A recent report from the American Institute of Stress reported that 77 percent of Americans experience physical symptoms of stress. See if any of these symptoms are familiar to you: fatigue, headache, and upset stomach, often accompanied by anger, irritability, and nervousness.
If any of the following identified causes are being experienced, they can lead to more serious stress-related diseases. Here’s the list of the top seven causes of stress:
1) Employment pressures and insecurities
2) Financial challenges
3) Health concerns
4) Relationship problems
5) Poor diet
6) Information overload and negative media exposure
7) Sleep deprivation
It really doesn’t matter which ones you may or may not be challenged with; here are some things to consider. All mental activity burns phosphorus. With each thought we think, phosphorus is used up. Consider that we have 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts a day, and it’s been estimated that 70 percent of those thoughts are negative. Tests have shown that even healthy thoughts after extreme mental exertion release huge amounts of phosphorus into the urine to be excreted from the body.
Why is this important? Because without phosphorus, we’d be unable to think, to memorize, to reason, or to comprehend. Every brain and nerve cell requires phosphorus, and our body’s pH balance cannot be maintained without it. Additionally, our cells cannot divide without the presence of phosphorus, because this mineral is used in making ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the human body’s fuel. This is why one of the leading symptoms of stress is fatigue.
When we’re stressed, there’s usually that “knot in the stomach” experience along with digestive problems and hyperacidity. So what does the average American do? They reach for an antacid. Antacids that contain aluminum hydroxide inhibit phosphorus absorption. Without adequate phosphorus, bones and brain tissue soften, causing the nerves to atrophy. This contributes to making our dreadful imaginings more vivid and disturbing, further complicating our mental balance.
So, if you notice your feet swelling, any pains in walking or exercising, weakness, fainting, cramps, stiffness in your neck or back, hypersensitivity, or low sex drive, these may well be connected to a phosphorus deficiency. What can you do? I personally keep my diet high in phosphorus-rich foods like
2) hemp seeds
3) mung beans
7) lentils, just to name a few.
If you are a non-vegan, you can include free-range organic eggs with the yolks, which are very high in phosphorus and lecithin (the word lecithin is derived from the Greek for egg yolk). Or you may consider supplementing with lecithin, which is a fatty acid found in many plants (and abundant in animal products).
Additionally, if you’re feeling stressed, make certain you find some quiet time for walks or daily meditation. Get on a regular exercise program and be sure to get plenty of restful sleep. Also, take a good look at your diet to see how many phosphorus-rich foods it contains.
Wishing you a stress-free day,