How stress can get the best of you:

 

Stress is our reaction to our external environment, as well as our inner thoughts and feelings. Stress is our body's natural response to dangers. The "fight or flight" mechanism is the body's preparedness to do battle or flee from danger. Extreme cold or heat, psychological stress, sleep deprivation, work overload, physical trauma, as well as toxic exposure, can all trigger the stress response.

 

This response involves a complex biochemical/hormonal process. The body’s stress response system is comprised of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Hormones are chemical messengers that trigger our body’s organs to respond.

 

Our body’s stress response, the HPA Axis, consists of three stages:

 

Stage 1) Alarm

 

This is the point when the body’s normal fight-or-flight response to danger elevates cortisol.

 

Stage 2) Resistance

 

This stage occurs long after the initial fight-or-flight response has dissipated. This stage allows the body to continue buffering extended stress exposure.

 

Stage 3) Exhaustion

 

Finally, when long term stress creates an imbalance in cortisol and DHEA production, it results in mental and physical fatigue, nervous tension, irritability and poor memory exhaustion.

 

 

How to help your body resist the effects of stress:

 

One of my favorite supplements for overall daily stress is AdreneViveTM by OrthoMolecular. AdreneViveTM provides a unique blend of "stress adapting botanicals" known as adaptogens which help increase the body’s resistance to fatigue while helping to maintain balanced cortisol and DHEA levels.

 

AdreneVive 60 caps

 

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The stress adapting botanicals in AdreneViveTM include:

 

  • L-theanine: an amino acid found abundantly in green tea which has been shown to quickly improve stress perception and resilience.
  • Phosphatidylserine: a phospholipid that is found in high concentrations in the brain, which has been found to reduce stress-induced excretion of cortisol.
  • Ashwagandha: a powerful adaptogen that helps to improve stress resilience, supports immune response, regulates the sleep cycle, supports healthy thyroid function and protects against exhaustion of the nervous system. It has also been shown to be beneficial in supporting proper mood regulation and restoring a sense of calmness under stress.
  • Rhodiola: also an adaptogen that has demonstrated an ability to preserve levels of our calming neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
  • Eleutherococcus senticosus: another strong adaptogenic botanical that has been shown to improve stress resilience and fight fatigue, as well as improve general health, support memory and endurance.