Hey buddy. There are a few things you can do to relieve the symptoms of stress and depression and reduce its affects on your body and immune system. .....to better deal with the daily helping of stress we are all exposed to ♥
Antidepressants aren't the ideal way to go and preferably you should try to naturally resolve your stress and depression issues first ♥
Foods rich in Tryptophan will help induce natural sleep and aid in reducing anxiety and tension and depression.
foods rich in Tryptophan are ~ bananas, cottage cheese, milk, meat, fish, turkey, bananas, dried dates, peanuts and all protein rich foods ............. turkey sandwiches for supper may just do the trick buddy......... :0)
Eat more foods rich in magnesium ~ magnesium is known as the antistress mineral and will help you deal with stressy situations and just the daily grind of life better.
foods rich in magnesium are ~ leafy and green vegies, nuts and seeds, wholegrain cereals and breads and cold water fishes such as tuna, sardines, salmon and whiting........... the EFA's (essential fatty acids) in the cold water fishes do a brilliant job for me for equalising my moods and stress levels, i try to eat some description of fish each day..... but each person is different and you need to find your own level.
Magnesium is needed in the body for healthy nerve and muscle functioning and of course for heart health. Foods rich in magnesium will also aide in eliminating constipation by increasing the production of hydrochloric acid in the tummy and thus assisting in digestion............ magnesium will also cure an acid tummy.
A deficiency in vitamin B12 will produce symptoms such as chest pains and heart palpitations, headaches and migraines, numbness and tingling and prickling sensations in the outer extremities, dizzy spells, fainting and loss of balance, excessive sweating, excessive urination and dry mouth, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and exhaustion, stress and depression, insomnia and constipation, irritability and moodiness and an inability to think clearly ....Quite scary actually if you don't realise the vitamin factor.
If you are lactose intolerant or vegetarian then it is really important that you supplement your diet with a multi B complex tablet on a daily basis.
Take a multi B complex supplement on a daily basis. The B complex of vitamins is needed to support a healthy nervous, immune and digestive system and will help you enormously in dealing with stress and depression .......... these vitamins, as a whole complex are very safe to take whilst trying to conceive, simply follow the instructions on the bottle..... you can even get multi B complex supplements specifically formulated for pregnant or lactating mothers (if you want to be extra carefull).
They are a water soluble complex and as such our bodies can neither store or produce them, therefore we need to ingest them on a daily basis or suffer the side affects.
When we are placed under added stress such as work responsibilities, relationship dramas, new house, sickness, school studies the first group of vitamins to be used up will be the B complex and in these situations we need to adjust our intake accordingly...... simply take another B complex tablet when you are stressed, as they are water soluble any excess that your body doesn't need will simply be excreted in your urine..... the B complex relies on calcium and vitamin D to be effectively assimilated so if you aren't getting enough calcium and vitamin D naturally take a calcium supplement containing vitamin D3.
Get a supplement that includes all the B's ie ~ B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 as they all work synergistically (as a group).
Dont buy any of the B complex of vitamins individually but rather as a whole group unless specifically told to do so by a nutritionally oriented physician or naturopath.
If you are having trouble digesting your tablets go get yourself some organic apple cider vinegar and put 2 tablespoons full into a glass, mix up and drink up........ the apple cider vinegar will increase the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy and aid in digestion. Ensure you buy organic as the commercial varieties have had way too much of the goodness taken out of them to be used therapeutically. ........ also ensure that you shake well before using to disperse the mother (active ingredient) throughout and that you drink it through a straw to protect the enamel on your teeth ♥
Drink loads of fresh filtered water too as the happiest and healthiest body will always be the most hydrated one.
Water is imperative to life. Without water your body will have a terrible time breathing, digesting food, transporting nutrients, lubricating your joint sockets etc.etc.etc.etc......... nothing substitutes for water. your body needs at least 2 - 3 litres of water daily to function efficiently.
also, try to cut back on drinks such as coffee, tea, alcohol, sodas and soft drinks (if you drink any of them) which will all do great job of dehydrating you and of robbing you of your precious B complex of vitamins... . ie: just 1 can of soda or soft drink will make your body peesh out up to 12 cups of water !!! 1 cup of coffee will make your body peesh out about 2 cups of water ........... read the book by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.... "Your body's many cries for water"...... an astounding and scary and very true read.
Other things that could be robbing you of your precious B complex of vitamins are :- eating too much protein, most otc cold medicines actually, alcohol, eating too much tinned food, antiobiotics ,antidepressants, penicillin, prednisone and aspirin, laxatives and diuretics, the oral contraceptive and eoestrogen supplementation .
Quite a handfull of information here ........ sorry it's a bit long winded but you need to know all this.
Get out in the fresh air and sunshine (vitamin D) and exercise as this will naturally raise the levels of serotonin in your brain and just make you feel fine ........... hey, even if its a walk in the park, or even jumping in puddles when it rains, so long as it puts a smile on your dial buddy .......... works for me ♥
I sincerely wish you the best of health & vitality buddy and hope that you at least drink more water if you aren't already doing that♥♥♥
Answered By: Minx - 4/14/2008