Congratulations! You made it through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday in one piece! I don't know about you, but it always seems like this time of year just shows up without warning, and all of the sudden, I'm deep into shopping for gifts and writing out lists and planning meals and figuring out last minute holiday travel plans. Compound that with a lot of family time (in an election year... eeek) and the pressure to have your house decorated *just so* and it's no surprise that we can often feel a bit stressed out around the holiday season.
We always recommend natural solutions to stress before partaking in any supplementation. The best naturals ways to combat stress include meditation, exercise (try these easy stretches), and a healthy diet. However, if you are doing those things and still cannot relax, have no fear... we have several stress support products that can help!
Calming Mag Powder
Magnesium is required for muscle relaxation, and adequate magnesium contributes to normal psychological functions. Unfortunately, stress depletes magnesium, leaving us feeling tense in more ways than one.
Enter Calming Mag Powder. Just put one scoop of powder into a 6 oz. glass of water, stir, and then enjoy this slightly effervescent berry-flavored beverage. This will give you 120 mg of Vitamin C, 1,000 IU of Vitamin D3, 400 mg of Magnesium, 15 mg of Zinc, and 98 mg of potassium.
It is best to enjoy this just before going to bed, particularly if you are having difficulty relaxing.
Relaxing Passion Flower
A fun fact from Web MD: In 1569, Spanish explorers discovered passionflower in Peru. They believed the flowers symbolized Christ’s passion and indicated his approval for their exploration.
Passion flower helps to stimulate the relaxation response and promote decreased production of the stress hormone cortisol, while promoting feelings of calm. It can be used as a stand-alone product or in combination with other herbal ingredients. Ours is simply 50 mg of Passion Flower 4:1 Extract and it comes in a lozenge form that has a mild, tropical mango and melon natural flavor.
Paleo Stress Support w/ Adaptogenic Herbs
Paleo Stress Support is designed for cortisol support. Our adrenal glands (two triangular shaped glands located above the kidney) react to stress by releasing cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, into our bloodstream. Cortisol helps regulate blood pressure, cardiovascular functions, and metabolism. The adrenal glands are also responsible for manufacturing and releasing adrenaline, which gives us the “fight or flight” response.
To maintain optimal adrenal performance, it is important to provide the proper tools. Paleo Stress Support contains Mexican Wild Yam; Pantothenic Acid (a B-complex vitamin necessary for the synthesis of red blood cells); Adaptogens, Rhodiola Root, Eleuthero Senticosus, and Schizandra Berry; and Ashwaganda root (used in Ayervedic medicine for reducing stress).
Feel Good is a stress support formula that is designed around Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum). Holy Basil is considered sacred by many consumers - on many continents - because of its affect on mood and mental acuity. Attaining health begins with optimism and basil is to humans as wings are for birds. It helps elevate your mood and can 'take the edge off' this crazy holiday season, or just crazy life in general.
There are some other key ingredients in this formula, such as Magnolia Bark (used by the Chinese for 2,000 + years as a way to calm and wick away stress), Green Tea Leaf extract (a major natural source for L-theanine, a non-protein amino acid), and Ashwaganda (used in Ayervedic medicine for reducing stress).