Relieve Stress Naturally
Sunday, January 1st 2006
The effects of stress on your health can be far-reaching. These include insomnia, high blood pressure, tension headaches and daily drug or alcohol use. Too much stress sometimes brings on cold sores or genital herpes for people who carry these viruses in their systems. Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis may also occur during times of stress.
However, it isn't always possible to live a stress-free existence. Work deadlines, family demands and traffic jams can all be sources of stress. Even happy events like weddings and holidays, can be stressful.
Stress raids the body's stores of important nutrients that help it function properly. How you manage the stress in your life can determine the impact if will have on you.
B Complex Vitamins
Although B vitamins are in many foods, they are often destroyed during cooking and processing. Medications, alcohol and caffeine can deplete the body of these essential nutrients as well. Symptoms of B vitamin deficiency can include stress symptoms, oily or scaly skin, upset stomach, headaches, anxiety, moodiness, and heart arrhythmias.
Radiance B100 Complex or B50 Complex fights back with a balanced blend of B vitamins. Taking a B complex helps the body combat stress, depression and cardiovascular disease. B vitamins, which are water soluble, must be replenished daily.
People most susceptible to vitamin B deficiency include pregnant women, nursing mother, vegetarians, alcoholics, "sugar-holics", the elderly, and people with malabsorption conditions or who take certain medications long-term.
Kava for Anxiety
"The use of kava could potentially help reduce the anxiety associated with stressful events, thus minimizing worry and unpleasantness. We are exposed to an enormous amount of daily psychological stress. Kava, if used appropriately, could help us relieve this stress and it can even be used to prevent or decrease the amount of stress or anxiety we anticipate being exposed to."
Researchers classify Rhodiola rosea as an adaptogen. Russian researchers observed its ability to increase resistance to a variety of chemical, biological, and physical stressors. The adaptogens are thought to achieve their effect primarily by supporting the adrenal glands, which bear the brunt of the ill effects of continual stress. Rhodiola promotes the release of certain neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of well-being, as well as regulating hormone production in response to stress.
One way that Rhodiola performs these remarkable functions is by improving the neurological mechanisms of dealing with stress. Rhodiola has also been shown to support modest increases in beta-endorphins that supports pain reduction and improves mood. Rhodiola may be expected to promote positive support for mild mood changes, and proved relief from everyday stress and anxiety.
Not all Rhodiola Products are Equal
For ultimate effectiveness, the active constituents in Rhodiola should be standardised to 3% rosavins and 1% salidrosides as found in Radiance AdaptoStress (Rhodiola 500mg)
Reproduced unabridged from the January - March 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for Stress :
Avena Comp. Relaxing Drops
One-A-Day Kava 2400
Ginseng 5 Exhaustion Relief
Mega Magnesium Powder
Stress and Anxiety Relief
Super Potency Hi-B 100
Stress Profile Test Kit
St Johns Wort
Valerian Root Capsules
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St John's Wort Extract
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Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.
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