Vitamins for Stress
Stress is experienced when the body reacts to a certain physical, mental or emotional problem. Stress is the body’s way of combating challenges and preparing the body for a particular situation requiring concentration, alertness, or stamina. Stress can be found in nearly every situation and can be experienced very frequently. It could even be said that everyone experiences stress at some time and some experience it more frequently than others.
A “stressor” is a term used to describe a particular event that provokes stress. Stressors are everywhere including school, work, on buses and trains, and even in the comfort of your own home. The body responds to stress by the activation of the nervous system and certain hormones. The adrenal glands are signaled by the hypothalamus to produce cortisol and adrenaline, which aid in the increase of an individual’s heart rate and respiratory rate. The increase in heart rate and respiratory rate will cause an increase in blood flow to the muscle groups and dilation of the pupils will occur, which improves vision. An increase in sweating is also experienced to cool down the body. These are the normal reactions of the body to stressors and this series of overall reactions is called the “stress response”. The stress response of an individual can help a person respond quickly to a particular stressor; however, stressors can cause problems to the body if the body overreacts about the stressor and fails to return to its original state.
Stress can also contribute to particular diseases or conditions such as high blood pressure (hypertension), insomnia, ulcers, eating disorders, arthritis, asthma, heart disease and eczema. Stress can have a wide range of causes. It can be due to environmental factors such as noise, pollution, cold or too much heat. It can be due to physical factors such as injury and illness. It can be caused by mental problems such as a current relationship status, financial problems, and/or an individual’s employment status. All of these different types of problems create an impact on the human body that will prepare the body for its response to the stressor.
There are preventative measures that an individual can take to help the body avoid stress. Avoid ingesting beverages with stimulants such as caffeine or alcohol. Smoking can also contribute to the occurrence of stress and should be avoided at all costs. Eating fresh foods and plenty of vegetables and fruits can help the body avoid stress. Regular exercise and obtaining sufficient daily sleep is beneficial as well. Allowing relaxation time each day can be beneficial and participating in yoga once a week or getting a massage can also be very beneficial to relieving tension. Organize your work loads and other stressors that are job related.
Stress vitamins and minerals can also be supplemented to your diet, which can be beneficial to avoiding stress. There are several vitamins and herbal supplements available at your local markets that are helpful in reducing stress. One such vitamin is Vitamin B Complex, which is helpful for the proper functioning of the nervous system. Vitamin C can boost the immune system during stressful times. Coenzyme Q10 helps to improve the production of energy and zinc, which maintains the health of the immune system.