Controlling "Fight or Flight" Reaction
So today, let's finish up this topic by figuring out how to "control" "fight", "flight" or "freeze" response.
Okay . . . so there's a part of the body's nervous system that's called the "parasympathetic nervous system" that acts like a "brake". It promotes what's called the "rest and digest" response . . . that calms the body down after our "perception" of a situation has passed.
This is an automatic nervous system that counterbalances the action of "fight", "flight" or "freeze". And it consists of nerves from the brain to the lower end of the spinal cord that supply internal organs, blood vessels and glands with the calmness they need to function properly.
Now . . . "Rest and Digest" is a relaxed state in which the body heals and repairs tissue, corrects and eases digestion and aids in the elimination of toxins.
And unfortunately . . . getting into this "relaxed" state takes more time than it does to enter "fight, flight or freeze".
But "conscious" eating can help this process of becoming relaxed.
So what food choices will help?
Well . . . that would be:
Almonds, Asparagus, Avocados, Blueberries, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Ceylon Cinnamon, Garlic, Green leafy vegetables, Pineapple, Red onions, Salmon and Walnuts to mention just a few.
These foods can help to put the body in "rest and digest" when it feels "fight, flight or freeze".
Other ways to handle the stress of today's world would be . . . making sure your vitamin D levels are normal. Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids have shown to help reduce stress levels and improve mood.