Calm during the Storm!

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May 12, 2018

There never seems to be a shortage of stress, but rather an overabundance.

Stress playing on your mind carries a great deal of health risk.

If you aren’t sleeping well because of stressful running thoughts, the negative effect you may experience runs from reduced productivity to cardiovascular issues and weight gain.

If you are distracted by stress, your focus may turn from something which needs your undivided attention, like driving. The negative results from a traffic accident can be horrific.

It would be nice if you could postpone stress or deal with stressors one at a time. If you could organize stress like a file cabinet and sort out each thing in turn, wouldn’t that be nice? Unfortunately, stress is more often a number of things compounded into a very big storm.

How shall we weather that storm?

Passionflower supplements and L-Theanine supplements are both helpful in quieting down mind chatter and helping you stay focused and calm. Whether it is just to help you calm down and relax before sleep or preparing to head into a stressful event, these two supplements have the benefit of reducing anxiety without making you drowsy.

Magnesium is also helpful in managing stress. In addition to helping your muscles relax, magnesium also helps promote calm throughout your nervous system by binding to GABA receptors. Some sleep medications do this as well but have a sedative effect which may not be desirable during certain times of day.

B Vitamins are great for supporting your body nutritionally during times of stress. B Vitamins help balance brain chemistry and neurotransmitters which can help you find balance while dealing with stress.

Adaptogenic herbs like Ashwagandha and Holy Basil help protect you from the effects of chronic stress by supporting your adrenal glands.

Finally, if you do have the opportunity to eliminate a stressor from your life in a healthy way, then of course that is a perfectly rational course of action.


Speak to the Live Well team at Pharmasave Summerland to learn about your options for stress management.


Dan Cassidy, Registered Nutritional Product Advisor


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