Helpful Supplements for Toxic Relationship and Stress Recovery

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During times of intense stress, the body burns through more resources than it can replenish. In this vein, for a sensitive empath a relationship with a malignant narcissist can resemble a life in a gulag.

The emotional and psychological abuse can severely dis-regulate your hormonal system, damage your connection with yourself and make recovery much slower.

This post is not to take place of professional medical advice. I’m a coach, not a doctor. But since it’s a common question I receive from time to time from my viewers and clients, I wanted to share with you what I did shortly after coming out of my relationship from hell to help my body (and brain!) recover faster. Many of these supplements I continue to take with occasional breaks till this day.

Pure Water.

If you can, avoid plastic containers, especially on hot, sunny days. If the plastic leaks and gets consumed, inside the body it can become an estrogen mimicking endocrine disruptor, further damaging the delicate hormonal balance of your body. Instead, try reusable glass containers and look into investing in a water filter. Or if you get your water in larger plastic vessels, pour it into glass and sip like a royal.

For the last 20 years, I’ve began my day with 0,5 L of water to wash away metabolic waste from the night and give myself a clean jumpstart to a brand new day. It’s been a good habit to have.

GABA.

Well, it turns out that my brain is highly prone to anxiety because it doesn’t produce enough GABA. I so wish I knew this when I was in high school to spare myself the additional self-flagellation for being ‘too sensitive!’ GABA is a neurotrasmitter that helps inhibit over-excitability of the brain. Think, the reverse of the well known neurotoxin, aspartame.

Finding this gold, I dove right into research. Turns out that for my type of brain, drinking coffee is not recommended. Makes sense. Coffee can make anxious people even more anxious. I didn’t mind adding supplements, but the idea of letting go of my beloved latte(s) just didn’t sit with me well.

Until I came across the work of Dr. Sara Gottfried who wrote in one of her newsletters that drinking matcha tea boosts the production of GABA in the brain. Matcha. Matcha lattes... Yum. Problem solved.

Since substituting my brown java with the green goodness two months ago, I’ve been feeling much more stable in my moods and my sleep quality has improved. No more getting up at 4 am! For instructions on how I make my matcha latte, see the video below.

In addition to my daily green tea ritual (one only), I also take additional GABA in a supplement form in the morning.

Ashwaganda.

High stress incurred in toxic relationships and enviornments can make your body feel like it’s riddled with a network of bullet holes in the tissues. Ashwaganda helped me seal them up. More. This adaptogenic plant makes you feel more grounded, rooted and solid. I felt as if an energetic boundary was beginning to form around me. This was a huge discovery and exactly what my body needed.

This supplement is also recommended for people who work in high stress environments and for recovery after engaging in intense sports. I’m a fan.

Magnesium and Other Essential Minerals.

Supplementing with additional magnesium has also been helpful because magnesium helps calm the nervous system that gets jacked up in times when stress runs high. I prefer capsules to tablets to avoid binders and fillers and giving my liver less work to do. The dose that has worked for me is 300 mg of mag with cofactor of B6 for better absorption 2 hours before bed.

B-Complex, C and D3

B-Complex helped repair my severely damaged nervous system, vitamin C gave my cells the kick it needed to function properly, and D3 boosted the production of serotonin, the happy chemical, in by brain when sunlight was scarce.

The Mighty Omega-3

While it is not a substitute for seeking professional help, Omega-3 can help keep our brains more resilient and well-nourished.

A Note on the Diet.

What I’ve found works for me the best is to go on a body cleanse when my appetite runs low. I turn to fresh juices and kale salads. I scramble my eggs on low heat. I eat fresh fruit for supper. Keeping it light and nutrient dense has made it easier to bounce from stress and find my footing again. Not to mention the welcome side effects of a glowing skin and more lustrous hair.

Finally, with enough rest and good diet, our energy will start to come back. When that happens, it’s time to move! And since nothing heals us better than love and nature, before you hit the racks, I recommend long walks in a park.

I hope this post was helpful. If so, please clap, share and follow.

If you are suffering from the shock of being subjected to narcissistic abuse, have a look into my FREE three-step SOS program available on my website.

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