Ways to De-Stress?

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

We all know that too much stress is “bad” for us, but we’re often stumped for ways to easily counteract our stress signals. Here are some simple strategies…

Here is a feature article from the March 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan where I talk a little about why it can be so difficult to relax and de-stress.

Here is a great explanation on Relaxation Breathing from a recent Harvard Business Review article. The “short-version” for this type of creating (that activates our parasympathetic nervous system, which basically puts the “brakes” on our stress response) is to breathe full and deeply for one minute – so the total time spent on each inhalation and exhalation together is 10 seconds, for a total of six breaths per minute.

Finally, here are a few seminars (in mp3 format) that I did about stress balance, mental/physical vigor, and stress fat at a behavioral medicine conference:




I hope some of these help you to relax and de-stress…

Thanks for reading (and listening)!

Shawn M Talbott, PhD, CNS, LDN, FACSM, FAIS, FACN
Nutritional Biochemist and Author
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The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy
Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic
The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House)
The Cortisol Connection Diet – The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House)
Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House)
Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books)
The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012)
A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press)
About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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