Try to distress this season with an easy remedies to make this holiday season an enjoyable one -without all the unneeded headaches and anxiety. In fact, there are many natural ways to promote a stress free mind and body!
Do you reach for those salty, greasy or sugary foods or grab a drink at happy hour to calm your nerves? Or maybe your drinking 2 or more cups of java throughout the day to stay wake through it all. These bad diet choices can make you feel as if you are distressing you when in fact they are “food stressors” and should be avoided. When your body is stressed it is actually craving healthy foods rich in nutrients like avocado (high in omega 3), fruits and vegetables (high in vitamins and minerals) not empty calories.
Although people should be getting all of their essential vitamins and minerals from the foods they eat, more often than not, this doesn’t happen. An essential vitamin is nutritionally required; however, the body does not naturally produce enough of it, and sometimes none at all. As a result you must consume it from an outside source.
One group of vitamins that can be easily forgotten is the B vitamin group which can normally be taken as a B-Complex capsule. Your body does not store B vitamins because they are water soluble and an unhealthy diet can easily strip them away. B vitamins help the body convert carbs into energy for the body, but they also play a huge role in the nervous system functioning properly. Not to mention B vitamins are also great for the hair, skin, and eyes and liver.
The stress fighting machines!
Thiamine (B1): Helps with fatigue, irritability, depression, and anxiety.
B1 enriched Foods: wheat germ, nuts, beets, carrots, rice, and whole wheat flour.
Niacin (B3): Helps with mental alertness and anxiety.
B3 enriched foods: salmon, chicken breast, mushrooms asparagus and tuna.
Panthothenic Acid (B5): Helps with stress, fatigue and depression.
B5 enriched foods: eggs, peanut butter, split peas, liver and yeast.
Pyridoxine (B6): Helps the immune system, nervous system, brain development/function and being focused. It also is a crucial one because it helps the body make certain hormones like serotonin and norepinephrine, which affect your mood and melatonin which helps regulate your “internal clock”.
B6 enriched foods: Brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, walnuts, chicken breast, carrots and liver.
Cyanocobalamine (B12): Helps with red blood cell count. Mood swings, paranoia, irritability and hallucinations.
B12 enriched foods: scallops, shrimp, eggs, fish, clams, pork, beef, and yogurt.
Stress – It’s lurking around every corner and before you know it that blood level rises, you begin feeling dizzy, your heart beats faster and you’re overwhelmed! Stress is becoming more and more common and although taking a B-complex vitamin won’t relieve it completely, it’s another step to fighting back and reducing those symptoms.
Have a stress free holiday!
Your Health Nut,