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STRESS and NUTRITION
“It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.” Hans Selye
Statistics show that 75% to 90% of all visits to physicians are stress-related. Indeed, stress sets in motion a large arrays of diseases from depression and insomnia to digestive issues, from heart disease to immune deficiencies.
The modern society has altered our response to stress in the sense that we react with a high “fight or fly” response to even non life-threatening situations. In other words, we constantly over-react.
There are different ways to address stress such as meditation, exercise, therapy, and last but not least, nutrition.
FOOD FOR THE BRAIN
The quality of nutrients we feed our brain will have a lot to do with our ability to cope with stress.
When it comes to good foods for brain the fatty acids take the top of the list. Omega 3 foods such as wild cold water fish, salmon, tuna, mackerel, Arctic char, halibut; or plant-based Omega 3 – flax and hemp oils, walnuts and algae. Other good fats, essential for a healthy brain, are present in foods like coconut oil, avocados, all raw nuts and seeds and their oils, eggs and butter.
B vitamins are worth mentioning in this context as they play an essential role in our mental well-being. Foods like sprouts, egg yolk, nutritional yeast, and lamb meat are very high in B vitamins.
As a general rule when it comes to stress we want to stay away from harsh stimulants such as coffee, alcohol, sugar, fast foods and processed foods. And go for organic, unprocessed, raw, local, and foods as close to their natural state as possible.
SUPPLEMENTS HELPING WITH STRESS
Depending on our personal situation, the level and the type of stress, our body’s response to it and the symptoms we exhibit, we can choose the best cocktail of supplements for our individual needs.
Among the most researched amino-acids are: GABA, L-Theanine, 5HTP, Acetyl-L-Carnitine. Using various pathways, they are help the brain to cope with stress, anxiety, depression and mood swings. The mind will learn to slow down and relax. As a consequence, sleep will improve. During day time, we will keep a better focus, and a steadier energy.
The herbal support that we have in rhadiola and ahswagandha, two of the most studied natural adaptogens is worth mentioning. Sometimes, one of these herbs alone can help us keep the stress at bay.
Finally, when it comes to good health, we need to keep in mind that addressing stress is crucial. We need to find what it is that works for us and do it. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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Michaela Brie, ROHP, RNCP
Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner