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High levels of stress can affect your gut health and cause mineral depletion.

If you are in a period of stress in your life, it can certainly cause gut issues and the loss of certain vitamins and minerals.

Try to follow these diet fundamentals:

*space your meals out to give your digestion time to break down the food you've eaten.

*drink the majority of your liquid 30 minutes before your meal or 1-2 hours after your meal to allow the HCL in your stomach to not be diluted

*stay away from processed food

*only eat 3 meals per day (no snacking) since 30% of all your energy goes to digestion.

You can also structure your meals to accommodate your stress, as well.

For breakfast, focus on foods that are easy to digest, such as a protein smoothie.

Ideally, lunch should be your largest meal, since you have plenty of time to digest it, but don't go overly large, if it is during a time of stress.

Dinner should also be easy to digest and should be eaten 2-3 hours before bed. If you have trouble sleeping, then include a starch with dinner.

Avoid snacking throughout the day so that you don't always have

your insulin rising, unless you have issues with low blood sugar and need a snack to help with that.

Lastly, keep in mind that stress requires greater vitamins, minerals and nutrients to repair oxidative damage and to balance nutrient requirements.

The fastest nutrients to be depleted are B and C Vitamins, Zinc, Glutamine and Magnesium.

These are depleted so quickly during times of stress because these vitamins, minerals and amino acids buffer the stress response and metabolize carbs for glucose.

An HTMA test is a simple and cost effective way to check your mineral status to see where they stand and to see if you need specific supplementation!



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