Stress, yes stress, I believe is the primary catalyst for change. A necessary part of all life that initiates the need for growth and development. While there are some many fascinating and necessary situations that life holds to witness the importance of stress, both in us and the world around us, sometimes that stress is more than we can bare at the time.
I recently had an experience regarding overwhelming emotional stress brought on by the joys of raising children. At one point I described to a friend that the situation had made me feel like I had been kicked in the metaphorical balls. For two days I could feel myself falling further and further into the black hole of misery.
I noticed at first my temper was short, very short, which was unlike me. I shrugged this off as being angry about the situation and went on with my day. Exhaustion soon found me, and again I was quick to blow off the next clue that something might not be right. After all I was under a tremendous amount of emotional stress, and this is normal right?
The next morning getting out of bed was the most difficult thing I had done in long time. As I dragged my body over to my writing station, I could feel the weight of the world crushing down on top of me. After 9 hours of good sleep, all I wanted to do was go back to sleep. I was so tired I couldn’t drink my coffee.
This was not like me. Although I know depression is a normal reaction to emotional stress it’s very easy to fall into the sleep trap. The feeling of being increasingly cold didn’t help.
As I sat at my writing station fighting to keep my head up I could feel my body, buried under the weight of the world, make a small request for a drink I use to rehydrate after a big workout. Reluctantly, I made my way into the kitchen and choked back the Vitamin C rich concoction.
To my surprise I could feel my bubbles coming back and I started to have energy again! This was great. Back to writing I went tapping away on my keyboard, as if I had been cued by some sort of Energizer Bunny commercial. I then suddenly became the ‘other guy’ again, and my bubbles start to fizzle out as the weight of the world came crashing down upon me again.
This time I heard a louder craving for the drink rise up from inside me, and again it gave me relief from my symptoms for a short period of time. I found this very promising and with a desire to kick this funk before it got out of control I dug out my ascorbic acid (pure unbuffered Vitamin C) and made up a batch of green tea concentrate.
Green tea has for me been a staple in the happy department for years. I’ve always found it helps me feel vibrant and full of not just caffeinated energy but life!! You can make a green tea concentrate by placing 5 tea bags into a 1L mason jar and pouring boiling water over them. Let them sit in the water until it’s cool. This can be added to juice or smoothie any time and keeps in the fridge for almost a week.
A quick internet search backed up what I had suspected. Stress can cause a decrease in Vitamin C. One of the symptoms of Vitamin C deficiency is depression. Lets take a step back her for a second and think about the pathology of deep long lasting depression. I know that had I not listened to my body, and got up to make that drink, there’s no way I would have been motivated to make myself some healthy raw vegetables for lunch (if you cook vitamin C it dies), I would have wanted nice warm comfort food and junk food to help make me feel better. This in turn would have led to a further depletion of vitamin C in my body, taking me further and further into the black hole of misery.
Knowing what I know abotut nutrition and vitamin C, I knew that taking it to bowel tolerance was going to be the key to overcoming my little funk. Every time I felt like I was fizzling out again I had another drink. 5 seemed to be my magic number.
I decided to further kick the crap out of my funk and make my self a new playlist on youtube called Outa my Funk. Nothing like some fun music to take away the rest of your blues, and took two multivitamins (B supplements would have worked too).
If you decide you want to give this a try make sure you stay home for the day. Taking vitamin C to bowel tolerance (aka Vitamin C flush) can really purge you. In case you don’t know what bowel tolerance is, it’s when the body has all the vitamin C it needs you poop out what you don’t need (is the short simple version).
¼ glass Green tea Concentrate
1 scoop Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator
1 Vega scoop Ascorbic Acid
Add water to fill the glass and drink periodically throughout the day.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I am by no means qualified to diagnosis or give medical advice of any kind, let alone a serious health condition such as depression. I am simply sharing this from my personal experiences and observations. I know that I now have this drink when I wake up in the mornings, and I will continue to use it periodically during my day as needed, based on the amount of stress I’m experiencing.
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Hi, I'm Cyndi Bird, hobby homesteader, aspiring writer, amature photographer, art and craft enthousiast and wanna be cook.