This blog was originally posted on drwillcole.com.
Our world is stressed out. We wear busy as a badge of honor and carry around planners, calendars, and endless to-do lists with no end in sight. The amount of sleep many of us get each night is minimal and we can’t remember the last time we truly felt relaxed. We have a serious problem.
In my telehealth functional medicine clinic, chronic stress can be just as much, if not more, of a trigger to my patient’s chronic health problems than a poor diet. Yes, it’s true. Ongoing stress can contribute to inflammation, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, and can even lead to autoimmune conditions.
The first step to combatting stress is to simply reduce it. Meditate regularly, journal, learn to say no more often and embrace JOMO (the joy of missing out) instead of FOMO, and cut toxic people out of your life. But what happens when you are working on these things but your body’s stress response is still in overdrive? While these stress-reducing lifestyle changes can be helpful, change doesn’t always happen overnight. And this is where I like to recommend natural supplements to my patients who need a little extra help zenning out. Two of my favorites include:
This adaptogenic herb has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. Ashwagandha helps alleviate stress by regulating (1) your body’s stress hormone, cortisol. This can help you feel more calm and soothe adrenal fatigue by supporting the brain-adrenal (HPA) axis.
2. B vitamins
B vitamins including Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pantothenic Acid (B5), Pyridoxine (B6), Folic acid, and Biotin all play key roles as essential nutrients in protecting (2) against brain problems while supporting optimal nervous system and brain function. B vitamins have been shown to help support (3) the brain-adrenal axis and a healthy stress response. They also play a role in producing neurotransmitters like GABA which is your body’s “calm-down” signal. When GABA is low, anxiety and insomnia can increase.
Instead of having to take each of these separately to achieve relief, Flora has harnessed the power of all of these into one next-level formula. Stressveda combines each of these necessary B vitamins along with vitamins A, K, C, D, E, and KSM-66 Ashwagandha, the most clinically studied ashwagandha on the earth. This form of ashwagandha stands apart from the rest since it is a full-spectrum root extract, organically grown in Rajasthan, India whose production is accounted for from farm to finished product.
I personally love Flora’s Stressveda formula because I know I am getting the perfect blend of nutrients in each serving specifically designed to increase energy due to mental and physical fatigue related to stress, support cognitive health, focus, and memory, and help protect cells from free radical damage.
And just like Flora’s other amazing products, I am confident in recommending Stressveda and its ingredients to my patients because I take it myself. Their vitamins are sourced from a US grown blend of spinach, broccoli, carrot, sweet potato, and other vegetables and go through a proprietary extraction technology to help perverse the phytonutrients and prevent damage to ensure high antioxidant levels. It is also vegan, gluten-free, and tested for heavy-metals and pesticides, making it a great supplement for those who are more sensitive and going through chronic health problems.
So next time you need a little extra help de-stressing, try adding in Stressveda to your wellness routine along with other lifestyle changes like meditation. By combining lifestyle changes with nutritional support, you’ll be able to attack stress from all angles to win the battle against busy.
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