As our lives get more and more busy with added pressure and more responsibilities, it’s easy to allow stress to become all-encompassing, and not just during the holiday season. As we all know, stress is incredibly hard on all functioning systems in the body. In addition to a few tips we have to help manage and reduce stress, we have a secret weapon… our top selling Balance blend.
The blend is full of adaptogens like rhodiola, maca and eleuthero, which help your body mitigate stress and provides energy when you need it most.
Rhodiola: This beautiful plant is actually an adaptogen or herb, which helps the body to defend against physical, mental and emotional stressors. It has been used throughout history in both Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic practices to help the body mitigate stress and return to a state of homeostasis. More recent studies have shown that rhodiola might lower cortisol levels (stress hormones). Like any adaptogen, rhodiola is best taken daily for everyday stress support, but there’s something insanely cool about rhodiola that we need to tell you about.
Maca: This Peruvian plant is grown in the Andes mountains. It is a cruciferous vegetable, that is related to broccoli, cabbage, and kale. Lots of benefits with this one!
- Increasing libido: The most well known benefit! A study conducted in 2015, found that maca root may help reduce sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women who were taking an antidepressant.
- Energy and Endurance Booster: Maca root powder is popular with athletes due to its ability to help gain muscle, boost strength and improve performance.
- Increasing Fertility: Research has shown that maca has the ability to increase sperm count and mobility, as well as quality of sperm.
- Mood Improvements: The plant compounds in maca are partly responsible for reducing anxiety and symptoms of depression.
- Reducing menopause symptoms: The natural decline in estrogen due to menopause can cause lots of not-so-great symptoms. Maca has been used to alleviate some symptoms including hot flashes and disrupted sleep.
Eleuthero: The plant is mostly used in traditional medicines as an adaptogen that helps the body better handle and adapt to stressors. Eleuthero also acts as a stimulant, increasing nervous system function. As a stimulant, eleuthero boosts energy levels and helps overcome exhaustion.
Did we mention we add these too?
Cordyceps: Alongside other medicinal mushrooms, this is a powerful immune booster. It stimulates the immune system by boosting the activity of white blood cells, which protect the body from threats. Cordyceps also have the potential to improve heart health and fight inflammation, cancer, diabetes and aging. All added benefits!
Turmeric: This edible root has a long history of medicinal use. It contains an active compound, curcumin which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that this has the potential to improve a number of health conditions. Believe it or not, one of those health conditions is depression, which a lot of times is brought on by higher stress levels. By reducing oxidative stress, they can fight chronic inflammation. A study conducted in 2015 revealed that curcumin can in fact help enhance antidepressants.
Speaking of chronic stress, are my stress levels too high?
Experiencing some form of daily stress is normal. It becomes abnormal when external stressors become overwhelming to the point where you are experiencing physical symptoms such as: chest pain, headaches, digestive problems and blood pressure changes. Other symptoms of high levels of stress include: depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping and poor decision making.
Know your body! If you recognize anything out of the norm, you may want to seek help from a specialist or mental health expert.
So about those tips…
If you think your high stress levels can be managed on your own, just a few minor changes and additions can make a big impact. By simply avoiding or limiting caffeine and alcohol, indulging in physical activity, catching more Zzz’s and taking a natural, healthy approach (cue Balance blend), you will see noticeable differences, both physically and mentally.