Stress is usually associated with negativity, but can just as well be a positive trigger for all things living.
If you take for instance the fight-or-flight response we experience in a moment of fear, panic, or danger – from the subtlety of an athlete before a competition, a public speaker about to address a crowd, to the more dangerous scenario of jumping from a burning building.
All three situations are stressful but the important detail is that the stress propels the adaption or reaction to a pending situation. The aftermath of the situation is subjective, and compels us to repeat or avoid the stress related experience
Our ancestors used stress as a survival mechanism to avoid danger, with the stress hormone, Cortisol, signalling the mind and body to respond to an observed emergency. Whether the emergency is real or perceived is irrelevant to the mind when it engages in self-preservation mode, which highlights the importance of mental health.
This is a key reason why we continue to emphasize on the meditative part of our DOSE system, which encourages using mindfulness to overcome obstacles and create better lifestyle choices and habits.
A survey by the American Psychological Association highlights the alarming levels of stress across all age groups in the world today, especially in the United States.
It turns out that we are more stressed-out than any other time in recorded history, and this is exacerbated from trying to balance the different facets of our contemporary lifestyles including family, finances, health, relationships, and the incessantly switched-on digital overload.
Prolonged exposure to this kind of stress can become detrimental to our health and can lead to a rapid deterioration of health or adopt the more subtle and dangerous symptoms that go unnoticed or misdiagnosed, while the body compensates. This is the domain of Chronic stress.
If unmanaged properly, Chronic stress can:
- trigger cortisol which accelerates the heart rate, increases tensions in the muscles, changes the functionality of the immune system, increases blood pressure and blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, and encourages obesity
- Accelerate harmful coping mechanisms like binging on unhealthy food, alcohol, smoking, experiencing irritability, restlessness and insomnia
- It can also short circuit the gastrointestinal health, subdue or over excite emotional and mental health
So how do you manage Stress then?
It is important to understand that completely avoiding stress is just as harmful as the overexposure to it, so the median point is managing stress effectively to accentuate rather than diminish life.
Diet, Oxygen, Sleep and Exercise – DOSE, is our flagship and simple approach to managing stress, and can help identify, analyse, and prioritize our stressors and recommend ways to manage them successfully.
Our DOSE program begins with a useful kit from Thorne Research Lab’s at-home stress test, which uses saliva samples to measure the two primary adrenal gland markers of stress – cortisol and DHEA and then in addition to the test results, Thorne will provide a personalized plan for your diet, lifestyle, and (if indicated) supplements to help you manage stress.
Here are some Great Supplements to manage Stress
DOSE promotes the use of natural methods that improve lifestyle habits, like better nutrition and hydration, regular exercise and restful sleep and harnessing the power of meditative mindfulness.
Within nutrition, we believe that supplements can be extremely beneficial to enhance areas of the body where food is not as effective, like our hormones, which the body utilizes to respond to stress.
Here are seven Thorne supplements we have used and can endorse for stress management
Hemp oil plus is a safe and effective approach to balance the body’s reaction to stress and anxiety. According to Thorne, it is a;
“ blend of phytocannabinoids that supports and regulates one of the body’s most important, yet little-known, systems — the endocannabinoid system.* and by nourishing this system, Hemp Oil + benefits users by relieving stress, easing discomfort, and even improving gut health”.
We can’t say enough about this product. It’s like magic – only better!
Thorne’s Memoractiv is a nootropic that combines herbal extracts proprietary nutrients that support creativity and mental focus, promotes a general feeling of calmness, and helps with blue screen filtering. If you’ve ever worn anti-blue screen glasses, you can relate to the soothing effect it has on the eyes. It also has a slow release mechanism, low-dose caffeine content for alertness and concentration, so it is ideal for late night work or studying and generally people who burn the midnight oil. Memoractiv can be paired with Hemp Oil + for more mental concentration and if nothing else, both are a stellar combination.
This merges the best essential B vitamins, with additional pantothenic acid to support optimal adrenal and immune functions.
The Adrenal glands Stress and the hormones related to stress take a toll on your adrenal glands. Adrenal Cortex supports healthy adrenal function because it promotes a balanced stress response.* It’s formulated with a unique extract from adrenal cortex tissue, which plays a valuable role in supporting healthy adrenal glands – while also helping maintain immune function and promoting an energetic feeling.*
5. Relora Plus
Help curb habitual stress-eating habits and decrease anxious feelings with this blend of two botanicals (used in the practice of traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 1,500 years) and six essential B vitamins.* Relora Plus supports restful sleep and balances cortisol and DHEA levels.*
Formulated with a natural inhibitory neurotransmitter – GABA, the PharmaGABA-250 helps maintain healthy stress management and promotes a good night’s sleep.* PharmaGABA is formulated with a natural source of the inhibitory neurotransmitter – GABA. Natural GABA increases the brain’s relaxing alpha-wave production and reduces the stress-related beta waves – creating a profound sense of physical relaxation whilst sustaining mental concentration focus.*
Rhodiola, is a stress-relieving botanical, categorized as an adaptogen because of increases the resistance to chemical, biological, and physical stressors and enhances mood, sleep and concentration.