Spotlight on Stress Less Herbs
Without a doubt, our society as a whole seems more stressed out than ever. The process of trying to balance life, work, and family seems to have everyone stressed out. But what is going on? Stress is a part of life and has been for many years. Perhaps it has less to do with stressors themselves and more to do with how our bodies and minds handle and adapt to the stress. There will always
be stress in your life; the key is to give your body the tools it needs to better adapt to the stressors. Having cognitive resources (a healthy mind), physical resources (strength and energy) and the physiological tools (the chemical reactions in your body) are the keys to managing stress. Your brain health and the balance of the stress response chemicals in your body affect how you respond to stressors. When your body is under stress, it produces a number of reactions. Your brain senses that it is under attack and responds by sending back some physiological responses to stop the stress. The body can also overreact to stressors that are not life-threatening, and over time, repeated activation of the stress responses in the brain takes a toll on the body, contributing to some health conditions, including high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, mental illness, addiction, obesity etc. It also takes a toll on your physical and psychological well-being.
Re-Establish the Balance with Stress Less Herbs
It is important to understand that you will always have stressors in your life and that the key to how your body responds starts in the brain. Re-establishing the brain-body balance is essential for your overall mental health and well-being. Consider supplements that provide your brain with nutrients that help better handle, adapt and recover from the stress response. These groups of supplements are referred to as “Adaptogens” because they help your body to adapt, to come back into balance and for some, cause relaxation or provide energy. Each of the different apoptogenic herbs has a slightly different function so they are
often found in combination supplements for stress and anxiety but can also be purchased as stand-alone products. Some of the more researched herbals for stress are Ashwagandha (88 herbs provide a high dosage for consideration) – this herb is recommended for those that have chronic stress (long-time stress) or stress brought on by hormonal changes. Ashwagandha has anti-stress and adrenal support properties and reduces anxiety. It assists the body's response, allowing adrenals to return to normal more quickly. Schisandra is an excellent choice for acute stress and reduces the reaction to your body’s flight or flight response. Rhodiola helps to increase energy and mental performance in stressed individuals, which tends to drain energy. L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that exerts a profoundly relaxing yet non-drowsy effect. It promotes healthy mood balance by increasing alpha brain waves – an electrical brain activity commonly present when one is relaxed. (88 Herbs also has an excellent L-Theanine formula). Lemon Balm Extract – (also called Melissa Extract) increases the availability of GABA in the brain, which can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and nervousness. Holy Basil (Tulsa) is becoming very popular in teas and smoothies. It is a member of the mint family and produces a calming effect and sense of well-being. Many herbal supplements have been traditionally used without severe side effects. However, herbs have medicinal properties, so it is essential to ask about any interactions with your prescribed meds or present medical condition.
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