6 Nutrients That Help Stop The Toxic Stress Cycle

Stress is a fact of life. But even though you can’t eliminate it, healthy lifestyle practices like exercise and a diet rich in micronutrients (like the ones in UP Protein) can counter it’s negative effects on your body and mindset.

UP Proteins doesn’t just support your physical body, it’s nutrients can help support optimal mental wellbeing, too. According to a recent survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, more than 80% of respondents reported experiencing emotions related to prolonged stress. That’s not good for a variety of reasons. In addition to feeling frazzled, chronic stress can contribute to hormonal imbalances that drive a range of serious health issues. The good news, however, is healthy lifestyle changes and a nutritious diet can curb stress’s impact, including by regulating levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, supporting neurotransmitter production, and more.

See The Top 6 Stress Melting Nutrients in UP Proteins

Complex Carbohydrates:

Supports serotonin production

Carbs are known to help increase the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that elevates mood and curbs stress. However, the refined carbs can also spike blood sugar, leading to low energy and poor mood shortly after. That’s why it’s so important to choose complex carbs. Not only will they provide a mood boost, but they also contain fiber to help buffer your blood sugar response-keeping your mood and energy on an even keel. UP Proteins contains 25 grams of complex carbohydrates per serving.

B-complex vitamins:

Supports adrenal glands + neurotransmitters

Many B-vitamins play important roles in the development and maintenance of the nervous system, including the production of various neurotransmitters that can have a calming effect on the body, such as serotonin and GABA. Research suggests that deficiencies in B vitamins may increase the risk of developing stress-related symptoms such as lethargy, irritability, anxiety, and depression as well. Vitamin B5, specifically, may play a particularly important role in supporting the adrenal glands, which regulate stress hormone release. Several studies suggest that taking supplements containing a high dose of B-complex vitamins may improve general mental health, reduce stress, and reduce mental fatigue. UP Proteins contains 59% to 250% of various B-complex vitamins per serving.


Calms the body + supports neurotransmitters

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a role in healthy nervous system functioning and can help relax the body. Low levels of magnesium can contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety, and both physical and psychological stress are known to deplete your magnesium levels-and together, this can create a vicious cycle! Studies have found that magnesium supplementation can help decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increase levels of the sleep hormone melatonin. This is good news, since high levels of stress can often impair sleep and contribute to insomnia. Magnesium binds to and activates receptors for the neurotransmitter GABA, which has a calming effect on the mind and body.


Counteracts oxidative stress

Excessive exposure of the brain to the stress hormone cortisol contributes to issues with learning, memory, attention, and regulating emotions-and this appears to be due, in part, to increased oxidative stress in the brain. Recently, however, research has indicated that the antioxidant mineral selenium may help protect against the negative impacts of stress by counteracting this oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has also been linked to a range of health conditions from heart disease to cancer to Alzheimer’s-so loading your diet up with foods rich in antioxidants like selenium is a great idea for many reasons.

Vitamin C:

Counteracts oxidative stress

Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, and like selenium, it may be beneficial at curbing stress and anxiety by counteracting the oxidative stress that accompanies it. Research has found that supplementation with about 500 mg of vitamin C reduced stress levels in study participants, and that it may play a role in anxiety prevention as well. While UP Proteins doesn’t contain quite this much vitamin C, one serving still provides you with 33% of your daily value. For the rest, consider prioritizing fruits and veggies such as bell peppers, oranges, and berries.


Regulates the HPA-axis

While adaptogens aren’t exactly a nutrient per se, we’d be remiss not to mention them in regards to stress management. Adaptogens are a group of herbs and medicinal mushrooms that have a unique balancing effect on the body, helping you recover from physical and mental stressors and restoring homeostasis to the body. They’re thought to work by influencing the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, or HPA axis, which regulates the release of stress hormones like cortisol; and they may also improve ATP production, which can be beneficial for restoring physical and mental energy, which can be quite low when you’re stressed. UP Proteins contains a range of adaptogenic mushrooms and roots, including maca, shiitake, maitake, reishi, and cordyceps.


Here’s a few of the ingredients in UP Proteins with nutrients that promote relaxation
Organic Reishi Mushroom
Organic Reishi Mushroom
Organic Cordyceps Mushroom
Organic Cordyceps Mushroom
Organic Quinoa
Organic Quinoa
Camu Camu Berry
Camu Camu Berry

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