It is very important that you consider carefully what kind of food you are going to stock up on and create food storage with. Most people think food storage is wheat, beans, honey, and dry milk.
This is not the case. If you do not have enough variety of food, you will get tired of what you have and you will end up deciding not to eat rather than eating what you have.
It is critical that you store a variety of foods that you know how to prepare and which you are used to eating. When hard times come, enough will be changing that you will not want your food or diet to have to change as well.
Familiar meals can be a great comfort during tough times. Another thing you will need to think about is how stressful that tough time will be.
Most likely you will be worrying about finances and the safety of your family, even if you have enough food. You may also worry about illness or upcoming potential problems.
Stress can be a tremendous drain on your body which will require you to need to fill up your body with certain nutrients. However, if those nutrients are not available you could run into health problems.
It is a good idea to store some foods that will combat stress and replace the nutrients that your body uses when it is stressed out. One of the vitamins that your body uses heavily when it is stressed out is vitamin B.
Studies have shown that lack of B1, B3, B6, B9, and B12 can contribute to anxiety and depression and general bad moods. To avoid this lack of nutrients, you may want to store vitamin supplements that contain a lot of vitamin B.
This will help you react wisely in stressful situations and it will boost your nervous system. In addition, B vitamins help your digestive system stay up and running and increase your cells’ ability to use energy.
Another reason that B vitamins are vital part of your food storage is that they cannot be stored in your body very long. This means that your body needs a constant resupply of these vitamins.
The foods that contain a lot of B vitamins include whole grains, brown rice, yeast extract, dairy produce, lentils, liver, green vegetables, seafood, lean meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.
Whole grains, brown rice, canned seafood, nuts, and dried fruit can all be easily added to your food storage to provide variety in the foods that you eat as well as this necessary vitamin B. Even when times get rough and you have to turn to this food storage, you will be able to keep your spirits up by eating vitamin B.
In addition to vitamin B, your body will need vitamin C to combat the stress of hard times. Vitamin C has been proved to lower stress hormones in the blood and it can also not be stored for a long period of time in the body.
Citrus fruits like oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes and grapefruit are well known for their vast stores of vitamin C. Berries such as black currants, blueberries, and strawberries also contain a lot of vitamin C as do cantaloupe, kiwis, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, potatoes, peppers and tomatoes.
While some of these things may be hard to store for a long period of time, some of them can easily be frozen, canned, or dried. Vitamin C can also be stored in supplement form.
Magnesium is another thing that the body uses extensively when it is stressed out. As a result, it is very important that you replace the magnesium or you could suffer from muscle tension and cramps.
This is most commonly found in wholegrain cereals, nuts, pulses, sesame seeds, dried figs, and green vegetables. Of course, this can also be stored in a supplement form, but it will be much nicer to eat a variety of food instead of wheat and a whole bunch of pills.
Another thing that your body will likely lack when you turn to your food storage is milk. Calcium is also essential to allow your muscles to function properly.
Low-fat dry milk and canned fish are most likely your best chances of getting calcium into your food storage. Calcium is one element that can be quite difficult to store in a variety of foods.
Other things you will need to make sure are included in your food storage include zinc, copper, potassium, chromium, iron, and selenium. Combating stress is very important so that you can best look out for your family when you are in tough times. BOLA TANGKAS