A Stressful Lifestyle Can Disrupt More Than Just Your Day. Help is at Hand!
Stress is inevitable sometimes. With your busy, hyper-connected, super fast lives, you have so much to think and worry about. Money. Work. Family. Relationships. Friends. Before you know it, you've gone from hyperactivity to full on anxiety. And when this happens, stress becomes a looming reality with far-reaching consequences for your mental and physical wellbeing. You can learn about how what you put in your body can help reduce and manage your stress levels.
Stress May Begin in Your Head, But it Doesn't Stay There.
Stress can drive your body to a full-body "fight-or-flight" response. Here's what happens in response to stress. Your body releases the hormones adrenaline and cortisol which increase your heart rate and blood pressure. Cortisol works to put your immune, digestive, and reproductive systems on standby. It floods the bloodstream with sugars to feed the elevated activity of muscles and organs that are driven by adrenaline. But when stress becomes persistent, this process can result in chronically elevated blood sugar levels and issues with heart health, sleep, digestion, weight, and memory.
You Can Fight Stress and Win!
No one can control what happens each day, but you can prepare your mind and body to respond in ways that dial down stress. A daily multivitamin and a few simple strategies could help.
When under emotional or physical stress, you're even more likely to make bad nutritional decisions. A multivitamin is a way to help counter that and fill up on the nutrients you may be missing.
Add some nutritional stress-busters to your diet - nuts, dairy, fatty fish and whole grains are all great.
Practice mindfulness or meditation to regain focus and feel calm.
Take a break and go for a walk. As well as improving blood circulation, exercise also releases endorphins, which are "feel good" chemicals that counter stress.