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Stress -- Support for your body in times of stress

"The holidays can bring lot of stress to our lives as can many other of life's events.  What sort of things can you do to support your body through stressful times??

Some good ideas include:

1) Deep Breathing.  Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth slowly about 5 to 6 times.  Hold your breath at the peak of your inhale for a couple of seconds before slowly exhaling.  Then wait for a couple of seconds after you exhale before slowly inhaling again.  You should notice a difference in how you feel and will hopefully feel more relaxed.

2) Take a good quality B-vitamin.  A good multivitamin should provide you with enough B-vitamins.  If it doesn't then take an extra B-vitamin to help support your nervous system.

3) Take L-Theanine at 200mg a dose to help calm your anxiety.  L-Theanine increases GABA in the brain which is the calming neurotransmitter in the brain.  You can take it during the day and it should only calm you down and not make you sleepy.  Take it on an empty stomach.

4) Get some good sleep.  Sleep is the universal healer of many things that ail us.  If you aren't sleeping well then try some L-Tryptophan an hour or so before bed.  This will help increase serotonin which will help make Melatonin.  Melatonin is important for good quality sleep.  Serotonin is also good for decreasing depressive symptoms.

5) Exercise!!  This increases endorphins which are the body's natural pain killer and also helps us to feel good.

6) Don't eat too much sugar!!  Sugar suppresses the immune system and increases our body fat.

May you have a relaxing and joyous holiday season."


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