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April is National Stress Awareness Month
Sponsored by the Health Resource Network (HRN), a non-profit health education organization, Stress Awareness Month is a national cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.
The concept of job stress, for example, is often confused with the concept of challenge, but these two things are not the same. Challenges energize us. They motivate us to learn new skills and master our jobs. We feel relaxed and satisfied when we complete a challenge. However, when we can’t meet a challenge, relaxation turns into exhaustion and a sense of satisfaction turns into stress. This sets the stage for illness, injury, and job failure.
According to the American Institute of Stress, about 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related disorders, ranging from stomach trouble to heart disease.
Ways to Reduce Stress
Take some time to slow down and relax. Do things that help reduce your stress, like reading a book or sitting in quiet reflection. You can also add some dietary supplements to your routine. We recommend the following:
Adrenal Health Supplement
A synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, and glandular supplements designed to support normal adrenal health and stress management. B vitamins are essential components in most major metabolic reactions. They play an important role in energy production, including the metabolism of lipids, carbohydrates, and proteins. B vitamins are also important for blood cells, hormones, and nervous system function. Adrenal and spleen glandular supplements are added for their supportive roles in stress management and immune health.
L-Theanine is a unique amino acid found in green tea, which has been traditionally used for centuries to help promote relaxation and relieve mental tension. In recent times, L-Theanine has been studied for its use in causing relaxation without drowsiness.
Phosphatidyl Serine Complex
Until recently, this multifunctional brain nutrient was only available as an expensive product derived from bovine sources, with microbiological safety problems. However, new technology has made it possible to concentrate it from soy bean lecithin, a safe and well-recognized source of phosphatidyl serine. PS has similar functions in the dopamine, noradrenaline and serotonin dependent neurotransmitter systems. It assists in maintaining adequate glucose utilization in the brain.
Brain glucose utilization, an indicator of brain activity, often declines during aging. Another related function of phosphatidyl serine is its role in controlling the normal balance of stress hormones. It’s involved in the body’s response to counterbalance the excessive release of adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) and adrenaline.
This patent-pending combination of two herbal extracts of Magnolia and Phellodendron bark (Asian cork tree) promotes normal, healthy cortisol levels without sedation. Both herbs have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for several hundred years.
In a human study, 82% of the participants taking Relora found that it helped to control irritability, emotional ups and downs, restlessness, tense muscles, poor sleep, fatigue and concentration difficulties. Relora was found not to cause sedation, though 74% of the patients had more restful sleep. Additionally, no adverse side effects were reported during the trial.
Relora was also studied for its effect on salivary levels of DHEA. Two weeks of Relora therapy were shown to increase salivary DHEA for 227%, and decrease total salivary cortisol by 37%. Both hormones were brought into normal range through the utilization of Relora.
Studies have also shown that Relora helps reduce stress-related eating, and therefore may be an essential component of a healthy weight management program.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.