We’re all familiar with the word stress. It wreaks havoc with our health in so many ways. Often associated with emotional issues, it‘s the underlying issue behind most chronic health problems. When you break it down, emotional stress has many levels to it. Looking a little deeper into its effects, you have to realize the toll it takes on your nutritional status. Stress puts a strain on your physical body and heightens the body’s requirements for certain nutrients.
Think about a car that idles too fast. It requires more fuel in the long run because it is wasting it while idling. Your body does the same thing while sitting at your desk. By reacting to a stressor, your body goes into fight or flight and floods your system with adrenaline and cortisol. Your muscles are primed with sugar for the impending crisis and yet you’re just quietly sitting at your desk doing nothing.
That’s wasted fuel. In this case, it’s fuel that is increasing inflammation and aging your brain. The inflammation ups your requirements for nutrients to balance it out. Eating a SAD diet—standard American diet—doesn’t meet those requirements, so the inflammation rages on. Nutritional stress occurs whenever you don’t meet your body’s needs for specific nutrients. Your needs vary according to lifestyle, stress and exposure to chemicals.
One of the most common missing nutrients for most people is methylfolate. It’s a B vitamin essential for the health of your neurons. Miss it and your brain can actually atrophy in certain areas. The same goes for methylcobalamin. Most people are deficient in both of these vitamins and they are essential to having a healthy brain as you age which is why we include both in TianChi.
Something you can’t get from TianChi though is the essential omega three fats found in fish oil. Your brain is made up of about 30% DHA, one of the most important omega three’s you need to keep sharp and slow down the aging process. Fish oil is loaded with it and you should be taking some on a daily basis. Your brain cannot do without it and a long-term deficiency might put you in the doctor’s office looking for a drug cure to a nutritional problem. This type of nutritional stress is actually more common than you think.
– Roger Drummer