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Beat Stress With These 5 “Chill Pills”
2 June 2021 | Categories: Uncategorized|
Modern living is daunting in itself and with Covid-19 thrown into the mix, seems we’ll never achieve a ‘zero worry’ status. However, there are things we can do to help keep our anxieties in check. Filling your lungs with fresh air and gifting your muscles with a good stretch and workout is an amazing boost to your health and wellness of the body. Yet practicing yoga and heavy workout sessions would require a high level of strength, flexibility, energy, and stamina. Adding supplements to your meal would enhance body’s hydration level to kick start your day. Hello stress supplements – the internal version of a yoga class.
The B vitamin group has long been hailed as a stress buster with good reason. They help maintain a healthy nervous system. Enough of them can stabilise your mood. Vitamin B6 and B12 play an active role in the creation of serotonin, the ‘happy’ neurotransmitter.
Many studies including one performed at Swinburne University in Australia, found that participants taking a vitamin B complex reported a 20 percent reduction in work-related stress in comparison with the group given a placebo.
Although we all know omega-3s offer essential health benefits, especially protecting you from heart disease, recent research has indicated a link between these good-for-you fatty acids and anxiety. A Harvard study found that people suffering from anxiety disorders typically have lower levels of omega-3s and several other studies revealed supplementation helped reduce the symptoms of clinical anxiety.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is an amino acid which works as a neurotransmitter, attaching to GABA receptors that results in a calming effect. GABA occurs naturally in one’s body but many people simply don’t make sufficient, which results in anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Another amino acid, L-theanine (found in tea leaves), helps calm anxiety and reduces resting heart rate without causing drowsiness. Despite not making you tired, L-theanine could help you get a better night’s sleep as it promotes a more relaxed state which makes it easier to ‘let go’ when your head hits the pillow.
Because magnesium plays such a vital role in the health of your brain, heart and muscles, you’d think the body would manufacture it but it doesn’t. Therefore, if you’re a meat and potatoes person as opposed to one who reaches for the green leafy salad, you’re probably magnesium deficient. So, if you’re under stress, struggle to sleep or suffer from anxiety or depression, you shouldn’t think twice about a magnesium boost.
Stress isn’t going anywhere. Keep your anxieties in check by investing in these supplements to help your body cope.
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