Stressed? Anxious? You May Need More Vitamin B.

Vitamin b

Hello loves, ❤

Stress is a big thing that we all encounter, some more then others 😦 It’s unfortunate but we need to learn to deal with bc if we let it take its toll, this is where we fall into ruts & feel down etc.

I have purchased Mega B from Natures Way & I am so excited to try this bc it helps out the body so much.

See below the benefits of the different types of Vitamins B ❤

The research into the importance of B Vitamins for dealing with stress is well documented. One study coming out of Swinburne University in Melbourne found that participants taking a Vitamin B-Complex supplement reported a 20% reduction in work related stress. This is in contrast to the control group in the study, who were given a placebo and reported no significant change in stress levels.

Vitamin B is not one vitamin, rather it is a group of vitamins that can help support our bodies during stressful times.

Let’s look at each of the B Vitamins that can help support your body during stressful times, and why each is important.

VITAMIN B1: THIAMINE

Foods rich in thiamine include fish, nuts, seeds and green peas.

Thiamine is needed for:

  • maintaining nerve health.
  • mood regulation
  • energy production
  • may play a role in memory and concentration.

VITAMIN B3: NIACIN

Foods rich in niacin include beetroot, beef liver & kidney, fish and seeds.

Niacin is needed for:

  • supporting the digestive system.
  • mood regulation (B3 deficiency can lead to depression, irritability, stress and mood disturbances).
  • Energy production.
  • Control of blood sugar and nerve health.

VITAMIN B6: PYRIDOXINE

Food sources of pyridoxine include bananas, beef / turkey liver, tuna and chick peas.

Pyridoxine is needed for:

  • helping manufacture neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which aids in the body’s ability to cope with depression, stress and anxiety.
  • immune system support.

VITAMIN B9: FOLATE / FOLIC ACID

Food sources of folate include broccoli, spinach and dried legumes (chick peas, lentils, beans).

Folate is needed for:

  • energy production.

VITAMIN B12: CYANOCOBALAMIN

Food sources include fish, meat (especially liver), poultry and dairy.

Vitamin B12 is needed for:

  • general brain support.
  • supports melatonin and serotonin production (both of which are critical  to mood, relaxation and sleep.

CONSIDER A VITAMIN B COMPLEX SUPPLEMENT

The B group vitamins are not stored b y the body like many other vitamins and minerals. Whatever B Vitamins you eat that are not absorbed by your body are excreted within hours. As such, a Vitamin B Complex like Nature’s Way Mega-B taken daily might be of benefit, particularly during times of stress when we tend to neglect our body and diet. Taking a Vitamin B Complex supplement is a good way to ‘top up’ your daily vitamin B levels and, research suggests, may be an effective way to reduce stress levels (or at least better equip our bodies with the right nutrition to deal with stress).

I will start taking note of how I feel etc & I’ll re-group in about 4 weeks & share how I am feeling & if my stress levels have improved ❤

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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You Are What You Eat

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

Hello loves, ❤

Happy Wednesday 🙂 It’s Wednesday here in Sydney, Australia AND… Winter is coming, brrrrr. I am having to pull out the knits, the sweaters, the big coats & the scarves.

We are here today to talk about, YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.

Now I am a big, firm believer on this – I cannot describe how much I believe in this.

The reason I am such a big advocate for this is bc I have experienced this first hand.

Now, as most of you all know over the last 4-5 weeks, I’ve been feeling really BLEH (thats probably the best way to put it) Now when I get into these mindsets, I either fall 1 of 2 ways.

1: EAT EVERYTHING IN SIGHT
2: DO NOT EAT AT ALL

When I am stressed, the above 2 pointers is what my body goes through.

Now, there was a good 5-6 day streak 2 weeks ago whereby I ATE EVERYTHING IN SIGHT. Chip, chocolate, lollies, McDonalds, pizza… Now even though this was satisfying my sweet tooth for about 3 seconds, the aftermath is what I felt the most.

