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Stress and Mental Tension – Causes, Symptoms, Remedies and Dietary Considerations

Stress implies any condition that harms the body or the mind. The most common disorders associated with stress are heart disease, diabetes, headache, and peptic ulcer. The body and the mind react to any stress factor.


A large number of physical changes take place when a person is under stress. All these changes take place in a split second under the direction of the nervous system.
– Brain and nervous system becomes intensely active.
– Pupils of the eye dilate.
– Digestion slows down.
– Muscles are tensed.
– Heart starts pumping blood harder and faster.
– Blood pressure increases.
– Breathing becomes faster.
– Some hormones are released into the system along with glucose from liver.
– Sweating starts.
Stress in its earlier and reversible stages leads to :
– Poor sleep.
– Bad temper.
– Continual grumbling.
– Domestic conflict.
– Repeated minor sickness.
– Accident proneness.
– Frustration.
– Increase in alcoholic intake.


– External factors include loud noises, blinding lights, heat or cold, X-rays, radiation drugs, chemicals, bacterial and various toxic substances, pain and inadequate nutrition.
– Internal factors include hate, envy, fear or jealousy.


– SAGE : tea prepared from the leaves of sage should be given. The tea is prepared by pouring a cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of dried sage leaves. The water should be covered and infused for several minutes. Strain it and drink.
– HOLY BASIL : It is considered as an anti-stress agent. even healthy persons should chew twelve leaves of basil twice a day, morning and evening, for preventing stress.
– NUTRIENTS : Vitamins A and B, minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium reduces the feeling of irritability and anxiety. Vitamin A is found in green and yellow vegetables. Vitamin B can be found in cashew nuts, green leafy vegetables, yeast, sprouts and bananas. An element of vitamin B complex, pantothenic acid, is especially important in preventing stress.
Potassium deficiency is associated with breathlessness, fatigue, insomnia and low blood sugar. This mineral is essential for healthy hearty muscles. Nuts and whole grains are good sources.

Calcium is a natural sedative. Deficiencies can cause fatigue, nervousness and tension. Dairy products, eggs, almonds and soya beans are rich sources.

Magnesium is known as nature’s tranquillizer and is associated with the prevention of heart attacks. It is found in many fruits, vegetables, seeds, dates and prunes.


– Lifestyle of the patient needs to be changed.
– Optimum diet should be taken.
– Regular exercise and adequate rest.
– Foods like caffeine and many soft drinks, salt, sugar, cigarettes and alcohol should be avoided.

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