Stress and tension can sometimes seem an unavoidable part of modern lifestyles, whether it is ongoing or just for a short hectic or worrying time, there are natural ways to reduce the effects of stress and the negative health impact it can bring.

Reduce Dietary Stressors:

  • Restrict intake of caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates such as pastries, white bread, white pasta & rice
  • Reduce salt and eat more potassium foods such as potatoes, bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes & dark green vegetables.
  • Take Omega 3 Fatty acids to improve membrane fluidity and nerve cell function in the brain which impacts mood and mental function. A daily tablespoon of Flaxseed Oil or Oil blend is helpful. See Terranova Organic Omega Oil.

Nutrition:

  • Magnesium is known as the anti-stress mineral as it greatly supports the nervous system, adrenals, energy and blood pressure. See KIKI Health Magnesium Oil, Terranova Magnesium/Calcium
  • Urinary excretion of Vitamin C is increased during times of stress so it is good to increase levels.
  • Vitamins B6 and B5 are also important in supporting adrenal function, found in whole grains, pulses, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet potatoes and tomatoes.
  • Ginseng also exerts beneficial effects on adrenal function and really enhances resistance to stress. Ginseng increases can restore vitality, increase energy, mental and physical performance whilst reducing the body’s response to stress. Chinese Ginseng (Panax) is thought to be more potent than Siberian though both have a positive effect. Research has shown significant anti-anxiety effects. See Drasanvi Vital Pur Energy and Drasanvi Panax Ginseng

Lift your Mood:

If life is getting you down and you are not yourself, as well as incorporating lifestyle and dietary measures already mentioned you may benefit from increasing Tryptophan.

Tryptophan is an amino acid that increases levels of serotonin and melatonin in the brain. It is particularly effective when taken alongside Vitamin B6 and B3. Foods high in Tryptophan are whole grains, soya, yoghurt, beans, chickpeas and rice.

5-HTP (Griffonia Simplicifolia) offers even more advantages over Tyrptophan. 5-HTP causes an increase in the levels of endorphin and other neurotransmitters that are often decreased in cases of depression. In trials it has been shown to be highly effective in boosting mood and sleep and has even rivalled standard anti-depressant drugs.

Lifestyle: 

  • Learning to calm the mind and body is extremely important in relieving stress. One very powerful way is to practice relaxation techniques and breathing with the diaphragm everyday.
  • Taking time out for yourself to relax and unwind with mood enhancing music, candles, essential oils.
  • Taking exercise daily whether it is a walk, yoga or the gym
  • Taking in the daylight as much as possible in the morning.