Stress is mental or bodily tension caused by a physical, mental, or emotional factor. Internal stresses include illness or medical procedures whilst external stresses may be psychological or due to social situations or your environment.
Stress can cause or influence the body in many ways, causing depression and anxiety or worsening medical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), insulin resistance, poor sleep and high blood pressure.
HOW DO YOU IMPROVE STRESS LEVELS?
Recent research has shown that the gut microbiota – ( trillions of microorganisms in the gut) which perform important functions in the immune system and metabolism by providing essential nutrients and vitamins - regulates brain function. So a troubled tummy can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Because the brain and gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected, your upset stomach can be the cause or the product of stress.
There are a few things you can do to improve the health of your gut-brain relationship. The first step to a healthy brain is to remove toxins which affect brain health and function. The foundation of all degenerative diseases, including brain related diseases is inflammation. Some ways to reduce inflammation include;
REDUCE CONSUMPTION OF PROCESSED FOOD;
Processed foods lack nutrients required by your cells. Alongside this these foods can often increase inflammation in the body, affecting the gut microbiome, hormones and the balance of neurotransmitters and insulin-resistance. Studies have shown a direct link between inflammation, insulin-resistance and depression. Swapping processed foods for whole foods can have a significant impact on many aspects of your health, supporting your hormone levels, improving sleep and overall well being. One of the reasons why a traditional Mediterranean diet appears to be linked to an improved mood is its anti-inflammatory properties.
REDUCE ALCOHOL AND REFINED SUGAR
Nothing is more damaging to the brain than stress. One of the most common stressors is a sugary, high carb diet. These foods are known to raise lactate levels and trigger the release of adrenaline, disrupting blood sugar levels and leave us irritable.
Consumption of sugar when feeling stressed can often lead to over indulging due to its addictive properties. This can worsen inflammation in the body, affecting the brain. Glutathione is essential for protecting the brain and supporting detoxification by helping to remove toxins from the body. Although our body produces it naturally, when we are stressed, or if we eat a poor diet and drink alcohol, levels of glutathione become depleted. If you are stressed it is recommended to reduce alcohol consumption until you feel better.
Whilst eating a healthy diet can have a profound impact on your mental health, supplementation can be beneficial. Brain plasticity is the ability to build a new environment. It is dependent on an appropriate chemical environment with sufficient oxygen, glucose and nutrients. Your body and brain are under daily assault. Staying healthy involves a healthy liver detoxification system, sufficient antioxidants to protect the body against toxins and a healthy gut and blood–brain barrier.
Some nutrients associated with supporting a healthy gut and blood–brain barrier include choline, probiotics, minerals, uridine and Omega-3.
Minerals: Many minerals are recognised for their beneficial effects in the brain including magnesium, selenium, zinc, lithium and iron. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to anxiety disorders in several clinical studies. Supplementation with magnesium and vitamin B6 effectively reduced premenstrual related anxiety. Whilst magnesium supplementation is beneficial, it works in synergy with at least 20 other minerals and trace elements for optimal absorption and function in the body. Cellnutrition Quinton provides each of these elements in the correct proportions for magnesium, selenium, zinc and lithium to be absorbed and to work effectively in the body.
We cannot totally avoid exposure to toxins. Problems arise when our immune system loses tolerance to chemical exposure and begins to react to them. When this happens we can start to react to a wide range of chemicals and metals. This drives inflammation in the body, which can in turn affect brain health and function. Liver detoxification pathways need a good supply of antioxidants to help counter the damaging effects of free-radicals, and require magnesium, iron and zinc to detoxify optimally.
Cellnutrition Quinton Isotonic is a gentle marine based solution. The concentration of elements mirrors the internal environment of the body. It therefore has a therapeutic effect on the body, re-establishing the internal environment. It is best consumed on an empty stomach, 20 minutes before food in the morning and before bed in the evening.
Omega-3: The Omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are essential for proper brain function. They are one of the most important nutrients for any inflammatory issue.
In one randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, participants took 2.5 g/day of Omega-3 or a placebo. Those receiving the Omega-3 showed a 20% reduction in anxiety. Omega-3 is essential for the fluidity of brain cell membranes, neurotransmitter synthesis and the activity of key enzymes that break down neurotransmitters such as serotonin, epinephrine, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
Having the correct balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 is important for optimum effects and to prevent too much of one shunting out the other. Omegabiocell369 is a 100% plant based supplement which has been created to provide the highest concentration of Omega-3, 6 and 9 and in an ultra-pure form. A unique technology is used in the production of Omegabiocell369 which presents the fatty acids as ethyl esters. These are much smaller in size to triglycerides, staying in the cells for longer so the benefits after consumption last for longer.
Daily supplementation can provide longer-term protection and restoration of the brain cells and
Sleeping for a minimum of 7 hours every night is important to ensure that the brain and body can function optimally. A poor night’s sleep can increase the release of the stress hormone cortisol and effect the hunger hormones ghrelin and leptin. This can influence food choices the following day.
Taking Cellnutrition Quinton Isotonic supports hydration in the body and brain, preparing the body to relax and repair during sleep.
Vigorous exercise has been shown to be a better antidepressant than many medications. Exercise creates brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDMF) and supports improved communication by building new networks in the brain.
Any form of exercise is a good way to reduce overall stress in your body and mind. It can also be an effective way to improve blood sugar balance, to reduce inflammation.
Healthy Salad Recipe
2 diced tomatoes
¼ onion, diced
2 tbsp jalapeño- thinly sliced
1 cup canned chickpeas, drained
½ avocado, diced
Juice of ½ lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp omegabiocell369
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and an extra source of protein if desired.