Previously by Margaret Durst: Joint Pain — Would You Rather Live With It or Without It?
Stress – It’s what most of us have too much of. Coping with day to day tasks and problems can sometimes be overwhelming – especially when the body is out of balance.
If I could run the healthcare system, I would make everyone try a good B-vitamin before ever allowing them to take a prescription anti-depressant. (By good, I do not mean what is sold at discount stores or at supermarkets.)
Look at the following signs of B-vitamin deficiency:
- Worry, anxiety, insecurity, or highly emotional state.
- Trouble with concentration.
- Constantly fatigued.
- Wake up at night and can’t get back to sleep.
- Moody or depressed.
- Always tense, can’t relax.
- Mind races or excessive worry.
Stress and lifestyle choices make us burn B-vitamins. I find that supplementing small doses of the best quality B-vitamins in the correct ratios makes most people feel better to the point that they are happier, less stressed and sleeping well.
My favorite B vitamins are the phosphorylated form from Biotics Research – these are very “usable” by the body and come in several different ratios tailored to specific metabolic issues. My other favorite “B”s are food based, such as New Chapter’s. – These tend to be a little more expensive, but most people find that they work so well that it is worth the price.
The second nutrient I would have people try (if I were running things) is magnesium. Many of us are deficient in this essential mineral as it is hard to get in the average American diet.
Magnesium deficiency signs include:
- Nervousness and anxiety
- Low energy
- Inability to sleep
- Weakening bones
- Hormonal imbalances
There are other issues and remedies that will effect and/or help our stress levels, but the point here is that there are 2 very common deficiencies that effect many people. I always promote fixing a deficiency or underlying problem rather than just fixing a symptom. Fixing a deficiency helps promote long-lasting health – which is what I think should be a priority of any health practice.
Margaret Durst owns The Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason, Texas.