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Don't 'B' too stressed

Posted Aug 24 2009 10:52am
By Carol Harblin (CHHC)

In the daily grind, stress is something that will always be there. It can feed us too, but it depends on how we see that stress and cope with it at the time. It's all about how our bodies deal with that daily stress.

Keeping your B vitamin stores up to par in your body is very important. B vitamins helps our emotional, physical, and mental states. They are dependent at how well we deal with that daily stress.

The key B vitamins that you should think about are B12, folate, and B6.

Alcohol is a popular beverage to consume when we want to de-stress, but is it really de-stressing our body? Our bodies take a toll from all that alcohol consumption. The stomach, kidneys, liver, pancreas, brain, nerves, and reproductive organs can all be damaged with too much alcohol consumption. Over time, alcohol diminishes our nutrients which then results in health concerns.

I know, what a buzz kill...but before you take that drink, why not make sure you are well-fed with the essential vitamins and minerals?
Go for that mushroom burger or that juicy steak, guilt-free! I wouldn't eat a steak every have to also think about that cholesterol level too. (Sorry!)

Childbearing women should be careful of consuming too much alcohol because folate drastically diminishes. If a woman gets pregnant with low folate, the child's physical health is effected.

Where can you find these essential B vitamins in the foods we eat?
You can find them in bananas, asparagus, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, potatoes and even papayas, just to name a few.

So, don't 'B' too stressed about this, your body will know what to do if you give it what it needs!

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