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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • Posted December 11, 2013

Stress – It’s what most of us have too much of. Coping with day to day tasks and problems can sometimes be overwhelming – especially during the holiday season.

Being calm, relaxed and well rested helps almost everyone be less stressed.

I like to look at basic nutrition to help with stress because I find that most people are deficient in basic nutrients. Most notably, B vitamins and magnesium.

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.

Magnesium is the next great stress buster - most people are deficient in it as well as it is difficult to get in the typical diet - especially this time of year.

Magnesium deficiency signs include:


Nervousness and anxiety


Low energy


Inability to sleep

Weakening bones

Hormonal imbalances

The other place to look if stress is a chronic issue is the adrenal glands. Symptoms of adrenal imbalance are:




Tendency to anger

Poor memory


Supplements that feed the adrenal glands will help balance stress - for more information on adrenals, see my article from 2 weeks ago.

These are the most common issues that “underly” stress. There are other issues and remedies that will effect and/or help our stress levels, but the point here is that there are common problems that affect many people. I recommend addressing a deficiency or underlying cause to promote long-lasting health, rather than just fixing a symptom.

Margaret Durst owns The Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason, Texas.

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