The Stress Solution
I hope you are not feeling stressed right now. If you are, I am here to help you feel less stressed and figure out how to handle your stress naturally. For that reason, we are going to get straight to the chase.
Here is what you will find:
- Best Natural Stress Relief Products
- Mood Enhancing Herbs
- Nutritional Supplements For Stress
- Why Am I Stressed?
- How To Manage Stress Internally
Best Natural Stress Relief Products
You will find many products on the market that are marked as stress relief products. But, do they work? What ingredients are in there? Are these stress relief products safe for me to take? I know doing research on every ingredient and product can be cumbersome.
Here are my favorite Stress Relief Products if you want to jump ahead into safe, derived from nature and effective products to help.
To assist you on your own search, I have a FREE checklist for you to help you learn the right questions to ask when buying your next vitamin supplement.
Natural Products that Relieve Stress
When looking for safe products to relieve stress, here are some of the most well researched and effective ingredients.
Mood Enhancing Herbs
- Ashwagandha Root– An Ayurvedic herb that acts as a sedative and nerve tonic that rejuvenates and energizes the nervous system. Ashwagandha has been referred to as Indian ginseng and winter cherry. Studies have shown that it may improve someones resistance to stress.
- Bilberry– Also known as European blueberry, billberry is used as a medicinal plan to prevent the destruction and death of cells and encourages good blood flow. Billberry should not be used by people with diabetes.
- Valerian– A sun-loving herb that acts as a powerful sleep aid and calms the nervous system.
- Chamomile– A well known household herb that aids sleep and acts as a nerve tonic.
Other naturally occurring stress relief supporters:
- L-Theanine– Naturally occurring amino acid that is often found in black and green teas and promotes relaxation. May also aid in decreasing the bodies stress response.
- L-Tyrosine– Found in high protein foods and replenishes dopamine and adrenaline lost during times of stress. May help in preventing cognitive decline during times of stress.
- Sitosterol– A naturally occurring substance found in plants like saw palmetto and stinging nettles that regulates the stress hormone, cortisol.
Taking a nutritional supplement during times of stress
During times of stress your body loses essential nutrients and the ability for your body to properly absorb them. Important vitamins and minerals like calcium and magnesium, vitamin B, vitamin C and potassium get drained. For this reason, it is very important to take a nutritional supplement during times of stress to improve your body’s absorption of key nutrients to help with basic body functions such as good blood flow, proper nerve functioning, digestion and cell repair.
Be sure your nutritional supplement has vitamin b-12. During stressful times this important vitamin gets depleted quickly from the system. It is important for your nervous system to function properly.
Please note, not all vitamin B-12 is created equally. You often see it come in the form of cyanocobalamin which is a cheap version that is harder for the body to absorb. The most effective form is methylcobalamin.
To find vitamin B-12 in food, the highest amounts are found in meats, dairy products, seafood and vegetables such as dulse, kelp, nori and soybeans. Traces of B-12 can also be found in alfalfa and hops.
If you haven’t checked out my checklist yet on what to look for in a vitamin supplement, check it out now.
Why Am I Stressed?
You are not stressed. You are just experiencing stress.
Your true self, your true spirit is one at peace. However, in this existence and in our current environment, we often are exposed to situations which cause our body get our heart racing, drain our energy and alert us to fight or run.
A little bit of stress from time to time isn’t that bad. It can help us accomplish a task or break a running record. What becomes a problem is when you have too much stress or chronic stress. When this happens, any energy stores that you once had get depleted.
You are not alone, 8 out of 10 Americans say the are tired on a daily basis.
If you are struggling to figure out why you are stressed, take a look at these different areas in your life.
- Emotional Stress – loss of a loved one, relationship strife
- Physical Stress- injury, illness, childbirth
- Spiritual Stress- doubt, fear
- Environmental Stress- toxins, allergies
Stress can come at us from everywhere. We may be aware of the source or we might not be but what you are feeling is your body protecting you when it senses things are not right.
The Breakdown of Your Body Under Stress
The stress response in the body comes down to your nervous system. It has to do with your parasympathetic and sympathetic systems which control ALL of your body functions.
When your body, mind and soul are at peace, you are feeling calm and relaxed. Your body can focus on important tasks such as digestion, nutrient absorption, waste elimination, clear thinking, immune function and healing. This is your parasympathetic state.
You’ve heard of fight or flight I am sure. When these feelings arrive, this is due to our sympathetic nervous system. When this mode kicks in our body prepares to preserve itself. Your bodies natural alert system goes off, much like a smoke alarm and it sends messages to other parts of your body to focus on self preservation. This means, attention is taken away from your immune system and digestion. You may find you are breathing heavier, you start sweating and your heart races. Your body is preparing for you to focus on strengthening the body quickly so you can handle the stress in the moment. After this happens, you can experience exhaustion.
This is your sympathetic nervous system in full swing.
How To Control Stress In Your Body
- Practice deep breathing
- Avoid stress during meals- this helps improve digestion
- Adopt an attitude of gratitude
- Before going to sleep, read or listen to something inspiring or relaxing
- Explore energy techniques such as meditation, reiki
- Journal what you are experiencing and how you want to feel
- Incorporate calming herbs into your diet
- Go outside to commune with nature and enjoy the sun (vitamin d)
What else has worked for you? We would love to hear.
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