The basics of stress
Stress is anything that disrupts what is called homeostasis- the normal functioning of the human body when nothing particularly remarkable is happening. It can be acute or chronic. Acute stress can be brought on by any life-altering event. Fairly obvious examples include:
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- An illness
- A severe or painful injury
- A death in the family
- Loss of a job
It should be noted that even happy occasions may cause stress. Marriage, for example, can lead to a sudden change in lifestyle which can be a source of stress. Then there are newborn babies, which are famous for their ability to run their parents ragged while barely moving. What all of these have in common is that they create an uncertain future and leave people feeling that they’ve lost control of their lives.
If acute stress is caused by sudden change, chronic stress is caused by things people run into every day. Some of these are parts of our lives- working long hours, sleep deprivation, financial problems and trying to keep track of too many obligations at once are common stressors. Social obligations can be a source of stress, especially for introverts. Other sources of stress are physical problems like chronic pain or infection, or nutritional deficiencies, food intolerance, environmental toxins such as heavy metals. If it seems like almost anything can cause stress well, yes. Stress is a very common problem, and with good reason.
Stress and Vitamins
The body often responds to stress in a way that either consumes a lot of vitamins and minerals, or makes it harder to retain them. The adrenal gland regulates the body’s hormone levels, including cortisol, which it produces in large quantities in response to stress. To do this, it needs B vitamins, vitamins C and E, magnesium and zinc. The liver cleanses the body of many environmental toxins, but it needs the right nutrition in order to do this. So people suffering from stress are likely to need more vitamins.
And unfortunately, its when people are under stress that they have the least energy and attention to spare for their diet. They sometimes forget to eat, or eat too much of the wrong things. And since, as mentioned above, nutritional deficiency is a cause of stress, this can lead to a vicious circle. At times like these, people need vitamin supplements.
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