Learning To Adapt To Stress
We all have stress in our lives. Not all stress is bad for us, in fact it can motivate us to focus on problems that need our attention. However many people are operating at a high level while stress is also is at a high level. Over time this takes a toll on your body and mind. Herbs that combat stress are a wonderful way to help you manage stress. I have recently been adding herbal tonics to our practice with very good results for my patients that are under stress. One middle age man recently reported to me that his blood pressure is now the lowest it has been in 20 years! He has been taking an herbal tonic that I blended for him for only a couple of weeks. Another woman who has been depressed for some time is responding very well to an adrenal tonic that we put her on. These are just two examples out of numerous patients we are now helping with herbal tonics.
Natural herbs known as adaptogens have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to promote address stress by regulating the adrenal stress response. An adaptogen is exactly what the name implies, they are plants that help the body to adapt to stress and promote a sense of well-being. They make you feel good.
Herbs that target stress
Ashwagandha- is an anti-inflammatory and calming tonic that is believed to protect against oxidative stress as well as prevent premature aging.
Rhodiola- is an anti-anxiety adaptogen and is said to strengthen the immune system as well as improve physical and mental stamina.
Eleuthero- is used to increase mental alertness and focus.
American Ginseng- is used as a body tonic and adaptogen helping to balance homeostasis under stress. Bioactive compounds known as ginseng saponins which are the bioactive compounds have been studied to have a variety of benefits.
Lifestyle choices to help with stress
It is so important to balance work and family or personal life. Some things that I recommend for everyone are:
Exercise- It is well known that exercise has so many benefits from increasing endorphins to help relieve daily stress.
Sleep – Sleep is so important and lack of sleep causes many stresses on your body. Sleep is when your body repairs itself.
Diet – A healthy diet is necessary to overcome stress in the body. Choose to eat live food. Examples are anything that is grown!
If I can help you in any way don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss how we can help you manage stress in your life!