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May 31, 2021
Stress. We all deal with it. Especially in the world we live in today. It is a hormonal reaction within the body in response to demands being placed on it. So what can we do for ourselves? How do we support our body and mind so that we can better manage our stress?
Below, we are focusing on herbs and supplements that help to support the mind and body as well as simple ways to enhance your overall well-being and reduce your stress level.
Passionflower has long been used in herbal medicine to help with sleep. More recently, researchers studied its use on managing anxiety and noted that it had a similar effect to some anti-anxiety medications.
Lavender - This flower is widely used for its mood-stabilizing and calming effects.
Chamomile - A calming herb that naturally increases serotonin and melatonin levels in the body.
You can find these herbs blended in our Serene tea
Studies show that physical activity (going on a hike, strength training, aerobic activity) helps to increase your brain's production of endorphins, which are your feel-good neurotransmitters. Try to get 30 minutes a day of any type of exercise.
Even just 10 minutes a day can help get you into a state of relaxation and allow you to focus with intention. It’s an excellent way to turn off from the world around you. Here's an excellent resource to get you started: https://www.calm.com/
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that exist in foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut. They are important for our gastrointestinal and immune systems. But how does this relate to stress? Research has shown that the gut and the brain are connected, with the gut often being referred to as the second brain. Many of the same neurotransmitters that are produced in the brain are also made in the gut, such as serotonin and dopamine (both play a role in regulating our mood). When you eat probiotic rich foods or take a probiotic supplement you are helping to support your digestive health, and in turn, helping to support your overall well-being.
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