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Written By Wellness Heights on October 1, 2019

How many of you feel like you are a duck on water, cool and collected on the outside and paddling your brains out under the surface?  Stress can be both physical or psychological.  Both types can deplete nutrients.  Why don't we all handle stress the same?    The answer may be because our biochemistry is different.  

Your ability to handle stress may be due to your nutritional status. Just because you eat healthy it doesn't mean you are healthy.  It increases your change of being healthy, but doesn't guarantee it.  What supplements can you take to help you handle the effects of stress on your body?  Here are 3 recommendations that may help you better cope with stress.  

  1. Magnesium
    Stress causes an increase loss of magnesium which may you feel exhausted because magnesium is needed to make ATP (energy).  You are tired so you drink caffeine, which will further increase loss of magnesium.  There are over 300 enzymatic reactions with magnesium in the body.  Supplementing with magnesium also has a relaxing effect because it is a calcium channel blocker.  
  2. Zinc
    Zinc has a huge impact on neuropsychological symptoms and is also anti-inflammatory.  It is vital for functionality of more than 300 enzymes, one of them is involved in serotonin production. Feeling stressed and depressed?  A zinc deficiency may be the cause.
  3. B complex
    There are 8 kinds of vitamins in the vitamin B complex: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9, also known as folic acid), and cobalamin (B12).  B vitamins are needed to drive the chemical reactions that support your body’s many functions.   I don't recommend taking B vitamins close to bedtime because they may give you a burst of energy.

It is important to establish a baseline with micronutrient testing before self supplementing.  If you start taking a bunch of vitamins from your local store you may do more harm than good.  Supplement quality and supplement dosing is important. Too little may be ineffective, too much can cause an imbalance in another nutrient.    You can take large dosages of magnesium on a daily basis and actually cause a B1 or calcium deficiency.  Achieve your balance with micronutrient testing and let us help you function at your best!

Posted In: Stress Nutrition Wellness