Stress contributes to IBS and other digestive problems, it is therefore important to try to relieve it as much as possible. However this is easier said than done. We don’t choose to be stressed or to have the worries that we do. However, although lowering it might be difficult, it is not impossible. Read below for some tips on how nutrients can help relieve stress and IBS.
• Keep your blood sugar even by eating regular meals containing protein and complex carbohydrates, preferably in the form of vegetables. When blood sugar drops too low this causes more adrenaline to be produced.
• Eat a good breakfast on the lines described previously (protein and vegetables).
• Eat natural, whole, unprocessed real foods.
• Drink green tea, which contains a chemical called Beat IBS 156 L-theanine, an amino acid that helps produce alpha waves in the brain. These in turn help reduce the production of stress hormones. It is not high in caffeine but if you are concerned about this, you could try a decaffeinated version.
• Eat food high in magnesium such as green leafy vegetables. Magnesium is needed to balance calcium and we tend to eat quite a large amount of this.
• Calcium too is helpful for relaxation. The greatest amount is found in sesame seeds but remember that vitamin D is needed for its absorption.
• The herb holy basil seems to be able to reduce cortisol.
• Try to eat few processed foods, no sugar and no hydrogenated fats.