According to the American Psychology Association (APA), “Most Americans are suffering from moderate to high stress, with 44 percent reporting that their stress levels have increased over the past five years. Concerns about money, work and the economy top the list of most frequently cited sources of stress. Fears about job stability are on the rise, with 49 percent of respondents citing such fears as a source of stress — up from 44 percent last year.”
Children aren’t immune from this. With school shootings, social media, just trying to make it to adulthood, and feeding off their parents’ stress, children are stressed out, too.
“Almost a third of children reported that in the last month they had experienced a physical health symptom often associated with stress, such as headaches, stomach aches or trouble falling or staying asleep. In addition, parents don’t realize their own stress is affecting their kids.”
The biggest stress culprits? The APA performed an intensive survey from 2007 to 2010. The top three stressors were money, work, and the economy. Fast forward to 2019 and that still holds true.
Other major stressors include family responsibilities, relationships, personal health concerns, housing costs, job stability, and personal safety.
America’s general concern for their health is too far down on the list. We’ve gotten into the habit of sucking up feeling tired and sick all the time when this doesn’t have to be how life is. And what’s worse, it’s destroying our health from the inside and setting us up for massive medical bills when our bodies can no longer give what the mind wants.
While a nice vacation or day trip to a spa would do you well, you probably can’t put your life on hold just like that. What you can do is make adequate nutrition in the form of whole food supplements a part of your daily routine.
Stress Affects You Nutritionally
Stress is supposed to be purely a survival mechanism. Even then, it burns through certain nutrients to keep you alive and alert. This means sending everything your body has to your heart, lungs and muscles. When this happens, you burn through mainly the following nutrients:
- All B vitamins
- Vitamin C
Iron means blood, which means the river oxygen flows along. Low iron means low hemoglobin, which means low oxygen. When this happens, your body produces smaller, weaker red blood cells. From there, the problem just gets worse and worse. Iron is also involved in converting blood glucose to energy and even helps to support the immune system.
Having low levels of iron is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies and is estimated to affect 1 in 4 women. Men can be deficient, too, but it’s more common in women due to menstruation and menopause. Signs of low iron include:
- Pale skin
- Brittle nails
- Thin hair
Magnesium is believed to be involved in over 300 chemical processes and reactions, from enzyme creation, muscle and joint health, and helping suppress feelings of fear and anxiety. So yes, it’s directly used to keep stress levels under control. Recent statistics reveal that close to 75% of Americans aren’t getting enough magnesium in their diet. Signs of a deficiency include:
- Memory problems
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle cramps and/or weakness
Stress burns through the complete array of B vitamins, which play a crucial role in energy production, hormone balance, mood and so on. They’re directly linked to serotonin, the chemical responsible for making you feel good. Deficiencies lead to a struggling ability to cope with stress.
The challenge with B vitamins is your body can’t store them like it does fat and water. You have to replenish them on a daily basis. As you can imagine, this creates a vicious cycle leaving you with no energy, constantly feeling overwhelmed, and stressed out of your mind.
Vitamin C is similar to magnesium in its wide involvement in your overall health. Vitamin C has been shown to play a role in reducing cortisol. Your anxiety levels rise if you’re not replenishing this nutrient on a daily basis. Like B vitamins, your body can’t store it.
Because your body is an intricate machine where everything is connected to everything in one way or another, focusing on just the above four nutrients isn’t enough. You need a complete array of vitamins and minerals to recover and grow stronger.
Nutritional Deficiencies Lead to Stress Affecting You Physically
We all know how stress makes us feel, from the anxiety spikes to headaches, upset stomach, and fatigue. The immediate signs are obvious, well known. But did you know that stress can literally kill you? It’s not an overnight thing, but chronic stress can be the death by a thousand cuts.
According to the American Institute of Stress, “Stress can contribute significantly to hypertension, elevated serum lipids, diabetes and cigarette smoking. An increased incidence of coronary morbidity and mortality is associated with such psychosocial stresses as poverty, loneliness, rapid sociocultural change, crowding, and having little control over one’s life, especially in the workplace.
“Similarly, there is a wealth of literature linking stressful emotions such as depression, suppressed anger and hostility to various coronary events. And there can be little doubt that stress can precipitate angina, congestive failure and sudden death.”Here is a list of health issues that typically crop up due to chronic stress:
- Mental health problems
- Cardiovascular disease
- Obesity and other eating disorders
- Menstrual problems
- Sexual dysfunction
- Skin and hair problems
- Gastrointestinal problems
Can you turn your health around, and quickly? Yes, with the right nutrients. Lifestyle changes that reduce stress are always recommended, but if you want to stick with changes, you may want to start with specific supplementation first. That way, your mind and body are primed to heal.
Stress & Anxiety Relief Pak
Remember that there are many deficiencies that can cause anxiety and stress. Determining the exact nutrient can be tough and knowing it can change adds to the frustration many times. The Stress & Anxiety Paks are so popular because they address all the potential stress causing deficiencies by combining multiple products into one simple and convenient packet for your patient to take.
OHS has fixed these problems by combining over 100 research-proven stress and anxiety-relieving herbs, vitamins, minerals, probiotics and enzymes into one convenient Pak. All you have to do is take one Pak a day and keep one extra on hand to take if you find yourself in a stressful or anxiety-filled situation.
Essential Vitamins & Minerals - Stress burns through essential vitamins and minerals, especially the energy-giving B vitamins, along with magnesium. Meeting your body’s needs for magnesium has been proven to combat symptoms of anxiety, depression, and restlessness. And since we often reach for dietary vices during times of stress, we’re often not replenishing critical nutrients.
Consuming a diet high in carbohydrates and sugar can directly contribute to blood sugar imbalances. Increased intake of these foods can cause blood sugar levels to peak and then fall. This fall can coincide with the feeling of tiredness, further stimulating cravings for sweet and carbohydrate-rich foods.