I felt bloated, I felt lethargic, I felt so tired, I felt unmotivated, I felt so anxious, I felt depressed, I felt upset. I also noticed my face was getting a little pimply 😦

Now I know for a fact that this is due to the fuel (food) that I am putting into my body.

My body was literally running off sugars, sodium, artificial flavours, artificial sugars etc.

For example, you can’t expect a car to run good on crappy fuel.

Then last Monday I said to myself, I AM GOING TO STOP THIS & START FUELLING MY BODY.

I have chosen to not touch lollies, chocolate, fast food, junk food & even dairy.

I’ve noticed when I eat dairy, it tends to run straight through me (TMI, I know, I am sorry) & I also feel VERY bloated. Does anyone else feel this way?

I’ve switched out my milk to ALMOND MILK – Best choice I’ve made. Almond milk is delicious, I have been having this in my granola, in a oats & even in my hot chocolates (but I’ve even stopped the amount of hot chocolates I have been having)

Almond milk is healthy for you, please see the benefits below:

  • Reduces Blood Pressure

  • Maintains Healthy Heart

  • Strengthens Muscles

  • Improves Kidney Health

  • Vitamin E to Help Skin Health

  • Improves Vision

  • Strengthens Bones

  • Anti-Cancer Properties

  • Boosts Immunity

I’ve been more aware of what I am eating & what I am putting in my body & also where it comes from.

Having said that, when we change what we eat & focus on being more healthy, this also changes our thought pattern, I feel so much more positive & energised. I am sleeping better, I am less anxious & I feel happy.

Has anyone ever had the same experience whereby they feel YUCK after eating fast food or junk food & then feel completely different after they eat healthy food?

I am hoping some of my lovely followers can relate to this ❤

Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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You Need To Understand This About Anxiety

You Need To Understand This About AnxietyHello loves, ❤

I feel that anxiety is not spoken enough BUT… I love being so open about this on my blog ❤ I feel that all people need to understand the below:

1. Anxiety is not just ‘worrying’.

Worrying and being stressed out are completely different animals than having anxiety and being diagnosed with a mental illness. While of course stress and worry can do damage on your health, anxiety is not just biting your nails or freaking out about exams during finals.

2. Having anxiety is truly a chemical imbalance in the brain.

Anxiety is a true illness. It is not like a broken leg where you can put a cast on it, and let it heal. It takes therapy and medication sometimes to help symptoms, but that doesn’t necessarily mean those symptoms will go away permanently.

3. When someone is having a panic attack, telling them to ‘calm down’ won’t help.

When someone is having a panic attack, you can’t reason with them or give them orders to just ‘relax’ or ‘breathe’. Panic attacks have a mind of their own, and they are truly powerful.

4. If someone takes medicine for anxiety, that doesn’t mean that they are unstable.

Because there is a chemical imbalance in their brain, medicine is the key to some people for effectively taking their symptoms to a level where they can about their day to day life without a high level of worry.

5. Anxiety does not equal weakness.

Just because someone struggles with anxiety or any mental illness for that matter, doesn’t mean that they are smaller than you or weaker than you in any way. Their brains are wired differently. There should never be any shame in having anxiety, just like there should never be any shame for having a cold or for having a broken arm.

6. Most people with anxiety are braver than most people.

People who struggle with this illness are incredibly brave and strong. They have to go about their day to day lives, and on top of everyday challenges, they have to try to conquer their own demons. For some, it is a battle every damn day.

7. Panic attacks and anxiety can happen out of nowhere. There doesn’t need to be a reason for it.

A lot of the time when people have panic attacks, others will try to come up with a reason as to why it happened. But sometimes, there isn’t any reason. There doesn’t have to be a reason.

8. Having a panic attack is not a dramatic cry for help.

Many people who don’t understand anxiety, don’t understand how someone could think they are dying when they realistically are fine. What you need to know, is that, when people have panic attacks, there is no connection between reality and what they are truly feeling. Panic attacks make individuals truly think that they are taking their last few breaths. To know that feeling and to have experienced it, is not dramatic at all. It’s just scary.

