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Staff Favorites for Sleep & Stress Relief

Posted: Thu, 20 October 2016, 16:44

Year after year we get that same feeling - time is going by faster and faster. Our responsibilities are increasing along with our deadlines and demands. It feels never ending and makes us dream of that extra time to cope with everything; otherwise, we are just going to eventually collapse. Especially for those of us living in a fast paced city where stress is imminent and inevitably unavoidable. Unfortunately, it has an effect on our minds and our body's systems. Nowadays, it’s getting more common, to blame all our problems, health conditions and ailments on one simple cause: CHRONIC STRESS. But what exactly is this, and more importantly, is there anything we can do to balance or decrease it.

Stress is your body’s way of reacting to any demand or threat. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which prepares the body for emergency action. It can help you to be focused and alert, even save your life in an emergency situation. But beyond this threshold, stress stops being helpful and can cause major damage to your mind and body.

The nervous system finds it hard to differentiate between daily stressors and life-threatening events. When you constantly are experiencing the “fight-or-flight” stress response in your daily life, it can lead to health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in our bodies. It can affect your immune system, raise blood pressure, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, accelerate the aging process, interfere with your digestive and reproductive systems and leave you vulnerable to many mental and physical health problems.

Manage Stress

Choose a supplement that helps you cope and canalise positively your stress, boosting your mood and energy.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) There’s a reason why this micronutrient is known as the anti-stress vitamin. Helps boosting your immune system and aids dealing with the everyday stress. It has a role in the synthesis of hormones when fighting stress. For instance, regulating the secretion of cortisol and keeps a healthy function of the adrenal glands. At the same time, it helps when people are trying to quit smoking or reduce their alcohol consumption. It’s supposed to help with anxiety and depression and people struggling with headaches and migraines. It is just amazing in all aspects. Ensure you’re taking this Vitamin regularly, remember it’s water-soluble so your body will excrete it throughout the day. Replenish it in your diet or go for a supplement to guarantee the recommended intake.

Vitamin C Is there something this micronutrient cannot do? Vitamin C will help reducing cortisol levels in our bodies. We now know we don’t want high levels of this hormone for a long period of time, This Vitamin will regulate levels in our bloodstream and prevent us from undesirable spikes during stressful situations. Go for a supplement that has the free form of it so you can have maximum benefits. It’s called ESTER-C and will be more bioavailable and easier to get absorbed by your body.

Adaptogens

Botanicals and herbs completely safe and non-toxic, they have a large amount of uses, specifically and primarily reducing mental and physical stress.

Rhodiola well known adaptogen, protects the body overall, increases your well-being. It has outstanding fatigue-fighting and anti-stress properties.

Ginseng this miracle herb has so many benefits, improves concentration, memory and physical endurance. Helps curing naturally anxiety, depression and chronic fatigue.

Ashwagandha one of the most studied and powerful herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. Well known for its restorative benefits. It helps with stress, fatigue, lack of energy and difficulty concentrating.

 

Calm Nerves

Magnesium One of the minerals you should never take for granted. Feelings of irritability, nervousness, and being unable to concentrate may be signs of be lacking it. Stress can deplete our Magnesium levels and as a consequence increase chronic stress. Mg supports adrenal glands which have a main role synthetizing vital hormones.

L- Theanine Derived from Green tea leaves, promotes relaxation, decreases anxiety and reduces rises in blood pressure that can be produced by mental or emotional stress. It doesn’t cause drowsiness and it’s great for enhancing sleep.

Chronic stress is a vast never ending topic, and we clearly can’t avoid it completely; therefore, there are so many aspects to consider when you are trying to reduce it. The clue to achieve minimum levels of stress is following some of the previous steps and trying incorporating them into your lifestyle, I’m sure you will palpate the difference and feel so much better. Don’t hesitate consulting your health practitioner for further information on one of the vitamins and supplements. Choose and take the right one for you to keep you in optimum balance. Remember living healthy and congruently its way easier that it may look like. So don’t stress out trying to de-stress yourself from a stressful fast paced lifestyle. Just go for it and eventually you will start to feel the results.

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