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Chronic Metabolic Stress| It’s Time To Start Relaxing

Stress has been a main topic this week for many of my fellow bloggers.  For 10 years I’ve treated people with chronic pain and immune conditions. I’ve seen how the body’s immune system goes into warp-speed when you are experiencing prolonged and chronic dehydration.  And then…

POW! … a ‘normal stress’ trigger happens in your life and your body shuts down with a flare up of pain, illness, IBS, MS, … and a slew of other conditions.  This is a condition of Chronic Metabolic (or internal) Stress.


Cover artThe hormone trigger in metabolic stress, caused by chronic dehydration, is Corticol. A fantasic book to read on the topic of chronic dehydration is by F. Batmanghelidj, MD You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty. Check it out here: $9.99  (the best 10.00 you’ll ever spend!)

And if you’re really a scientific researcher…. here is a research study done on the effect of chronic dehydration stress and corticol.  adrenal cortical responses to dehydration stress in rats

Image result for green thumbs upHere are some more excellent articles on the subject of reducing enviromental stress…

I give these all my green thumbs up!


Stress is a two edge sword. In times of crisis, stress hormones are released creating a “fight or flight” response enabling people to perform super-human tasks. These hormones have made it possible for people to lift cars off babies and animals. However, when these hormones are continuously released they can destroy the human body. According to Web MD:

Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress — a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to various physical symptoms or diseases.

Stress also becomes harmful when people use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to try to relieve their stress. Unfortunately, instead of relieving the stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances tend to keep the body in a stressed state and cause more problems. Consider the following:

Stress can play a part in problems such as immune weakness, gastrointestinal/digestive disorders, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.

Getting a handle on stress means … making some BIG decisions about the direction you want to travel and who you want to BE!

How To Relax

Here are 3 of the best finds that are on the internet … to help you with stress this holiday season.  All of them are FREE and I know you’ll really benefit from them all.  Leave me a comment and let me know what ways they helped you. 

Sanskrit meditation coloring pages

If you are looking for a relaxing meditation to start you on your path to healing and deep conscious meditation, download Sanskrit Meditation Coloring Pages for free.

Within the book, you will find ancient Sanskrit words, meditations, and art exploring the history and healing power of the mind-body connection.

Sanskrit Meditation Coloring PagesClick to download

Dr. Brian Alman talks reveals how to lower your stress in less than 5 minutes

Whether it’s work, money or family that’s the cause, most of us have more stress in our lives than we’d like; it’s pushing our bodies to the breaking point and we don’t know how to manage stress, let alone eliminate it. Dr. Alman is revealing how to lower your stress in less than 5 minutes.

How to Make Lavender Lemonade to Get Rid Headaches and Anxiety  (with essential oils)


Flavoring your lemonade with lavender is a great way to utilize the amazing medicinal properties of lavender. Lavender is a wonderful aromatic herb that calms the senses.

Pure lavender oil is an incredible essential oil to use for your own health and wellness. It’s among the gentlest of essential oils, but also one of the most powerful, making it a favorite of households for the healing properties and uses of lavender essential oil. Lavender oil  has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents, which explains its effectiveness at helping with a lot of health ailments. Lavender oil possesses amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifier, hypotensive, and sedative properties.

Florida researchers have found that lavender oil benefits include reducing anxiety and lowering pulse rates in nursing students taking stressful tests. And in hospital settings, lavender aromatherapy has been demonstrated to decrease pre-surgery distress and to be more relaxing than massage or merely resting.(1)

Lavender essential oil has medicinal properties as well. It has been shown to reduce depression, improve insomnia and ease labor pains. And anecdotal evidence suggests that lavender oil benefits those with headaches, hangovers, sinus congestion and pain relief.

DIY Lavender Lemonade with Lavender Essential Oil

  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 5 cups pure water
  • 1 Tbsp. dried, organic culinary lavender (optional one drop of lavender oil where to find)
  • 6 lemons, peeled and juiced approx.
  • Lavender sprigs for garnish


1. Pour 1/2 the water in a pan, bring to boil and remove from heat

2. Add honey and dried lavender let steep for approximately 20 minutes.

3. Strain mixture and pour into larger container.

4. Add lemon juice and the remaining water.  Stir well

5. Refrigerate


Contributing articles


C Katt Krespach, NTP

C Katt Krespach, NTP

C Katt Krespach, NTP is a nutritional therapist and long time activist with a passion for healing arts and social entrepreneurship, …working in both areas for over a quarter of a century. Her site has a worldwide following. is her newest project and coaches brick-and-morter business owners into global social entrepreneurship. She is an author, public speaker, and entrepreneur. You can get Katt’s free edible flowers e-book here and also watch a short documentary on how she overcame neuropathy, significant weight gain, and more with easy, natural and healing mindsets. Follow Katt on Facebook, Wordpress, Twitter, and Instagram.

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