We Cannot Stress Nutrition Enough!

When it comes to stress, nutrition is a key factor in coping and improving mental health.

What is stress?

Stress is the condition in which the heart, mind and body are in tremendous conflict as part of a cycle of negative emotions, like worry, fear, irritation, anger, guilt, ambition and envy. Stress allows us to carry on without actually resolving our issues or simply giving up on everything, as in the case of depression. Stress can lead to depression, but more often it leads to latent systemic disease and chronic health problems.

Stress, nutrition and health

Modern day stress is the single most important mental health issue of our day. It is also a major contributor to many physical diseases as well. Particularly for Americans, stress is a significant cause of chronic illnesses and pain. Stress, nutrition, and disease are related in profound ways.

Stress and disease

The diseases caused by stress read like a registry of modern ills.

  • Either diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion & gastrointestinal problems, ulcers
  • Rashes and skin problems
  • Hair loss
  • Spasms, cramps and stiffness
  • Colds and sinus infections
  • Yeast infection
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Compulsive eating disorders
  • Self mutilation & suicide
  • Tooth and gum disease
  • Insomnia
  • Immune suppression
  • Accidents and bad judgment
  • Fetal disorders in pregnant women

Stress nutrition interrelationship

Stress, nutrition, and health are correlated in two ways:

1.Stress rapidly and aggressively destroys vitamins and mineral nutrients as your body reacts to the stressful impulses.

2. Nutritional losses increase the body’s susceptibility to stress and diminishes the mind’s ability to cope. 

In other words, nutrition controls and influences stress, and stress controls and influences nutrition.  Stress and nutrition are systematically interrelated.  At the foundation of the stress health connection are minerals.  More than any other nutrient type, the body is dependent on minerals for its biological ability to cope with stress.

The stress, nutrition and mineral connection:

Nearly all minerals including many trace elements (the importance of which to nutrition and biochemistry we are only just beginning to realize) are involved in metabolic processes and hormone regulation. This directly affects many cognitive and stress-response reactions.

The most important stress nutrition factors are:

Iron: This biochemical material is essential to brain function because of its role in red blood cells, and oxygen transport. In anemic people, oxygen is not carried to the brain in sufficient amounts for optimal thinking. Iron deficiency literally makes people dull and unable to make good decisions. The USDA has proven the link between iron defieciency and attentiion defecit. Under stressful conditions, the ability to think straight can mean the difference between life and death. Iron nutrition can help reduce stress through better brain oxygenation.

Could iron be a hidden stress-nutrition factor?  Nearly every health authority is aware that perhaps 25-50% of American kids are iron deficient, and many adults as well.

Magnesium: Magnesium aids in the transmission of nerve impulses. Magnesium deficiency can cause restlessness, nervousness, muscular twitching, and unsteadiness. Acute magnesium deficiency can progress to apathy, delirium, convulsions, coma, and death. Magnesium deficiency has been implicated in ADD disorders. Nearly every American is moderately to chronically deficient in magnesium. When the body is under stress, this particular nutrient, magnesium becomes so rapidly depleted that some people can taste it in their saliva. Magnesium induced stress is a nutrition issue as well as a public health issue.

Manganese: Manganese is involved in carbohydrate metabolism and brain functioning. Manganese deficiency can cause abnormalities in brain function, including madness and Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease symptoms.

Copper: Copper is involved in iron metabolism in the body and in brain function. Deficiency of copper causes anemia, with inadequate oxygen delivery to the brain and other organs. Copper deficiency also impairs brain functioning and immune system response, including changes in certain chemical receptors in the brain and lowered levels of neurotransmitters. 

Zinc: Zinc is involved in maintaining cell membranes and protecting cells from damage. Zinc deficiency can cause neurological impairment, influencing appetite, taste, smell, and vision. It has also been associated with apathy, irritability, overreaction to stimulus, and fatigue. The USDA has demonstrated a link between faulty memory and zinc deficiency. Zinc also plays a huge role in proper immune function. Most of the chronic diseases of our time have both a stress and nutrition correlation.

Selenium:  Selenium is needed for the synthesis of some hormones and helps protect cell membranes from damage.  Hormones affect mood and cognition.  There is no question that selenium is a stress nutrition compound.  Many men and some women are deficient in selenium.

Aluminum:  Believe it or not, trace amounts of aluminum in its colloidal form is helpful to the brain. Evidence is mounting that aluminum is involved in regulating insomnia and sleep patterns, cerebral function, and mental development as well as the cellular environment. It may be involved in enzyme synthesis. Even aluminum in hyper-trace amounts is a stress related nutritional substance.

Tin:  Tin is found in the aorta, brain, heart, kidney, liver, muscle, ovary, spleen, testes, pancreas, stomach, uterus, and prostate. Symptoms associated with significantly below-normal levels of tin typically include depression and/or fatigue.  Tin’s nutritional role in stress reduction is often overlooked.

The modern response to the stress-nutrition problem is rarely to infuse better nutrition into the body.  Instead, many people rely on pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs, alcohol, smoking, and improper eating to compensate for their conflicts and ease the pain of stress. Nutrition for many is not even an afterthought. All of these reactions to stress deplete nutrition even further, especially causing the loss of vital trace minerals.

Stress and nutrition are two sides of a holistic health coin.  Proper nutrition can go a long way in building the biological foundation to reduce stress so you can focus on the behavioral changes needed to find peace and happiness.

Stress nutrition and ION-MIN®

ION-MIN® contains 57 bio-available trace minerals needed to support optimal nutrition and the promotion of good physical and mental wellness.  Plus it is a proven detoxifier and helps remove heavy metals and pathogens that affect good human body function.  As part of an overall plan to relieve stress, our all-natural mineral products can help the body cope with and diminish the stresses of modern life.

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