Our whole lives we are bombarded with messages about sugars, fats, calories, protein and carbs. We cut calories and cut out carbs and/or refined sugars, we watch our fat intake and constantly worry about what we shouldn’t be putting into our bodies.
But what about what we should be putting into our bodies?
When we only focus on how we look, how we want to look, and how others see us. We’re looking into how to get there, and how to get there fast, but not about how to stay there. Why our bodies aren’t cooperating, why we still feel terrible even if we’re “doing everything right.”
Micronutrients are often overlooked for the big in your face obvious points of getting skinnier. While ignoring what it takes to get healthier and stay healthy.
Micronutrients are an important part of our diet at anytime, but even more so when you’re stressed. Stress causes your body to release, use more of and limit absorption of micronutrients, especially Vitamins B,C,E and Magnesium. These are released in response to stress as a way to combat inflammation and give your body the quick boost it needs to get out of the stressful situation.
If stress becomes chronic, and there is no reprieve for your body to rebuild these nutrients there becomes a risk of becoming nutrient deficient.
“Micronutrients are one of the major groups of nutrients your body needs. They include vitamins and minerals. Vitamins are necessary for energy production, immune function, blood clotting and other functions. Meanwhile, minerals play an important role in growth, bone health, fluid balance and several other processes.”
There are seven essential plant nutrient elements defined as micronutrients.
These can often be found in plant based foods. While all micronutrients are important, “the World Health Organization has named vitamin A, iodine, and iron the three in need of immediate attention.”
Micronutrients and Stress
For stress in particular there are five micronutrients—vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc— that play roles in maintaining immune function. Which is important when your body feels there is something that needs to be fought off.
We do not normally get enough
and vitamins A, C, D, and E.
Micronutrients normally found in fruits and vegetables. This is even more so with the new fad diets like Paleo and Keto. When not researched or executed properly, we are missing out on important nutrients.
Learn and take control. If you can catch a deficiency before it becomes a health concern you are one step closer to a healthier, less stressed life. If you are finding yourself in a stressful position or having stressful days more often than not, remember to grab a multivitamin for the time to compensate. Remember that now more than ever healthy eating is important, even if the stress brings with it every craving.
One way while fighting chronic stress that I have found to combat nutrient deficiency, find more energy and get healthier is through fitness apps. I am careful to ignore the calorie counting, the fat shaming and the bad information about carbs and focus on the micronutrients. The things I know my body needs. No food is bad in moderation.
Get Your Micronutrients
If you have the money for membership apps like MyFitnessPal and Noom are a great place to start to track your micronutrients. You can track your micronutrients alongside, calories, fats, steps, anything that you feel will help you get healthier.
Vitamins and minerals can be found in multivitamins if you do not have access to fruits and vegetables, or find that you do not eat enough of your recommended daily intake.
If you find that you have symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, trouble breathing, hair loss and bad cravings, you might be nutrient deficient.
This isn’t a big deal if caught soon enough, and is easily fixed. You can ask your for help, hire a nutritionist or try a fitness app like the ones above. There are many other symptoms, and these symptoms cover other illnesses. Always check with your doctor ahead of time and work through a plan.
Treat yourself like your mom would, or like you would your kids (or your husband!). Even if you find yourself pouting over vegetables, or scowling at fruits, find a way!
Hide your veggies in food, chopped tiny. Try smoothies with fruits and your favourite juice. Try dried fruits for a healthy snack and turn veggies into dip-able chips!
And for those night shift workers out there, know you are likely even more nutrient deficient than most. I’m right there with you, which is why I’m writing this post. You can always check out another of mine about the supplements I find that make living the night shift life easier!
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