Can Food and Supplements Help You De-stress??
In the body, chronic stress kicks the hormone cortisol into high gear. Cortisol then triggers a hike in insulin levels. (Wonder why you crave sweets when under stress??) At the same time, blood levels of serotonin drop. Serotonin is the mood regulator manufactured in the brain from tryptophan and those wonderful B vitamins.
The most important thing to do when under stress is remove the stressor from your life. Try to manage stress by adapting or adjusting to the cause of the stress. Some good ideas:
- Exercise regularly
- Get plenty of sleep
- Try meditation or yoga (I just started a yoga class - it's great!)
- Get the right nutrients in your diet