Nutritional support for anyone experiencing signs and symptoms of stress largely involves the adrenal glands. Long-term stress and corticosteroids cause the adrenal glands to shrink and become dysfunctional, aggravating anxiety, depression, and chronic fatigue.

An abnormal adrenal response, either deficient or excessive hormone release, significantly alters an individual’s response to stress. Often the adrenals become “exhausted” as a result of constant demands put on them. An individual with adrenal exhaustion usually suffers from chronic fatigue and may complain of feeling “stressed-out” or chronically anxious. He or she typically has a reduced resistance to allergies and infection.

As mentioned in the last article, some used (vitalized) hemp oil, such as my uncle, for anxiety issues and with great success. HEMP, is widely known for many benefits, besides stress.

The nutrients especially important for supporting adrenal function are vitamin C, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), zinc, magnesium, and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). All of these nutrients play a critical role in the health of the adrenal gland as well as the manufacture of adrenal hormones. During stress, the levels of these nutrients in the adrenals decrease substantially.

For example, during chemical, emotional, psychological, or physiological stress, the urinary excretion of vitamin C is increased. Examples of chemical stressors are cigarette smoke, pollutants, and allergens. Extra vitamin C in the form of supplementation and a higher intake of vitamin C-rich foods is often recommended to keep the immune system working properly during times of stress.

Equally important during high periods of stress or in individuals needing adrenal support is pantothenic acid. Pantothenic acid deficiency results in adrenal atrophy, characterized by fatigue, headache, sleep disturbances, nausea, and abdominal discomfort. Pantothenic acid is found in whole grains, legumes, cauliflower, broccoli, salmon, liver, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.

In article nine, I will share information about botanical medicines that enhance resistance to stress.

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Disclaimer: I am an avid reader with a craving for learning about life itself, especially when concerns health, happiness, outer and inner beauty. I am not a medical professional. I am just someone having a need to share what I’ve learned and discovered.

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Kelley is the author of the book,
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