cells from the inflammation initiated by fear. Some examples of antioxidant-abundant foods include berries, dark green veggies, orange vegetables (such as carrots, butternut squash and sweet potatoes), and nuts and seeds (such as pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, chia and hemp seeds).
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