Top nutrients to help manage stress better
A diet rich in essential fatty acids such as Omega 3, or fish oil, has been known to support the psychological aspects of stress, brain nutrition and shown in studies to help with the cortisol balance.
The mineral to support mood and body balance thereby helping with natural relaxation. When deficient, our body can tell as our irritability levels increase and muscle function can be affected, as well as sleeping being fitful.
B Vitamin Complex
There are nine essential water soluble B vitamins that we need every day that are vital for mood, energy and stress response and other actions that can help us deal with stress better, such as sleep and blood sugar balance. These are often best found in a complex and they also balance each other.
There are numerous herbs from the nervines, such as skullcap, passionflower and valerian, which help the body unwind, relax and sleep. Then there are herbs such as St John’s Wort; it works to support balanced mood and can be an important tool when life events and stress get out of control.
The sunshine vitamin but New Zealanders now tend to be sun shy due to its harmful effects with overexposure. Vitamin D can support the body in dealing with fatigue and a balanced mood.
The Gut Brain Link
Our digestive system also affects our mood and stress levels. Science has now linked the gut-brain connection. Probiotics are increasingly used to help the normal response to stress and mood. Always read the label and take only as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Endeavour Consumer Health, Auckland. TAPS NA 9782