Nowadays, stress has become a popular word in both media and daily life. Stress is a major factor of such diseases as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, etc. This is to say stress is so dangerous. By embracing nature along with the extratives and nature-based lifestyles, stress can be avoided, or significantly decreased.
Stress can create physiological changes in your body.
Stress can create physiological changes in your skin, heart rate, digestion, joints, muscle energy levels, the hair on your head, and countless cells and systems you don’t even know about change with every emotion. Stress has been discovered to be a major cause of premature aging. When “fight-or-flight” situations become frequent, the skin is consistently starved of both blood and oxygen, making it dull and lifeless, less hydrated and more prone to breakouts and clogged pores.
When your body is under the stress response, your cortisol and insulin levels raise. These two hormones tend to track each other, and when your cortisol is consistently elevated under a chronic low-level stress response, you’ll likely notice that you have difficulty losing weight or building muscle.
Cortisol is sometimes called the stress hormone in the body. There are other reasons coritsol can be secreted into the bloodstream. Cortisol is secreted by the adrenal glands helps your body to have proper glucose metabolism, regulation of blood pressure, Insulin release for blood sugar maintenance and Immune function.
I’ve been studying many of the botanicals found in nature and the one that I found that has the greatest effect on my body is the mangosteen fruit grown in Southeast Asia used for centuries in healing.
In the pulp of the Queen of Fruits as it’s known, is the inner portion of the fruit and is soft and fleshy and where the amazing taste of the Mangosteen is derived. The taste of the Mangosteen pulp is likened to a combination of strawberry and orange.
The pericarp is the portion of the fruit that surrounds the seeds and pulp and is also considered the skin or rind. While with most fruits the rind is discarded, the rind of the Mangosteen contains over 40 known xanthones which gives mangosteen its superior nutrition.
The leaves of the Mangosteen contain phytonutrients that offer other nutritive values and antioxidants. The health benefits of the Mangosteen are that it’s rich in Xanthones which have been studied (pubmed.com) and show a number of health benefits including:
– Maintaining healthy intestinal function
– Strengthening the immune system
– Neutralization of free radicals
– Support of the cartilage and joints
– Improves the seasonally affected respiratory system (allergies!)
– Reduces inflammation in the body and aids in arthritis
– Possible eradication of some cancer cells (still in studies)