How to Manage Stress and Make Stress Work for You
Over the years, stress is something I have seen in many of my patients including children and teens.
Of course when we think of stress we think work, traffic, financial problems. There are other forms of stress that we often forget about including illness and inflammation.
It is really important to address stress in our lives because stress affects our adrenal glands. When the adrenals are stressed it also raises our cortisol levels. Cortisol is a life sustaining adrenal hormone essential to the maintenance of homeostasis or balance. Although cortisol levels fluctuate thorughout the day, the problem is that in our current high-stress culture, the stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to normal.
The high and prolonged levels of cortisol can lead to negative effects such as fatigue and other symptoms such as;
blood sugar imbalance such hyperglycemia
decreased bone density
elevated blood pressure
lowered immune system
increased abdominal fat
Here at VitaTree, we have great natural supplements to help with adrenal stress without negative side effects or fillers, and can be taken at any age.
Our VitaTree® Stress and Sleep supplements is a blend of natural substances proven to improve the effects of stress on the body, relax the nervous system and help as anatural sleep aid. This unique blend of herbs helps the nervous system find a balance, therefore allowing it to function optimally there by providing natural stress relief. Not only is this formula going to help with stress but it also helps with insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks and nervousness. For anxiety and stress, I would recommend taking 1-2 capsules during daytime hours. As a sleep aid, I would recommend taking 2 capsules 1 hour before bed.
Here are some additional tips to help you decrease stress and excess cortisol levels in the body.
1. Eliminate caffeine - the quickest way to reduce cortisol production in the body.
2. Sleep - aim for 8 hours of sleep per night
3. Exercise - releases chemicals that reduce anxiety and depression.
4. Avoid sugar - Eat frequent small meals balanced in protein, complex carbohydrates.
5. Drink more water – Keep water by your bed and drink it when you first wake up and before you go to sleep.
6. Meditate or listen to relaxation tapes
Dr. Janine Bowring