Stress is a vital aspect of our survival and life experience; it can stimulate creativity and resourceful change. Many people can relate positive periods of personal growth and creativity to some particularly stressful time or event. But if stress is not resolved and does not lead to adaptive behaviour or change it will eventually harm us mentally, behaviourally and physically.
Stress stimulates the release of stress hormones which increase heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar levels and perspiration, they also stop digestive processes. This prepares us to either fight or flee when danger threatens. Which is where the “fight or flight” response comes from.
These changes use up certain key nutrients such as the B and C vitamins. Stress-induced behaviours, including an increased alcohol intake, increased smoking and binge eating (particularly of refined sweet foods) also use up these nutrients. However, these are nutrients that the body needs to maintain mental health and a good immune response. If the stress continues unabated, a chronic deficiency of these nutrients develops which leaves the person mentally and physically depleted.
Outright disease will then often follow. As the brain requires B vitamins to use glucose for energy (and therefore to function), it is now accepted that psychological symptoms like depression may offer the first warning signs that the body is lacking certain vitamins. Mentally healthy volunteers who went on a vitamin B-1 (thiamine) deficient diet rapidly became depressed and listless. These symptoms were cured quite quickly by the restoration of thiamine in their diets. One of the best ways to ensure that your body does not suffer the repercussions of a stress overload is to guarantee an adequate supply of these mental and immune-protective nutrients. De-stress and Revitaliser has the right combination and dosage of B and C vitamins to cope with the increased stresses of modern living and to make good the deficiencies resulting from modern food processing methods. De-Stress and Revitaliser, in combination with regular exercise and relaxation, can transmute dread, hangover and lethargy to anticipation, balance and vitality. True alchemy indeed.