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Stress & Nutrition

Updated: Jan 7




Stress;

Noun;

Any emotional, physical, social, environmental, or other factors that require a response or change. 






In other words, stress is what one can feel when the demands of everyday life exceed one's ability to meet those demands. However, stress goes far beyond our emotions, and no matter the cause, prolonged stress can lead to many physical changes including reduced immune and digestive functions, and imbalanced in hormone and enzyme levels, and therefore, having a damaging effect on our general state of health. 


The hormones responsible for chronic stress has been shown to stimulate the conversion of protein to energy to maintain energy levels.

Yes, you read that right. Chronic stress leads to your body eating up those muscles you have worked hard for.

And that's not the end of the bad news, chronic stress depletes certain essential nutrients and will eventually lead to adrenal insufficiency or complete shutdown of the adrenal glands, therefore, resulting in exhaustion, or otherwise known as chronic fatigue.


Leading medical experts estimate that 90% of disease is directly caused, or at least complicated by chronic stress. The research also explained the relationship between anger related to stress and increased blood clotting, linking this emotion to coronary heart disease.


If you are experiencing chronic stress, you need to ensure adequate intake of Omega- 3, due to deficiencies has been shown to enhance inflammation and affected mood.

For those who aren't following a healthy balanced diet, you are at risk of inadequate calcium, magnesium, and B-complex vitamins which are all heavily involved in supporting the nervous system to deal with, and minimise the effects of stress.


HOW CAN A DIETITIAN HELP?

- Analyse your current intake and lifestyle habits to create a personalised food and nutrition plan full of delicious recipes rich in the micronutrients your body needs to support you through stress.

- Reverse muscle wastage by ensuring adequate high quality protein intake and absorption.

- Ensure you replenish, or avoid depleting your micronutrient stores for optimal health.

- Provide you with further education and information around a Wholistic approach to stress management.

- Recommend nutritional products that have strong evidence in assisting you to adapt your reaction to stress.


If you are ready to start dealing with your stress and support your body to optimal health, Click here to contact Nikki to discuss the right plan for you.



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