Key Nutrients to Calm Your Stress Response

Nutrition can have a major impact on your ability to cope with both internal and external stressors. Below are the three core areas to investigate so you can better support your body through a holistic approach.

1. Nutrient-dense Foods

Choose protein-rich sources. Proteins are made up of individual amino acids that play many roles in the body including the formation of neurotransmitters that control your stress response and sense of calm. Some foods to include in your diet: organ meats, grass-fed meats, bone broth, free-range poultry or eggs, and fatty fish.

Also choosing full-fat foods is beneficial for supporting the production of various important hormones involved in your stress response, especially the omega-3 fatty acid sources. Some foods to include in your diet: eggs, olives and olive oil, avocados and avocado oil, fatty fish, nuts, seeds, coconut oil, and animal fats.

Another area we sometimes stray away from (thanks to modern diet culture) are carbs. But complex carbs are full of vitamins and minerals and support your body’s production of key players such as serotonin that can calm your nervous system and help you cope with stress better. The key is in choosing complex carbs such as: whole grains, beans and lentils, root vegetables, and seasonal fruits.

2. Probiotic-rich Foods

Your gut is constantly talking to your brain and, when imbalanced from things like a high sugar diet and constant stress, your mood and energy levels can be affected. Some foods to include in your diet that will help you find balance: fermented vegetables, lives, grass-fed cheese, grass-fed full-fat yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha.

3. Mindful Eating & Supplemental Support

Before eating a meal, it’s important to put yourself in a rest-and-digest state. Also known as a parasympathetic state, the point of reaching this rest-and-digest state is to ease your body so it’s able to perform the critical task of properly digesting your food to get the most nutrition possible. Here are some tips to achieve restfulness prior to enjoying a meal or snack.

  1. Take a deep breath before you eat 
  2. Try to stay away from distractions, savor and enjoy your food 
  3. Drink liquids separate from your meals 
  4. Chew slowly and deliberately so that your body has a chance to understand what is going on and into your body so that you can adjust hormone signals accordingly

Although we are a supplement company, we truly believe that consuming whole foods is the best way to get nutrition. Problems arise when you are unable to properly digest or get key nutrients, when you eat too many similar foods on a daily basis, or when you are avoiding certain food groups altogether. Below is a list of supplements that may support your body’s ability to adjust to your internal and external stressors.

  1. Magnesium Glycinate 
  2. Phytonutrient Based B-Complex 
  3. Prolonged Release Vitamin C 
  4. Ashwagandha 
  5. Rhodiola Rosea d
  6. Ultimate Sleep formula
  7. Chelated Zinc