By: Patience Lister
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of everyday life, you’re not alone. In fact, coronavirus-era stress is leaving 33% of Canadians feeling stress regularly.
Stress comes in many forms. For the majority of Canadians, financial stress is a top concern, followed by work-related stress.1 There is also family and relationship stress, holiday stress, and physical stress from illness or trauma, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, pollution, and heavy physical exertion. No matter what triggers your stress, leaving it unaddressed for extended periods is bad for your health and can exhaust your body’s stress-coping systems.
The body’s stress response evolved as a survival mechanism for life-threatening situations, and can still be helpful in small doses when you need the motivation to get things done. The challenge is that the modern stressors we all face on a daily basis can also trigger this stress response. Over the long term, this overexposes the body to the stress hormone cortisol, which can negatively impact:,
- Cardiovascular function
- Circadian rhythm and sleep patterns
- Blood sugar and lipid levels
- Gastrointestinal microflora
- The adrenals
Setting the Foundation for Stress Management
It is difficult to eliminate all of the stressors from your life, so your best bet is to increase your body’s resistance. You can set a solid foundation for managing stress with healthy lifestyle habits, such as:
- Eating plenty of nourishing foods and cutting back on alcohol, caffeine, and high glycemic index ingredients
- Exercising daily to relieve stress and increase endorphins
- Getting the recommended 7–9 hours of sleep per night
- Scheduling time to relax and practice deep breathing
When life’s demands are high, and you feel stress creeping up on you, certain nutritional and herbal ingredients can be used to further support your body’s stress coping mechanisms. The 3 Brains® line of supplements is designed to support the critical relationship between the heart brain, the gut brain, and the head brain. Together these three “brains” influence mental, emotional, and physical health.”
The 3 Brains Stress Less formula combines the adaptogens Sensoril™ ashwagandha, rhodiola, and Panax ginseng with the benefits of Sunphenon® green tea extract and choline to support mental stamina and focus, and relieve symptoms associated with stress.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) has been used traditionally in Ayurveda to improve the body’s resistance to stress and enhance wellbeing. Clinical studies show that it improves feelings of stress and nervousness, and lowers some of the physical markers associated with stress, including blood cortisol, glucose, and lipid levels, as well as markers of oxidative stress.4,
Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) is used to temporarily relieve mental fatigue and feelings of weakness related to stress. It works by enhancing mental focus and stamina, while also strengthening the body’s resistance to chemical, biological, and physical forms of stress in the environment.
Choline supports healthy liver function and increases production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine needed to moderate the effects of stress, while green tea’s concentrated levels of catechins, such as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) provide antioxidant and cognitive support.,
Improving Your Resilience to Stress
Stress is an inevitable part of modern life, but you don’t have to let it wear you down. Healthy lifestyle habits set the foundation for managing stress, while 3 Brains Stress Less formula provides a natural, non-habit-forming way to relieve symptoms.
Improving your resilience to stress plays a key role in maintaining your overall health and leading a happy, productive life.
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