Wellness Blog

Saying No to Stress

Posted by Ian D. Ravensdale

March 21, 2017 at 10:15 AM

 It’s helpful to understand that being stressed is more than a just bothersome mental state you’re subjected to from time to time. Being stressed promotes a number of physiological changes in the body, and they can be particularly harmful to your health.

stressed1.jpegThis is especially true of those who are chronically stressed. Although it may be impossible to avoid it, there are ways to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety and help you deal with stress better.

Let’s begin however by talking about the most concerning of all the problems related to the effects of stress. Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by your adrenal glands. Limited production of Cortisol is beneficial in that it plays a key role in maintaining homeostasis in the body, but when it’s produced in large quantities it shifts from being beneficial to detrimental.

Cortisol increases glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream, and thus enhances the brain’s appetite for glucose (which poses a host of problems on its own, but that’s another discussion). It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive and reproductive systems, as well as possibly altering processes related to growth of the body. It can also change the way your brain and body communicate regarding mood, motivations, and fears or apprehensions.

In moderation these changes are okay, and in certain circumstances (when paired with adrenaline, another steroid hormone) they can be very helpful to overcome temporary situations where you are perceived to be in danger or exposed to an immediate threat. Managing stress is very important, because when cortisol is repeatedly being pumped into your bloodstream it overwhelms the body and, over time, puts the individual at risk of numerous health problems, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Heart Disease
  • Sleep problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Weight gain
  • Reduced memory and concentration capacities

So what is the best way to cope with stress? Simply avoiding it isn’t realistic for anyone who lives an even somewhat busy and productive life. Fortunately, there are a number of natural supplement alternatives, many of which are especially effective when paired with self-relaxation and contentment techniques like meditation, exercise, and deep breathing exercises like vagus nerve breathing.

Valerian root and passion flower are proven-effective natural sources of stress relief, and typically a high-quality natural stress remedy product like Vitality’s Relax + incorporate them along with a number of other select high-constituency ingredients (most notably cramp bark) to provide effective support for the body’s nervous system and reduce the effects of stress. The Vitality Manage Stress Naturally Bundle pairs 60 Relax+ tablets with 60 B60 Complete +C tablets to make up an ideal choice as a natural supplement for stress relief.

Learn more about Vitality Relax+ here

And to continue further, there’s SO much to be said to limiting the effects of stress on your life. The list of benefits would be enormous if we were to include all of them, so we’ll include just the most noteworthy (and believe me, it’s a LONG list):

  • A healthier and happier outlook and perspective on life
  • More energy and vitality to enjoy life to the fullest
  • Increased memory
  • Greater relief from body aches and pains
  • Better heart health (a biggie!)
  • Better relationships (and often with your partner or spouse in particular)
  • Greater resistance to disease
  • Weight regulation (stay slim!)
  • Better sleep

There’s nothing you can do to eliminate the stressors in your life, but there’s plenty you can do to minimize the way they affect you. And, as you can see, it’s very worth the effort.

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Topics: Stress, Products, Wellness

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