9. You aren’t any better or stronger than someone who has a mental illness.

We all have obstacles to go through in this world. We all have our struggles and our personal issues that we have to deal with. If you know someone who has a mental disorder, don’t treat them as if they are any less of a beautiful person than someone who doesn’t have a mental disorder.

10. Anxiety comes and goes as it pleases.

Anxiety can leave just as often as it can come back to you. Some days, you can feel on top of the world, and some days you can feel utterly miserable with anxiety and panic raining down on you.

11. Anxiety is a not a laughing matter.

Anxiety is not a joke. Anxiety is not funny. Anxiety is not something to ever laugh at. Period.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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Get Rid Of Those Menstrual Cramps & PMS

PMS has a bad reputation with very good reason. Painful cramps, mood swings, depression, fluid retention, bloating, breast tenderness, cravings, headaches, back pain – We all know, it’s definitely NO fun!

Thankfully, there are some simple and natural tips that can relieve symptoms of PMS or even prevent pain.

We show you the best home remedies for menstrual cramps.

 

#1 Heat is your best friend

Heat helps to relax the contracting muscles in the uterus. Applying a hot water bag on the lower abdomen is the easiest way to control menstrual cramps. A warm bath is another effective form of heat treatment used to reduce the pain.

(Add a cup of Epsom salt. It is high in magnesium, which is important for your muscles – and muscular contraction of the uterus is what causes cramping during menstruation.)

 

#2 Stay away from caffeine and dairy products

Try to avoid caffeine and milk as much as possible. Having too much of them can make your cramps worse. Avoid foods and drinks that contain caffeine or cow milk during your period. (even one cup of coffee can increase pain by 30 percent.)

 

 #3 Chasteberry

In modern medicine, chasteberry is the most commonly recommended herb in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome. Also known as the “woman’s herb“, chasteberry affects many hormones that regulate women’s reproductive cycles. It is even approved as a drug in Germany for these purposes.

 

#4 Iron

Poor nutrition can lead to deficiencies which will worsen menstruation symptoms. Include essential vitamins and nutrients in your diet to rid cramps. Take an iron supplement if excessive bleeding occurs (especially if you are vegetarian as well).

 

 #5 Potassium & Magnesium

Both can act as a muscle relaxer for the uterus and can prevent spasms and cramping. Eat foods that are high in potassium and magnesium like bananas, leafy greens, such as spinach or kale and fish, like salmon, halibut, and tuna.

 

 #6 Ginger, Fennel or Basil

Ginger is a wonder herb that can effectively ease menstrual cramps and the antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties of fennel and basil can help relax the muscles in the uterus.      Try fennel tea, add fresh basil to your diet or put a small piece of ginger into a cup of boiling water and drink this tea three times a day during your menstrual cycle.

 

#7 Take a daily fish-oil supplement

Omega-3 fatty acids could help you reduce pain caused by menstrual cramping. One study found that women who took daily fish oil supplements had less pain associated with cramping than women who simply took a placebo.

 

 #8 Vitamin D

This Vitamin is helpful in reducing inflammation that builds up during the menstrual cycle. Reducing the inflammation will reduce pain in the back and joints.

 

 #9 Do yoga poses

Choose poses that promote relaxation and the stretching of your abdominal muscles. Breathe deeply while you maintain your yoga poses to help you relax your uterine muscles.

 

#10 Exercise

It may be the last thing you want to do, but exercising helps ease the pain during and after. In addition, studies show that women who perform regular exercise have less menstrual pain. Even if it’s just 30 minutes of walking fives times a week, moderate exercise is better than no exercise at all.

 

#11 Essential oils

A little lavender oil can make a lot of difference to your mental state and calm you down. You can also try clary sage oil, it is fantastic to massage into your stomach to relieve menstrual cramps.

 

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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