Fear and Stress – An Unhealthy Combination
Jan 02, 2015
Fear and stress can be very detrimental to your health, but fear is the deadliest of all. Fear has many different effects on an individual and the body. On one level, it is a mind killer in the sense that it erodes your courage and confidence, and at the same time it fuels doubt, uncertainty and low self-esteem.
From a physiological point of view, one of the most damaging effects of fear is the stress it generates thus taxing your adrenal glands. It also affects your B vitamins. It depletes them. Your B vitamins are water-soluble and, depending on your diet and supplementation, you may not be getting enough.
Stress also compromises your minerals, such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. As mentioned, stress attacks your adrenal glands. The key purpose of your adrenal glands is to keep you in balance and harmony.
Some folks are taking low dose whole food, food bound types of vitamins. Philosophically they sound great. What people don’t realize is how the body works. Here’s what I mean: the body will use whatever is presented to it as building material. Vitamins and minerals are used based on their molecular structure, which is how the body identifies what is usable and what is not. Vitamins are technically co-enzymes, which you need in meaningful amounts because of the stress factors in life, including the emotional and environmental ones you are living in. Obviously, I’m not a fan of low potency supplements because I feel they will not provide enough support in the long run.
When stress leads to disharmony in the body you are dependent upon the availability and the amounts of nutrients in the body to perform all the functions that are required.
Examine your diet and supplementation program. Make sure you are getting more than enough of what you need based on your life style.
- Michael Schwartz, N.M.D.