Tired all the time? Feeling full and bloated? Unmotivated for your general daily tasks? Altered sleep patterns including not getting to sleep or staying asleep for the duration of the night? Craving sugary sweet foods? Feel like the whole world is crumbling down on you?

Stress and anxiety are a response from our nervous system, telling us that things are on overdrive. The sympathetic nervous system sends a signal of ‘fight or flight’ when we suddenly begin to stress or we feel anxious. But what happens?

  • Altered metabolism of nutrients, and possible fat storage rather than use for energy
  • We secrete cortisol (our stress hormone), to calm things down, but long term excess cortisol can cause a myriad of problems including sugar cravings and fat storage, interrupted thyroid and hormonal responses
  • interrupted sleep patterns
  • Failure to concentrate and stay focused

How can we support out nervous system to help deal with stress and anxiety?

  • Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, especially leafy green vegetables
  • Consume high amounts of the B vitamins group, including beef, turkey, tuna, sweet potato (all high in B6), Salmon and lamb (b12,b6)
  • High antioxidant food intake, berries and leafy greens
  • Possible supplementation with magnesium & zinc
  • Cook with turmeric (ALL the time!), anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich herb that will support detoxification in the liver and aid in combating free radicals (damaging to the cells)
  • Consume olive oil, nuts, fish and possibly supplement with a high quality fish oil if fish is not your thing. High omega three intake can help healthy functioning of the cell membrane, sending signals around the body (nervous system health)
  • Herbal teas: Ginko biloba, liquorice root extract, ginger root extract

 

Emily Bingham
EMpower Fitness and Nutrition
August 2015