Stress is a natural feeling, but some do feel it affects their life more so than others. Stress can be taking an exam, time management, a new job or long-term stress. Stress effects everyone differently, therefore it is important to make sure you are dealing with your stress in the most effective way. Stress can have quite an effect on your body, difficultly sleeping, lack of concentration, poor immune system and fatigue.
Lifestyle factors can have an effect on the way your body deals with stress as well. Having a diet high in refined carbohydrates and not enough fruit, vegetables and protein can deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to deal with stress. Limiting alcohol and caffeine can have a positive effect when your stress levels are high. Doing physical exercise a few times a week can also have a great effect on how your body deals with stress. Exercise releases those feel-good hormones so it is important to exercise when you’re feeling stressed.
There are some key nutrients that can help your body in times of stress. B vitamins not only help with increased energy but are also used in helping make more of your feel-good hormones. Fish oil is a fantastic anti-inflammatory and is also a key essential fatty acid which can help to improve your mood. Magnesium is used for an abundance of enzyme transactions in your body, it can help you have a more restful sleep, decrease your stress levels, improve your mood, energise you, help with tense muscles and help your sugar cravings! These nutrients are what your body craves when it goes into a flight or fight response so it is important to keep on top of these to keep you feeling relaxed and happy.
Herbal remedies can be a great addition to your supplements as they can help in a different way to nutrients. We have a group of herbs called adaptogens which are the main herbs you would use to help ease stress. Herbs such as Withania, Passion flower, Licorice, Lavender and many more are very useful in treating stress, anxiety and insomnia. If you would like more information on Stress and how to treat it using Natural Remedies please speak with our wonderful Naturopath Sarah.
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