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How can moms battle the effects of stress?

Let’s face it, moms today face a lot of stress. So much of it is brought on by our culture, and the pressure to perform. It is important that you learn to do what is best for you and your family, and don’t let outside forces influence you as much.

Battling the effects of stress

That being said, we STILL have a lot of stress in our lives, even when we begin living our own priorities.

In this post, I want to share some natural ways you can try to relieve, and counteract, some of your stress.

Necessary Legal Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I am simply sharing what I have found in my research and what has helped me. Please consult your physician as there may be underlying health issues.

On a recent visit to my doctor, as we were going over my bloodwork results, he shared with me multiple areas I was deficit in. He also shared that several of those areas could be affected by increasing my vitamin intake through food or through supplements.

While supplements are not the cure for stress, they can help you as you seek other ways to decrease and manage your stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. They are not meant to be band-aids to keep barreling through life, popping vitamins. Your body can only handle so much before it will eventually rebel.

Let me share some of what he shared with me:

Vitamin D

Most of us know that Vitamin D is good for our bones. What we may not realize is that it is also very crucial in the release of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine and and serontonin. Medical studies show that even though a lack of Vitamin D may just play a small part in depression, effective supplementation may improve mood, and help increase overall well-being when added to a patient’s wellness plan. source

vit d

  Nutritional sources of Vitamin D

  Salmon

 Tuna

 Milk (whole does have more than skim)

 Fortified cereals

 Pork

 

Vitamin B12

The National Center for Health and Wellness states that an insufficiency in B12 can lead to irritability, confusion, anxiety, and stress. Those symptoms describe a lot of the stressed moms I’ve talked to! In a study done by the National Center for Biotechnology, “those who received treatment reported significantly lower personal strain and a reduction in confusion and a depressed/dejected mood after 12 weeks.”

B12

    Nutritional sources of Vitamin B12

     Shellfish

     Beef liver

     Beef

     Skim milk

     Fortified cereals

Vitamin C

We all have heard that vitamin C can possibly help fend off a cold or other respiratory infection, or at least keep it from worsening. Interestingly enough, a study was done that showed that increased amounts of vitamin C can actually reduce the effects that stress can have on the body. Higher amounts decreased the amount of cortisol that was released into the body during times of stress. Increased cortisol for extended periods can cause lots of harm physically and mentally. source

vit c

   Nutritional sources of Vitamin C

         Oranges

         Bell peppers

         Strawberries

         Broccoli

        Cantaloupe

        Kale

Omega 3

These fatty acids helps to keep stress hormones under control, as well as regulating adrenaline. Studies also show that Omega 3s can reduce the increased heart rate that comes with stress. source

omega 3

Nutritional sources of Omega 3s

Walnuts

Salmon

Flaxseed

Tuna

Scallops

 

This is the first post in a series, to share what I have learned firsthand about the effects of stress on one’s life and body. 

Note: If you have been stressed out for a while, you might want to read this post: I’m not depressed, it’s just stress and 10 ways to avoid a mental breakdown


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