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Stress! Tips to relaxby Dave Foreman
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:
Here are some symptoms of stress:
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:
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.