Nailing down a good nutrition strategy can prove to be a game changer for increasing one’s resilience in the face of chronic stress. Conversely, a poor diet may be the primary driving factor in perpetuating symptoms of chronic stress. Alongside any other therapeutic protocol, cutting out sugar, industrial seed oils, grains, and legumes (depending on your sensitivity) could bump up your baseline resiliency to a surprising degree.
In some cases, the nutrition factor (and downstream effects like improved hormone health) may be the root to solving psychological distress.
Your nutrition and lifestyle combo are feedback loops, either in a positive direction or negative. For example, often when we’re stressed—when cortisol is released in the body—the body is told to burn more sugar and send signals to the brain to eat more sugar to fuel the stress response. As a result of eating that sugar, the brain rewards us with dopamine, reinforcing behavior. Over time, this leads to a depletion of key nutrients, like magnesium, that would otherwise help us cope more appropriately from a stress response.
Additionally, if you’re taking prescription medication, there is a high likelihood that those medications are leaching other nutrients from your body that need to be supplemented. In the handout linked below titled, “Nutrient Functions & Deficiency Symptoms” and “Prescriptions and Nutrients,” you’ll find a lot of useful information on nutrient deficiencies as they relate to prescriptions.
On Weight Loss and Hormone Balance:
- Primal Food Pyramid
- Prescriptions and Nutritional Status
- Nutrient Functions & Deficiency Symptoms
- Key Concepts
- Carb Curve
- Food to Prioritize
- Food to Avoid
- Spectrum of Most to Least Nourishing Food
The Problem with the Standard American Diet with Joe Rogan (contains adult language)