A stressed person's body will hold onto less calcium, magnesium and potassium. Prolonged stress can lead to deficiencies of these minerals as well as B vitamins and electrolytes while experiencing increased production of free radicals which stresses the body further, leaving us more susceptible to illness and slower to heal. Although we'll be preemptively reducing stresses in our lives, when faced with unavoidable stresses, we'll count on certain foods to help our body fight the physical effects of stress.
Here's the list of soothing, stress-relieving foods that we'll be eating more of in 2011 and hope that you will too:
Other recommendations include:
- a diet that's 50% raw fruits and vegetables
- minimize dairy consumption
- limit caffeine intake
- supplement vitamin D to aid calcium absorption
- regular exercise
- "tense and release"progressive relaxation. Tense a muscle group for a count of ten and then release.
- solid night's sleep. For mild, natural assistance, try camomile tea and/or melatonin.
Wishing you a happy New Year!