Life’s been anything but normal lately… We’ve been doing our best to adapt to all of the stressful changes that the current pandemic has brought into our lives, but the truth is, it continues to be a challenge.
We’ve had to make difficult decisions and worry about our loved one’s safety in ways that we probably never dreamed of.
Just like you, we've been trying our best to keep everything running smoothly in these uncertain times, from business to home life. Our team has been depending on our holistic supplements to keep our immune systems as strong and healthy as possible, and we know you’re doing the same.
The truth is that a lot of us are overworked, sleep-deprived, anxious, and highly stressed right now. Unfortunately, the bad news is that all of this stress and anxiety can take a serious toll on our health and well-being.
Stress is actually more detrimental to your immune system than you could possibly imagine. It can directly contribute to weight gain, heart damage, premature aging, weakened immunity, insomnia, and more. This makes stress management one of the most essential priorities when it comes to staying healthy during the current crisis.
So what can we do to alleviate some of this stress?
Some people find that meditation, journaling, exercise, or even just reading a book or watching a TV show can help reduce stress. We can also tap into the power of natural adaptogens! These natural substances help the body combat stress holistically by exerting a normalizing, calming, and balancing effect.
There also may be some natural spices and herbs laying around your kitchen that can help lessen the negative impact of stress. Nature provides us with some pretty incredible natural healing ingredients that we all too often don’t take advantage of.
Curious what some of these herbs and spices might be? Let’s have a closer look.
This incredible herb, also known as winter cherry and Indian ginseng, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 2,500 years to help balance depression, nervous tension, fatigue, and stress.
Researchers have found that when 300 mg of this root is taken daily for 60 days, study participants’ stress levels decreased by 44%. Their levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, also dropped by 28%.
Ashwagandha can be taken as a tea, or in capsules, tablets, or a liquid tincture for fatigue and sleep disorders. It can also be added as a powder to warm milk one hour before bedtime, as a comforting remedy for insomnia. Ashwagandha also pairs wells with turmeric and is often seen added to delicious “golden milk” or “moon milk” recipes for a relaxing end to any stressful day.
Ashwagandha is generally considered very safe for use, but some healthcare professionals advise pregnant or breastfeeding women from taking it. When in doubt it's always best to consult with your healthcare provider.
You can find ashwagandha root in our powerful Primal Greens formula, along with many other Ayurvedic healing herbs and plants.
Curcumin, the main anti-inflammatory agent found within turmeric, is a wonderful natural remedy for a variety of aches and pains, including stress, anxiety, and fatigue.
One study found that 500 mg of curcumin extract taken daily with fenugreek significantly reduced symptoms of anxiety, stress, and fatigue, and increased quality of life for those suffering from occupational stress.
In another study published in the Journal of Pharmacology, healthy adults between 60 to 85 were given a single dose of 400 mg of curcumin. After an hour, participants showed improved scores on memory and mood tests. They also reported feeling more content and calm overall.
Since the body isn’t able to efficiently absorb curcumin, the help of black pepper extract is required in order to experience the full benefits of this powerful compound. High quality supplements with curcumin extract, like our Turmeric Complex, contain ingredients that increase bioavailability and absorption. The patented BioPerine in our Turmeric Complex, for example, has been shown to increase curcumin absorption by up to 2,000%.
Also called holy basil, tulsi is used to help your body cope with stress reactions. It’s a great antioxidant and has been found to regulate blood sugar and heart health, in addition to having a calming effect on the body.
Researchers found that 500 mg of holy basil taken twice a day helped reduce stress, anxiety, and lack of focus. The University of Maryland Center even recommends 400 mg doses of tulsi daily for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
To consume tulsi, you can use it to cook, or have it in a tea, powder, or tablet. Pregnant women and those trying to conceive should be aware that tulsi is sometimes believed to have anti-fertility effects, and therefore should check with a physician before adding this herb to their routine.
These three herbs are excellent choices for natural stress reducers, in addition to many others such as lavender, ginger, chamomile, valerian, and passionflower.
HAVE YOU TRIED ANY NATURAL REMEDIES FOR STAYING CALM AND MANAGING STRESS AND ANXIETY DURING THIS TIME? LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW AND STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY!
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