Adequate exercise, supplements can reduce holiday stress

Kali Simmonds
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Question: While I enjoy this time of year I also find it one of the most stressful times of the year so I was wondering if there is anything ‘natural’ to reduce that stressed feeling?

Answer: As a mother of five children, a first-born with many responsibilities, I appreciate what you are saying especially this time of year.

It is very important to maintain certain practices such as getting adequate sleep (we get our best sleep by going to bed before 11 p.m.) enough protein, fruit, veggies and water.

It’s also important to take your supplements, fit in exercise and remember to live in the moment. Avoid sugar as it will just amplify the effects of stress on your mind and body. Certain nutrients get used up faster when you under stress namely the B vitamins especially B3, B5, B6, and B12 which are all found in a B compound, vitamin C which is concentrated in the adrenal or ‘stress’ glands, and magnesium for energy production and to calm the nervous system.

So if you do this and follow the previous recommendations and are still in need then here are some fast acting options. GABA is a calming brain chemical and is available in supplement form. Think of it as being the opposite of adrenaline.

GABA, especially if you are tired, can have a relaxing effect so don’t drive before you establish how it affects you and do not take it concurrently with benzodiazepines such as Ativan.

The amino acid L-theanine helps to calm and focus so very good for exams or when your thoughts feel scattered. Relora or magnolia extract for those who mindlessly overeat when they are stressed is useful to suppress those tendencies.

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