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Dave Foreman

Stress! Tips to relax

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

Who doesn't have stress? Occasionally I run into someone who says they don't and I usually tell them that they must not be alive. With our active lifestyles, work, family, traffic the "daily grind", we all have stress. Even the person on the desert island has stress. But what is it and does natural medicine offer any solutions? Stress is the mental and physical response to the demands of our daily life. But how much can your body handle? We are not all created equally and therefore our symptoms and needs are different.

Stress facts:
  • 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
  • 75 to 90% of all doctor's office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
  • Stress is linked to six of the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
  • Here are some symptoms of stress:

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach problems
  • Racing heart
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Many health issues have been linked to stress, such as asthma, chronic fatigue, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, high blood pressure, IBS, ulcers, skin diseases, anxiety, depression and alcohol abuse. It is important to acknowledge that you have stress and learn to deal with it. Chronic stress can wear down the body's natural defenses, leading to a variety of physical symptoms. Here are just a few:

  • Weight gain
  • Indigestion
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Increase in appetite
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Problems sleeping
  • Upset stomach
  • Muscle tension in neck, face, shoulders
  • General aches and pains
  • Fortunately, Mother Nature has provided us with a ton of nutritional supplements that can help. I always start with a good high potency B-complex like a B-100 and magnesium. Going back to my biochemistry in pharmacy school, we learned that certain B vitamins like B-6, folic acid and B-12 along with magnesium, play an important role in supporting the nervous system. Add in the lecithin granules and you have an amazing mix to help support the manufacturing and balancing of your neurotransmitters.

    Individual supplements like valerian, passion flower, chamomile and ginseng usually roll off the tongue of those who know a bit about herbal medicine. But there are a bunch of new players that work great and should not be overlooked. Examples are L-theanine, Suntheanine, Rhodiola, Relora® and Tyrosine. Instead of trying to find the needle in the haystack or trying to play mixmaster, I recommend you look for combination formulas that use multiple ingredients directed toward your stress. Here are a few of my favorites: Supercritical Stress Advantage (New Chapter); StressAssist (Futurebiotics); Stress Formula (Vitamin Shoppe); Calming Tea (Yogi Tea); Calm Thoughts (Source Naturals); Calms Forte (Homeopathic by Hyland's); Ex-Stress (Nature's Way).

    This is just a small list of what is available on the market. Each of these formulas offers unique qualities to assist with your body's ability to either deal with stress or recover from it. It is best to consult with your health enthusiast for the product that will be right for you. In most cases, these products will work within days. Formulas that focus more on the nutritional components like B-vitamins will take longer to work but be better for you over the long haul.

    Finally, incorporating the 4 Pillars of Great Health will have a relatively quick impact on your body's ability to deal with stress. As I mentioned earlier, stress is something we all have to deal with. With these simple suggestions you can feel better and hopefully avoid some of the other health conditions linked to stress.

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