Top nu­tri­ents to help man­age stress bet­ter

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Omega 3

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.

Mag­ne­sium

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.

Herbs

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.

Vi­ta­min D

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

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