Education, Nutrition
Being the mother of two young adults, I am no stranger to stressful situations. Life can come at you pretty hard sometimes. Outside emotional influences can really take a toll on us physically. Our minds will race, (specifically at night when we are alone with our thoughts) and it can become very difficult to conduct our regular daily activities.  Fortunately, nature gives us amazing tools to help. I have a few things that are my “go to” remedies. I generally have two lines of attack. Daytime remedies, and nighttime. DaytimeFor daytime use we have ideal combinations of both herbs and amino acids.   GABA For those who prefer not to go the herbal route, GABA is an excellent choice. According to WebMd.com, "GABA is taken by mouth for relieving anxiety, improving mood, reducing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used for promoting lean muscle growth, burning fat, stabilizing blood pressure, and relieving pain." I love the fat burning benefit here. There are multiple formulas sold with GABA. Or you can buy it alone. Natural Factors make a product called Pharma GABA. It has 100mg of GABA per dose, and comes in both capsule and chewable versions (both are on the Dean’s List this month BTW. $20.79 for the 60caps, reg. $25.95; and $23.99 for the chewable, reg. $29.95*). There are no drowsy side effects. Ashwagandha If the herbal remedies are your approach, I really like Ashwagandha. This Ayurvedic herb can do some amazing things. Not only does it help you relax, it can give you energy as well. Go figure. It is said Ashwagandha supports an energetic and rejuvenating sense of wellbeing. Ayurvedic healers say that Ashwagandha supports an energetic and rejuvenating sense of wellbeing. It is said to be effective in alleviating fatigue, stress, problems concentrating and lack of energy. Ashwagandha has been recommended for good sleep for centuries. The University of Tsukuba reports the key component in Ashwagandha which induces sleep has been identified by researchers in the sleep institute in Japan. This herb has been recommended for good sleep for centuries. In studies on rats the Japanese research team observed that triethylene glycol (TEG) is the active component in Ashwagandha which induces good sleep. Dean’s carries a variety of formulas containing Ashwagandha. Too many to list. Himalya has both combinations and the herb alone, also, Hempfusion has a combination of CBD (Cannabidiol) from hemp, and Ashwagandha that I have used. They all seem to work well for me (the Hempfusion is also on the Dean’s List for $50.99, reg $59.99*). This may seem a bit pricey, but I've found it's well worth it to me. CBD, or Cannabinoids greatly affect our neurological system in a positive manner. Not to get too technical--but they help all of the activity in our brains function more in concert. The spark plugs in our brain fire better so to speak. I love the stuff. NighttimeNow onto some of my nighttime go-to’s.  Sleep Without a good nights sleep, nothing good happens during the day.  There are times when the day gets so busy that it becomes very difficult to turn it off when it’s time for bed. In order for us to deal with the everyday stresses, sleep is essential. Phytocalm I use one remedy that is perfect to help me dial it down a bit. Herbalist and Alchemist Phytocalm. It contains a combination of the herbs: Skullcap,Hops, Oat milky seed, Passionflower, California poppy, and Valerian. It comes in a liquid, in a number of sizes. I keep that beautiful little bottle on my nightstand for those nights. I love this one for a number of reasons.
  1. It works for me.
  2. I find that I get a good night’s sleep without feeling groggy in the morning
  3. I don’t feel drugged at all when I use it. It just turns down the “noise” in my head, and lets me get a good night’s sleep.
L-tryptophan, and 5-HTP Some people do not feel comfortable taking herbs. That is perfectly fine. L-tryptophan, and 5-HTP (a precursor to L-tryptophan) are an excellent choice. They are helpful, without having those horrible side effects. Potencies vary with these. I would suggest that, as with any supplement, you read the directions very carefully.  We have entire sections devoted to stress at all of our locations, so I've only scratched the surface with what is available. Feel free to come in and have a chat with any of our Nutrition specialists to help you make the perfect choices for you. *Price valid May 1-31, 2017  All material in this post is provided for information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this publication; instead readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being. The information provided has not been approved the Food & Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness or disease.