There’s just no denying it — this year has been particularly stressful for many of us. Aside from the perfectly normal, everyday stress we each face at work and at home, there are plenty of other larger-scale, external factors weighing heavily on a lot of peoples’ minds.
Everybody deals with stress differently. We “feel stressed out” when we are overwhelmed, either emotionally or physically, and our body and mind react accordingly. That reaction differs from person to person. We are also all bothered by different things. Events, situations, encounters we have with other people — each of us is predisposed to react to certain stressors in our own ways. That’s why Market America | SHOP.COM is here with a guide on stress the biological and chemical reactions that occur in the body when we experience stress – and five supplements that may help promote relaxation and manage stress.
Because everybody responds to stress differently, it makes sense that everybody copes with stress differently, too. Some people relax with exercise, yoga or meditation. Other people have a certain hobby or activity that distracts them from their stress; other people might need assistance, such as counseling to reduce stress.
While no dietary supplement can make stress go away, certain nutrients do support a healthy bodily response to stress by promoting optimal health and supporting the various processes and mechanisms in the body that are activated by stress. While you should always consult with your physician before taking something for stress, these five supplements may help support your health.*
Bliss® Anti-Stress Formula is a special blend of plant extracts designed to promote relaxation without drowsiness and help maintain healthy levels of serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin and dopamine are two neurotransmitters — chemicals in the brain that send messages and signals between nerve cells. These two neurotransmitters help us function at our best when they are in balance relative to one another – serotonin helps to promote mood regulation while dopamine supports cognitive function and mood as well.*
Among the ingredients in this anti-stress formula is Ashwagandha root extract — a plant extract commonly known as “Indian ginseng,” which has long been regarded as beneficial to cognitive and behavioral health. Rhodiola Rosea extract, or “Roseroot” extract, which is known to have relaxation and adaptogen qualities, is another ingredient in this special blend. Other benefits of Bliss® Anti-Stress Formula may include helping the body adapt to stress, helping to enhance and stabilize mood and promoting mental clarity.*
ACTS is an acronym that stands for Adrenal, Cortisol, Thyroid & Stress Support Formula*. When we are faced with stress, our bodies go into “fight or flight” response and certain hormones are released by the adrenal gland, hormones that would give the body a burst of energy and strength. TLS ACTS helps to reduce stress placed on the adrenals to perform, thereby helping to decrease the possibility of adrenal fatigue. Cortisol is commonly known as the “stress hormone”. The thyroid is a large ductless gland in the neck which secretes hormones regulating growth and development through the rate of metabolism. TLS® ACTS may help to promote normal levels of cortisol as well as support normal thyroid function.
Additionally, ACTS may also:
- Help to minimize certain stress-related issues (weight gain, difficulty sleeping, etc.)*
- Help maintain healthy levels of both serotonin and dopamine*
- Help enhance and stabilize mood*
- Help to stabilize emotional responses to stress*
TLS® ACTS contains a blend of plant extracts including Holy Basil (to help maintain normal blood glucose levels) in addition to Sensoril Ashwagandha (to promote the normal regulation of thyroid function), and Rhodiola (to promote relaxation, mental clarity, and normal neurotransmitter levels). It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which may promote feelings of calmness and tranquility.*
For some people, stress can potentially impact sleep. For those who have difficulty sleeping, Isotonix Essentials® Turn Down is designed for relaxation — formulated with magnesium and a custom blend of vitamins, amino acids and minerals to help promote mental clarity and support healthy sleep quality.*
Isotonix Essentials® Turn Down contains a blend of vitamins A, B2, B6, C and D3 and minerals like magnesium and calcium to support your sleep health. It also includes 500 mg of the amino acid L-tryptophan, which is converted into 5-hydroxytryptophan, which then can be converted into serotonin — the neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood and ultimately create melatonin a critical sleep neurohormone.*
Isotonix Essentials® Turn Down is available in a packet of isotonic-capable powder, meaning that when mixed with the recommended amount of water, the solution becomes isotonic – having the same chemical resemblance as the body’s own fluids, such as blood, plasma and tears. All bodily fluids share a common osmotic pressure and an isotonic solution bears the same pressure as well. When mixed with the proper amount of water, the Isotonix brand nutritional supplements are delivered in an isotonic solution, making absorption of nutrients highly efficient.
Magnesium is a mineral that supports the normal metabolism of other minerals like potassium and calcium. It also helps maintain normal levels of phosphorus, adrenaline and insulin. It works with calcium to help maintain the normal regulation of the heart and blood pressure. Magnesium is required for normal energy release, regulation of body temperature, nerve function and adaption to stress and metabolism. Isotonix® Magnesium provides 400 mg of this important nutrient in both the citrate and glycinate forms making it a highly beneficial magnesium that is also gentle on the stomach while also being in an isotonic-capable solution like Isotonix Essentials Turn Down.*
The classic B Complex is a group of eight vitamins that each have their own specific function but as a group, help to support the process by which the food you eat is converted into energy to be used by your body. You can learn more about the individual vitamins in the guide “Exploring Vitamin B Benefits & Sources of Vitamin B”. Isotonix® Activated B Complex delivers the metabolically active forms of the vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid (B9) as Quatrefolic® to ensure that your body absorbs and utilizes these nutrients quickly and efficiently. These three B vitamins, in particular, must undergo certain chemical changes before they can be utilized by the body. In their non-active forms, the body must work harder to “activate” and therefore utilize these nutrients. But the B6 (P5P), B12 (methylcobalamin) and Quatrefolic® in Isotonix® Activated B Complex are already active. The Activated B-complex helps to maintain healthy levels of serotonin, increase energy and decrease stress and is available in the signature Isotonix® isotonic-capable solution.*
“Natural approaches to general wellbeing often utilize a diverse combination of vitamins, botanicals, amino acids as well as meditation, yoga and mindfulness to promote healthy lifestyles,” said Dr. Deedra Mason, Market America | SHOP.COM Vice President of Product Development & Clinical Education. “Vitamins and minerals are natural building blocks for neurotransmitters which can promote a healthy stress reaction just as mindfulness and deep breathing can help individuals deal with stressful situations. An individual’s relative access to these natural building blocks may be limited when you consider the increased physical and mental demands of our jobs, our social life and our family life. Often these three parts of our life are at odds with each other, and yet each is so necessary to complete us as human beings. Finding a way to unplug and take care of ourselves may put us one step closer to perfect balance.”
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product(s) is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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