Relieve stress and anxiety naturally

Understanding stress

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. It is normal to experience a little pressure or stress from time to time and these every day small stresses are not harmful. In fact, a little bit of stress can actually be beneficial and help us perform at our best. However, high levels of prolonged stress can be detrimental to our health.

When faced with a high degree of acute stress the body reacts by releasing an increased production of adrenal hormones (adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol). This causes almost all body systems and organs to react: heart rate and blood pressure increase, digestion slows, the immune system is suppressed and blood is directed towards the muscles. In primitive times, these changes prepared people to ‘fight or flee.’ These days, we rarely need this response and instead a state of continual stress can tire the body and contribute to a number of health problems.

Whilst we cannot always avoid stress, we can learn ways to manage it. There are specific nutritional and herbal aids that may be used to help reduce the impact of stress on our mental and physical health.

B complex vitamins + Rhodiola

A combination of B-group vitamins and Rhodiola may be beneficial during times of stress.

B vitamins are essential for the function of the nervous system and some B vitamins are involved in the production of chemicals called neurotransmitters such as serotonin and GABA, which assist with our mental well-being.

Rhodiola is considered an ‘adaptogen,’ a substance that helps maintain normal and physical performance during times of stress. Rhodiola has been traditionally used in Russian and Siberian medicine and has been found to assist with mental and physical fatigue.1

References

  1. Brown RP. et al. Rhodiola rosea: A Phytomedicinal Overview. HerbalGram. 2002;56:40-52

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