In today's busy world the sympathetic nervous system (your fight or flight mode) can dominate your parasympathetic (rest and digest mode) it's important to balance this as our nervous system is our master controller. It oversees our breathing, digestion, heart rate and hormones, including our adrenal response.
In the Eastern world practices to maintain this balance are part of daily routine. In the Western World we can all benefit from incorporating consciousness around this, instead of seeing treatments as treats, see them instead as a necessity of life.
Self care is so important, this can simply be taking a bath a couple of times a week (adding Epsom salts and our favourite Dr. Hauschka Moor lavender bath essence) for the ultimate in relaxation. At home self care can be hugely restorative. Or incorporate more targeted treatments into life such as Reflexology, Massage or Bowen technique.
B vitamins are incredibly important during times of stress as we use this up much quicker when our body is under stress. B vitamins are water soluble so our bodies need a continual supply of these nutrients. When these are low we can feel fatigued, unmotivated and our mood can also suffer. Magnesium is also important during stressful times.
Stress can be external factors that are unavoidable but also can be from the pressures we put on ourselves and even exercise. It's during stressful periods when we have an even greater need to recharge the batteries but its unfortunate that during these times, we seem to have less time to prep good nourishing foods to refuel our bodies.
This is where one of our favourite products of all time comes in.... drum roll please for the almighty Dr Schultze's Superfood!
This greens blend has been around for years and the attention to detail of how this supergreens powder is made is second to none in our opinion. Blending chorella, spirulina, algae and also saccharomyces cerevisiae alongside other powerhouse ingredients.
The taste can be quite challenging initially but your body soon gets used to it when it knows its doing great things! Blend with water or if you struggle with taste then a little apple juice works well.
Ashwagandha is one of the best herbs for supporting your body during stressful periods. It’s an adaptagenic, which means it’s clever. Very clever as only nature can be. It adapts its action according to the requirements of your body. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The main action of Ashwagandha is to support the adrenal glands (those glands that sit above the kidneys) which produce adrenaline and cortisol (our stress hormones) and importantly our sex hormones which are so affected by stress. Through busy and challenging times times the adrenals may work overtime, and become fatigued. This can result in a breakdown of optimal function, feelings of stress and/or anxiety, reduced energy and vitality, and potential hormonal imbalance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In this situation Ashwagandha can be our best friend. It nourishes the adrenal glands, is a nervous system restorative, increases energy, balances the immune system and helps sleep. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hans Selye researched the physical effects of stress. His work is well recognised and concludes that stress impacts the body by causing adrenal hyperactivity. Therefore it is so important to nourish the adrenal glands and ashwagandha is known to calm this response. Interestingly Hans Selye didn’t see his work as a labour, but as a leisure - a valuable life lesson in our quest for calming stress. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We recommend the products shown but if you’d like a chat feel free to get in touch. We also offer adrenal testing through our Nutritional Therapy Consultations should you wish to learn more about your individual stress cycle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