There’s no doubt that stress plays a part in the symptoms of Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis.

Would you agree?

Have you noticed things get worse when times are more stressful?

Or anxious?

Almost certainly.

We all know we need to reduce stress but it’s easier said than done.

Not doing your job, not looking after the kids, not meeting your deadlines. It’s not always possible!

That’s why, below, I’ve listed 5 nutrients that you can use to help start relieving stress and anxiety in your life (sometimes almost straight away)…


Tulsi is also known as holy basil and can be classed as an “adaptogen”.

Basically, this means that it has been shown to help control the stress response in the body.

I commonly recommend that my clients drink 1 or 2 cups of tulsi tea each day and the majority of them notice a huge benefit from it.

For best results, I’d recommend drinking it in the morning or early afternoon.

It’s unlikely you’ll get it from your local supermarket but will be able to buy online, from Ocado, or from a local health food store.

B Vitamins

B vitamins are really important for helping someone to relax and remain calm (not to mention improve energy levels) but are typically deficient in someone with IBD.

This is for many reasons but the most common is that the inflammation in the intestines affects absorption of the B vitamins from the food you eat.

From a stress perspective, B5 is especially important.

We get B vitamins from meat, fish and eggs.  However, if inflammation is preventing them being very well absorbed then it almost doesn’t matter how much of them you eat.

There are many factors needed to help reduce support the inflammatory response in the body which can help with both energy and stress, but turmeric and fish oil are certainly potentially very beneficial.


Magnesium can be great for helping to aid relaxation.

It’s typically something that many people are deficient in anyway, and is normally best taken before bed as it can aid sleep.  It can also be really useful at helping to aid recovery from exercise.

It comes in many forms, but typically I prefer Magnesium Glycinate.

Another reasonably good source of magnesium is from Epsom salts.  Adding a cup of Epsom salts to a warm bath can be really effective.

Magnesium can also be useful for people who are constipated…

For that reason, people with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis who are going to the toilet too regularly should be careful when supplementing with magnesium as it can make your stools even looser.

Therefore, if you do plan on using it then always start with a low dose and increase gradually (I typically recommend building up to 400mg per day if possible).

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can help to reduce cortisol levels (our stress hormone) and allow you to better cope with the daily stressors of life.

It has been shown to having a calming effect on the nervous system (not to mention helping to support the immune system, and contribute towards the reduction of tiredness and fatigue).

A diet with a good, wide, variety of fruit and vegetables typically provides your vitamin C requirements, but for those who may be deficient, a supplement such as Advanced Vitality can help to provide additional amounts (in high doses), along with many other vitamin, minerals and antioxidants.

Glycine is an amino acid that plays an important role in our sleep (and good sleep obviously helps to reduce stress / aid relaxation, and vice versa).

One good source of glycine is collagen.  Check out Advanced Collagen for an ultra-high quality, well absorbed collagen supplement that has many benefits for the gut, skin and aiding restful sleep.

Hopefully you find that of help.

Speak soon,


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