Feeling stressed and lacking in vitality?

Feeling stressed and lacking in vitality?

Author -  Good Health

In today’s fast-paced society it is getting increasingly hard to maintain a stress-free lifestyle. For many of us, stress may have become a “normal” way of life. Unfortunately the effects of ongoing and prolonged stress can have detrimental effects to our health and is linked to many chronic illnesses.

The body’s normal stress response is designed to protect us. It is our “fight or flight” mechanism. In response to stress, our adrenal glands release the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. In short bursts, stress can be something that can be used to our advantage.  However, chronic stress means that our adrenal glands are constantly releasing adrenal hormones to keep us on the go, but this can lead to raised blood pressure, a suppressed immune system, over-eating and weight gain, poor sleep patterns, mood changes and a lack of energy. Unfortunately these effects can have a snow ball effect, which may lead to more stress.

There is an array of ‘stress relievers’ to help manage stress, ranging from a regular massage to tai chi, yoga or exercise. The reality is that any solutions for resolving and diminishing anxiety and stress are most effective when tailor-made to the individual. There are no quick fixes, and often filling our spare time with classes that involve having to be at a specific place on time (enter traffic woes and babysitters for kids) only adds to our daily stresses and feeds the anxiety cycle.

The naturopathic approach to stress management looks at overall lifestyle, diet and health issues that may be adversely affecting an individual’s well-being.  Treating their nervous system with herbs, cutting back on stimulants such as caffeine, coca cola, cigarettes and alcohol are all changes that may help to lift weight off a person’s shoulders and empower them to make some small changes that have a huge positive impact in their lives.

One effective and natural approach to stress management is to include adaptogenic herbs in your daily routine. These have been used successfully for centuries in both Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine by naturopaths and herbalists.  An adaptogen is a term used to describe an agent that assists the body’s normal adaptation to stress and therefore modulates the stress response.  These herbs help our bodies adapt to stress and nourish relax and tone our nervous system due to their adaptogen actions on the brain and adrenal glands. The balancing action of herbs work gently over time to normalise the nervous system and assist a normal response to stress. When used daily, these herbal combinations can help to restore balance and calm to a tired body, and peace and harmony to a frazzled mind.

Stress & Vitality Support is a triple action adaptogen tonic that supports the adrenal glands and therefore the body’s natural resistance to stress. Stress &Vitality Support contains 3 adaptogens at clinically researched doses; Ashwaganda for nervous system support and rejuvenation, Siberian Ginseng for energy and vitality and Rhodiola for stamina and physical and mental performance. Good Health’s Stress & Vitality Support helps you to feel recharged and in control. Try it as part of a holistic approach to stress management.

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