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"Vitamin-rich Living: How to Prevent Nutrient Deficiencies caused by Stress"

"Discover the effects stress can cause on your nutrient status, particularly Vitamin B & C. Tips on ways to  support and manage stress, prevent deficiencies & optimise your health. Read Now!"

We see so often in the clinic space the effect stress is having on our society. As a nutritionist, I understand the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle to support an individual with the stress levels to reduce the impact of disease. But did you know that stress can also cause nutrient deficiencies?! Specifically Nutrients such as vitamin B and vitamin C, due to the body's increased need for these vitamins during times of stress, which can lead to fatigue, weakness, and a compromised immune system.

When we have high levels of stress around us, this can cause an increase in the body's need for vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B and C. These vitamins help to support our immune system and maintain energy levels, especially our adrenal glands, so when we're under stress our bodies require more of these nutrients specifically, nutrients as a whole. If we're not getting enough vitamins and minerals via our diet, this can lead to nutrient deficiencies which has a cascade effect causing fatigue, weakness, and impaired immunity.

So, what can you do to minimise the negative effect stress is having on our nutrient absorption and metabolism?

There is so much we can do as individuals to support our stress levels and that of our loved ones. Things such as exercise, mainly that of yoga and walking (especially in nature), meditation or breath work, and self care (baths, time alone, with friends and family). Additionally, we want to make sure you are eating a balanced diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods provide the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs for the chemical reactions to function optimally. And if you find that you're still struggling with nutrient deficiencies, you may want to consider taking a quality supplement.

Some foods rich in Vitamin B include: broccoli, meat (chicken, steak, lamb, fish), chickpeas and kidney beans, wholegrains, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.  

Some foods rich in Vitamin C: Kiwifruit, broccoli, capsicum, berries, oranges and potato. 

Most importantly, It is also important to seek professional help if you ever feel like it is all getting to much. 

A qualified nutritionist can work with you to support your eating habits that will meet your specific needs and help you to achieve what optimal health is for you.

Stress…… can play havoc on our body and cause us to be depleted in nutrients. Especially your B vitamins and vitamin C, due to the increased need to support you through these times. By adapting stress management tools, eating a balanced diet, and seeking professional help when needed, you can help to ensure that your body is getting everything it needs to stay healthy and strong. If you think the stress is affecting you body and you are experiencing fatigue, weakness or a compromised immune system to name a few, consult with a qualified nutritionist or dietitian to develop a strategy that will support you and your health. We can help you identify nutrient-rich foods and supplements to include in your diet to support you and your health. Take care of yourself.

P.S. Remember, the key to maintaining optimal health is to take care of your body, mind, and spirit. So, don't neglect the importance of stress management in your overall wellness plan.

FAQ’s

  1. How does stress cause nutrient deficiencies?

Stress causes nutrient deficiencies by increasing the body's need for certain vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin B and C, both of these are essential for supporting the immune system and maintaining your energy levels. When the body is deprived of these nutrients, it can lead to deficiencies resulting in an increased symptomatic picture. .

  1. What are the symptoms of vitamin B and C deficiency caused by stress?

Symptoms of vitamin B and C deficiency caused by stress can include fatigue, weakness, impaired immunity, to even poor wound healing.

  1. How can I manage stress to prevent nutrient deficiencies?

Managing stress through techniques such as yoga, meditation, and exercise alongside increasing your  wholefoods within your diet can aid in the prevention of nutrient deficiencies. 

  1. What types of foods are rich in vitamin B and C and can help prevent deficiencies caused by stress?

Foods rich in vitamin B include meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk, and whole grains. Foods rich in vitamin C include citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, tomatoes, peppers, and broccoli.

  1. What to do if I am struggling with nutrient deficiencies which are caused by my stress?

Increase foods which are high in vitamin B and C. This can be done via consuming a wide range of wholefoods, including animal products, vegetables, fruits and wholegrains. Supplements can be arranged should they be deemed necessary via your practitioner.

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