By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods
September 2nd, 2016
School is back in full swing and those with school-age children know it can lead to a lot of STRESS - for kids and moms alike! Trying to keep a healthy balance is easier with these 3 tools in your pocket:
1. Magnesium. Not only do adequate levels of magnesium help symptoms of stress (tight muscles, poor sleep quality, etc.), stress can actually be ones of the causes of low magnesium levels, which intensifies the stress reaction setting us up for a vicious cycle. When you’re under stress - increase your magnesium intake!
2. Probiotics. Chronic stress can suppress our immune systems leaving us vulnerable to every little bug that the kids come in contact with, especially now that they are back in school. Probiotics are an easy way to boost our immune systems and make sure that we are absorbing all the nutrients we are taking in. This assures we are in the best condition to fight off infection and viruses.
3. Omega 3s. These nutrients are essential (meaning our body does not produce them on its own), so we have to provide these nutrients through diet. When we are under stress it can cause inflammation, as well as impede our ability to focus and handle mental fatigue. It is easy to add an oil supplement to support our brain into a morning smoothie or on our salad at lunch.
Relax! We are here to help you handle all the stress a busy school year can create, for more information about these products and others ways to beat stress, come see us at the Shoppe!
The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.