Stress in America – Highest Ever!

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

The American Psychological Association (APA) released their annual “Stress in America” survey results this week – showing that stress levels in the USA are at their all-time highest.

As in previous years, some of the most prevalent sources of stress are money (62%) and work (61%) – but this year, the “future of the nation” was also noted as a significant source of stress (63%) – no matter what side of the political aisle you’re on.

Among general findings, as is the case every year since the survey began, women reported significantly higher stress levels than men (5.1 vs 4.4 on a 10-point scale, where 1 is “little or no stress” and 10 is “a great deal of stress”).

There are lots of natural healthy ways to deal with stress – including any of steps in the SENSE program steps that I’ve been writing about for more than a decade:

S = Stress Management

E = Exercise

N = Nutrition (including Supplements)

S = Sleep

E = Evaluation

It’s important to manage our biochemical response to stress – because unrelenting chronic stress can lead to problems with both Mental Wellness (depression, anxiety, burnout) and Physical Health (obesity/diabetes, heart disease, cancer).

About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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