A bad day at work, money worries, a relationship breakdown, peak hour traffic, the thought of public speaking…
Stress and anxiety can be the unwanted symptoms of innumerable root causes.
While stress is a perfectly natural response, for most people it’s a passing phase. However, for some it can be an all-consuming and ongoing struggle. Over time, constant anxiousness can take a toll on the body and lead to poor adrenal function and other health issues.
The body is designed to deal with stress, via its natural ‘fight or flight’ response. Think of a cave man needing to run away from an approaching lion; the body’s adrenals respond by releasing adrenalin. This makes the body send blood to where it’s needed most – the heart beats faster, the leg muscles move quicker, more oxygen flows through the lungs, the pupils become dilated to allow us to see better, and circulation to the digestive system slows (digestion is the least of our concerns when we’re sprinting from a lion!).
While these responses might sound like desirable super human powers, if we’re constantly stressed and continuously in ‘fight or flight’ mode, our bodies can burn out. Our adrenals can become over-taxed, which can result in feeling constantly tired, like your get-up-and-go has got up and gone, and because your immune system is stressed, you’re more likely to catch any bugs going around.
Managing Stress and Anxiety
Make calming activities part of your every day. Walk, take a candlelit bath or simply take time out to do nothing and just breathe. Sit on the grass, read or keep a journal to get those stressed thoughts out of your head and onto paper.
Add beneficial supplements to your daily diet such as:
- B Vitamins – these vitamins are used up quickly when the body is under stress. So it’s important to ensure everyday intake. In particular, Vitamin B5 is needed for optimal adrenal function and the production of adrenal hormones.
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- Magnesium – the body’s stores of this mineral can be depleted by mental and physical stress, a processed diet and medications. Magnesium is needed to relax the nervous system and it can support healthy nerve function. It’s a sort-after mineral for its calming properties, including promotion of sleep.
TRY: Lifestream Natural Magnesium, from $21.90 for 75 grams
- Vitamin C – this vitamin is needed for optimal adrenal function. It is also an antioxidant, so it helps protect all cells against free radical damage.
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- Withania – this herb has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. It supports the nervous system, and promotes feelings of calmness.
TRY: Lifestream Essential Greens+, from $35.90 for 10 sachets
Lifestream offers a range of wholefood and superfood supplements that can support stress management and adrenal function. To find out more, visit www.lifestream.co.nz