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We all encounter stress on a regular basis. Whether it be difficulties at work, financial worries, relationship problems or bereavement, the stresses of life can have a negative impact on our health.
The adrenal glands produce hormones that regulate our tolerance to stress, therefore nutrients that support the adrenals are a vital part of any stress management programme. Eat a whole food diet. Avoid refined foods, sugars, caffeine and alcohol. B vitamins are vital to stress tolerance and the proper functioning of the nervous system.
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) is required for the production of the stress regulating hormones of the adrenal glands. Vitamin C also plays an important role in adrenal hormone activity. Magnesium, which is needed for nerve health may be depleted during times of stress.
Eating a diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables will ensure a good dietary intake of B vitamins. Tea, coffee, alcohol and sugary foods will deplete the body's store of B vitamins.
The mineral magnesium, found in wholegrains, is required for proper nerve and muscle function. A deficiency of magnesium may lead to tension and irritability, which exacerbates stress.
Taking time to relax is also a key factor in managing stress. Having occasional relaxation therapies with a healthy diet will help to combat a stressful life.
Therapies which you might find useful at Absolute Health to promote relaxation and reduce stress in your life: