Roberta S. recently wrote to me about how to handle stress. Her doctor told her that it's contributing to some of her health problems. "I don't know what to do about it," she said. "I can't control what happens in my life!" None of us can, Roberta. But we can have some control over how we handle it. It's extremely important to find ways to handle stress because it can contribute to serious health problems.
Stress causes your adrenal glands to produce a hormone called cortisol. Chronically high cortisol is associated with weight gain, fluctuating blood sugar, a loss of memory, depression, muscle weakness, flu and bronchitis, lowered immunity, and thin skin.
You've probably heard the typical advice about how to lower stress – things like altering your diet, drinking plenty of water, and breathing and relaxation techniques. But did you know that you can go a long way toward handling stress simply by taking the right supplements? It's true!
One supplement that works particularly well is eleutherococcus senticosa, formerly called Siberian ginseng. Research has shown that it boosts your body's resistance to stress, especially during high-stress periods.
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Another great stress reducer is rhodiola. It's been used for centuries. And more recently, it's been proven effective in studies involving doctors, astronauts, Olympic athletes, and others who subject themselves to a great deal of stress. Buy a tincture from your health food store and take one dropperful three times a day.
At the very top of my list of favorite adaptogens is MycoPhyto Complex, a combination of medicinal mushrooms that have been grown on immune-enhancing Chinese herbs. It boosts your body's immune system and helps you fight stress-related health problems much more effectively.
All of these will help you handle stress better and protect you from the health problems it can cause.
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Dr. Janet Zand