Long-term stress (also known as Chronic Stress) has become a great health burden in our lives today.
Research has confirmed its negative effects are caused by the influence it has on our hormones, and an analysis of over 300 studies found chronic stress even hinders our immune system (1).
Fortunately there are several proven ways to help deal with stress… diet included. So if you’re looking to better manage stress, start with these steps:
1. Address underlying biological causes of stress
Deficiencies in magnesium and vitamin B12, as well as gluten intolerance can lead to stress. Changing your body can change your mind.
2. Supplements can help
Some nutrients may help balance the stress response, such as zinc and the B-complex vitamins, including B6 and B5 or pantothenic acid. Most importantly, magnesium, the relaxation mineral can make a huge difference.
3. Exercise is medicine
Exercise is a powerful, well-studied way to handle stress. It’s the reason exercise can work equally as well as prescription medications for treating depressive symptoms. Try interval training if you’re short on time but still want an effective and beneficial workout.
4. Good quality sleep
Poor sleep can increase stress hormones. In fact, sleep is one of the pillars of health, alongside good diet and exercise. Good quality sleep is largely uninterrupted and around 7-8 hours on average.
5. Find a community
Aim to build your network of friends, family and community. They’re your most powerful allies in achieving long-term health. Facebook Groups are a great place to start looking.
If you are feeling stressed and would like to explore what dietary changes can help you, come chat with us here at Darwin Dietitians. Simply call us on 08 8927 3700 or enquire online here.