Life doesn’t slow down just because we are stressed out. Never-ending deadlines, family obligations, grocery store trips, health concerns, and unexpected events can increase stress in day-to-day life leading to fatigue, frustration, mood imbalances, and burn out. A healthy diet that supports stress hormones, the HPA axis, and gut health can make all the difference in our ability to cope with the stresses of life. Proper intake of B vitamins, zinc, and copper are just a few of the vitamins and minerals that affect stress hormones and mental health. Not reaching adequate and proper balance of these nutrients can cause increases in perceived stress and our ability to cope moving forward.
According to the American Institute of Stress, 83% of Americans report work-related stress, causing missed days of work and increased costs of healthcare. The most common reasons reported for stress are money, work, health issues, relationships, and poor nutrition. Imagine if you could reduce these stresses with a few changes in what you eat and routines and rituals throughout your day.
The most common physical symptom of stress is fatigue, causing major issues in other aspects of your life. Other symptoms include headache, upset stomach, muscle tension, changes in appetite, loss of libido, and lightheadedness. Psychological symptoms of stress include irritability (your exhausted, this is no surprise), anger, nervousness, lack of energy, inability to focus, and depressive symptoms.