Have you been experiencing tightness in your body, tiredness, headaches, sleep disturbances or digestive issues? You may be suffering from stress which impacts both our physical and mental health.
If you are up-against deadlines taking time out to relax may not be an option (do remember that however busy you are compromising on sleep is counter-productive as this directly impacts your productivity!) so ensure you are supporting your body in the best way possible by including the following supplements into your routine;
The body’s main site for Vitamin C is the adrenals, home to hormones that are released during and immediately after stressful stimulation. During periods of intense and prolonged stress these stores can be depleted. As the production of adrenal and thyroid hormones also require Vitamin C, it is especially important that this vitamin is included into your diet.
As vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, your body cannot store is and reserves need to be replenished daily. The daily recommended allowance (RDAs) are 90mg for men, 75mg for women and 120mg for pregnant and breastfeeding women. You should not exceed 2000mg of vitamin C a day.
Stress can be a cause of magnesium deficiency and a lack of magnesium tends to magnify the stress reaction, worsening the problem. Protect yourself during stressful conditions (which require more magnesium use by the body and can lead to deficiency) by supplementing. You shouldn’t be taking more than 350 mg/ day of magnesium.
Magnesium is most effective when taken with B6.
B vitamins can help with stress by working with brain chemistry and balancing neurotransmitters, therefor aiding us in achieving balance over stress. B vitamins are also excellent for energy and blood flow. Taking a B-complex vitamin, might be the best option to help reduce stress and can also help digestive metabolic processes which might be affected negatively during stressful periods.
Vitamin D plays an important role in metabolic and immune system functions. Evidence shows that Vitamin D deficiency is associated with sleep problems, particularly daytime sleepiness, and a lack of energy. Support yourself during the winter months with a daily Vitamin D supplement.