Nutrients That Are Lost Or Stolen Due To Stress
B Vitamins: “what stress robs, B’s restore.” B’s are water soluble, and are lost very easily from foods and the body. B’s must constantly be replenished. B’s work more effectively when all eight are present abd in balance. Stress, refined foods, sugar, alcohol, steroidal medications and birth control pills, all deplete B’s To get all the necessary B’s, you must eat a variety of whole grains and dark green leafy vegetables, each and every day. If you don’t, supplementation is highly recommended.
Symptoms of B deficiencies: Mood changes, irritability, nervousness, fatigue, depression, mental confusion, headaches, dizziness, trembling, loss of appetite, insomnia, stress, hypoglycemia, anxiety attacks, cracks at the corners of the mouth, low immunity, hair loss, anemia, food cravings, blood sugar irregularities.
Benefits of Vitamin B: converts food to energy, alleviates sugar cravings, assist in formation of protective antibodies and healthy red blood cells, needed for normal growth in children, reduces the risk of heart disease, brings benefit to those who suffer from PMS, morning sickness, anemia, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression and hearing loss, helps prevent birth defects, cervical dysplacia and colon cancer. Needed to reduce homocystiene levels.
Vitamin C: “the infection fighter.” Stress, extremes in temperature, smoking, alcohol and birth control pills deplete Vitamin C.
Symptoms of C deficiencies: Bruise easily, bleeding gums, nosebleeds, varicose and spider veins, slow healing of wounds and fractures, chronic infection, shortness of breath, allergies and asthma, frequent colds and flu, prickly heat, swollen glands, anemia, weakened immune system, polyps in colon.
Benefits of Vitamin C: Helps the body absorb iron and calcium, natural antihistamine, helps allergies, reduces the risk of heart disease up to 40%, reduces the risk of cancer. Powerful antioxidant, used in prevention and treatment of the common cold, reduces the risk of cataracts, increases resistance to ligament and tendon injury, protects from radiation from xrays.
Zinc: a vital trace mineral known as the “healing nutrient.” A study of oral zinc for the treatment of acne showed an 85% decrease in acne scars in 4 weeks. It assists all other nutrients in the body.
Symptoms of Zinc deficiencies: White spots on the nails, loss of taste, smell and appetite, slow healing, prostate problems, acne, fertility problems, nerve damage, cataracts, zinc loss occurs when one perspires.
Benefits of Zinc: Promotes healing of wounds and burns, protects eyes, improves prostate health, necessary for alcohol detoxification, essential during pregnancy and lactation, decreases premature delivery, improves common cold and sore throat.
Calcium : Natural “muscle relaxant.” More women will die from complications of osteoporosis than from breast cancer, cervical cancer and heart disease combined.
Symptoms of Calcium deficiencies: Muscle cramps, leg cramps, joint pains, osteoporosis, arthritis, PMS, insomnia, arrhythmia, headaches and irritability, poor teeth, restlessness, numbness or tingling in the extremities, backache, menstrual problems.
Benefits of Calcium: Helps build strong bones and teeth, natural tranquilizer, promotes colon health, builds peak bone mass, prevents polyps and colon cancer lowers blood pressure, reduces lead toxicity, regulates heart beat, protects the heart, promotes restful sleep, essential for blood clotting, reduces the many symptoms associated with PMS.
above sourced from nutrition and you