Category Archives: Stress

Selenium and Vitamin C: The Stress Connection

A number of nutrients are associated with protection from chronic stress. The basis for this differs between nutrients, but one category of anti-stress nutrients may function through an antioxidant mechanism. Both selenium and vitamin C are important nutrients required for … Continue reading

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Lifestyle and Stress

Lifestyle is known to play a significant role in the human and animal stress response. In studies, lifestyle manipulation is known to alter the susceptibility to stress and by being able to modify its damaging effects. For example, in one … Continue reading

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Is Yoghurt and Anti-Stress Food?

The gut has been shown to be intricately linked to the brain. This connection is via a large neuronal network that extends throughout the gut, as well as a substantial hormonal system designed to carry signals from the gut to … Continue reading

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Stress and Fasting

Fasting is known to cause significant hormonal and neuronal changes. These changes are thought to be responsible for some of the health effects of fasting. Fasting can change brain chemistry through a number of mechanisms and one mechanism might be … Continue reading

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Resistance Training: Not Just For The Young

Resistance training has a number of health benefits. These include a general improvement in physical fitness, as well as specific adaptations that include increased muscle mass, improvements in cardiovascular fitness and reductions in stress levels. Studies have investigated the effects … Continue reading

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Exercise to Reduce Stress Levels

There is an old saying that the best thing for stress is a little strain. What this really means is that exercise (strain) is a good way of managing stress. Exercise is itself a form of stress, and over exercising, … Continue reading

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Can Vitamin C Suppress Cortisol Levels?

There is evidence that vitamin C is able to suppress blood levels of cortisol in humans. In one study a group of researchers administered synthetic corticotropin (a hormone that causes the release of cortisol) to a group of children as … Continue reading

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Magnesium Supplements as A Sleep Aid

Sleep deprivation is a common cause of poor health. In particular sleep deprivation may contribute towards the development of mood disorders and may also perpetuate them once present. Obtaining enough sleep is important because restorative processes occur during sleep, and … Continue reading

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Can Zinc Inhibit Cortisol Release?

The zinc status of an individual has been shown to cause changes to the adrenal secretions of an individual. Because zinc can regulate adrenal secretions, studies have investigated the effects of zinc supplements of stress hormone release. In one study, … Continue reading

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Green Tea: Protective Effects Against Stress

Green tea is a rich source of polyphenolic phytochemicals. In particular it contains high amounts of the catechin variety of flavonoids. Evidence suggests that these catechins may have health benefits in humans and animals. One protective effect of green tea … Continue reading

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