The easiest ways to beat stress is exactly the same way you can grow yourself a younger bod : with NUTRITIOUS FOOD!
A balanced diet directly influences stress since nutrition controls total body functioning, from the central nervous system and immune system to hormone production and all our major organs. In fact, vitamins like magnesium actually relax muscles but a diet in high fats inhibits the absorption of this very important vitamin, leading to muscle tension.
Furthermore, stress depletes vitamins! So it’s a vicious cycle that may start off with nutrient deficiencies, but each stressful event exacerbates the problem. The unfortunate part is that it doesn’t seem that much of a problem at the time. You can easily live with nutrient deficiencies and not realize it. But people with nutrient deficiencies are operating at a sub-par level and are more prone to stress.
When your body is functioning optimally, life is easier! Stress is a natural and necessary part of life, so why not consider doing the easiest and kindest thing you can do for yourself: eat a more nutritious diet?
If you have time, check out this 15 minute video about vitamin deficiencies and stress, “Nutrition by Natalie”.
If you don’t have time to watch the video, follow this link to find out which vitamins and minerals stress sucks out of you. This way, you know which ones to consume to help you control your stress.
Acute stress or chronic stress will deplete the following vitamins and minerals:
B5 or Pantothenic Acid (whole grains, veggies and fruits)
B6 or Pyridoxine (whole grains veggies and fruits)
B1 or Thiamine (whole grains, and enriched cereals)
Magnesium (spinach, almonds, beans and wheat germ)
Zinc (oysters, red meat and poultry)
Vitamin C (citrus and berries)
If the majority of your diet contains whole foods, nuts and seeds, then you’ll have the vitamins and minerals to help your body and mind manage your stress better.