Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Sleep Well

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:

  • Stress
  • Nervousness and anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • 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.