Top 4 ways to reduce your stress levels! By Meg The Nutritionist
Top 4 ways to reduce your stress levels!
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Stressed to the max? Anxious? These symptoms can place a huge burden on the body both in the short and the long term. Did you know that long term, unmanaged stress can lead to high blood pressure, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome and even insomnia!
Making sure to keep your stress levels under control is essential to supporting long term health!
Here are some top tips from Clinical Nutritionist, Meg, on how to reduce YOUR stress levels:
- Make sure to get enough protein in your diet! Protein is essential to supporting a nervous system health and reducing stress levels. Key components in protein like tryptophan, glutamine, tyrosine and taurine are vital in boosting mood, reducing stress and supporting a healthy nervous system. Make sure to include foods like grass fed beef, free range chicken, organic eggs, bone broths (Best of the Bone is fantastic & super yummy), soaked legumes and wild caught salmon.
- Drink enough water! Water is key to hydration and flushing out all nasty toxins. It is the ultimate refresher and can help improve energy & stress levels. Often when you are stressed you can rely heavily on coffee, energy drinks, soft drinks and alcohol to cope with all the stress. All these things deplete your body of essential nutrients like magnesium needed to reduce stress!! So make sure to drink at least 8 glasses of filtered water daily and ditch the extra coffee.
- Support your body with magnesium. Magnesium is a truly amazing mineral required for other 300 functions in your body. When you are stressed, your body uses up magnesium rapidly leading to not only, you guessed it, more stress, but also tension headaches, muscle aches, cramps and poor sleep. Ideally, use magnesium internally and apply it topically at night. The Ethical Nutrients Mega Magnesium is a great tasting & rapidly absorbed magnesium powder which can drink every morning. At night, you can apply the lovely Ancient Minerals Goodnight magnesium lotion to relax your body after a stressful day & promote a healthy sleep.
- Focus on supporting your adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands are key players when it comes to stress. Often when you are overworked, over tired and over stressed, your adrenal glands extremely run down, increasing your risk of burnout. It is so important to pay a little extra love to your adrenal glands by supporting them with vitamin C and herbs like Rhodiola and Withania found in the great Herbs of Gold Stress Ease Tablets.