Stress supplements and Vitamins Guide
Stress is a fact of life. That’s because life is challenging and stress is the response of the brain and body to the demands we face each day.
Since the brain acts as a control center for the body, it is actively involved in the stress response process. The effects of stress can often be seen in the brain in the form of issues concerning memory, mood and cognition.
This guide is going to teach you about the effects of stress on the brain and present it in a different way that may affect you positively. Also included are practices and supplement suggestions for effective stress management.
- What is Stress?
- Types of Stress
- How to Manage Stress
- A New Attitude for Dealing with Stress
- Stress Management Practices & Nootropics Supplements
What is Stress?
Everyone has experienced stress at some point, even if it’s just from entering the world crying in a stressful state after being expelled from our mother’s womb. Stress can come from many directions, and even just thinking about stress can be stressful. That’s because stress is a message telling us that we are facing challenges and need to level up in some way.
Types of Stress
While the things that stress us out can be unlimited, most stressful events can be classified into three primary categories as follows:
Mental stress typically involves events or input that causes “noise” in the brain and prevents us from thinking clearly. Some examples include:
- Difficult schoolwork assignments
- Extremely demanding computer work
- Tight deadlines and being forced to work “too fast”
- Trying to learn difficult concepts too quickly
- Focusing on too many things at once
- Buzzing, beeping and distracting noises
This type of stress involves events creating intense negative feelings that include guilt, shame, despair, pain, fear and loss. They include:
- A beloved family member or friend passing away
- Divorce and partner breakups
- Arguments with family/friends
- Watching negative events on the news
- Violent movies or television shows
- Being betrayed by a trusted person
Physical stress includes events that directly affect the body and cause pain or disease. They include:
- Car, bike, boat or other vehicle accidents
- Sports injuries
- Chemicals in the food or water
- Air and water pollution
- Chronic work-related injuries
- Excess physical work
These lists are definitely not exhaustive and many items from one list can overlap or cross over into another list.
For example, chronic stress from chemicals in processed food will affect energy levels. This is a form of physical stress that may, in turn, affect work capacity. That could then cause someone to get fired from their job which can then bring on major emotional stress.
Another example could be emotional stress from a bad relationship causing someone to overeat sweet foods that make them gain weight, which then can create stress on a physical level.
How to Manage Stress
Stress management is an ongoing process on several levels that include proper nutrition, movement, supplementation, and the right mental attitude.
While attitude was mentioned last on that list, it really is the first item to evaluate. This is because the right attitude starts in the mind, and the mind programs the brain.
The brain is intertwined and connected with the body to such an extent that some scientists like the late, great Dr. Candace Pert believe that they are one and the same.
A New Attitude for Dealing with Stress
Cultivating a positive attitude can go a long way in stress management. While many of the things that happen to people may not be their fault, they do become their responsibility.
The “response” in responsibility is key here because a failure to respond to the situation can make it worse. Feeling upset, bitter or devastated is natural in the beginning, however it can pile on increasing negativity due to the release of cortisol.
Cortisol causes a cascade of damage to all systems of the body and can result in many brain-related problems including:
- Memory and impairment
- Reduced concentration
- Sleep issues
Owning stress is the proactive thing to do because it forces a person to take responsibility, or to formulate the right response to a situation.
Responding to a situation with confidence and an attitude of strength produces positive “I can do it” feelings in the brain resulting from the release of dopamine.
Many people from all walks of life all over the world have overcome severe health problems, economic ruin and the deaths of loved ones this way, emerging as heroes in their own story. The difference is in their attitude.
Stress-Management Practices & Supplements
Since stress factors are unique to each person, it helps to start with stress-management ideas that can benefit all situations.
One universal idea that is true in every case is that a strong body and mind will help anyone overcome anything with greater success and confidence.
The following list of tips can be applied to any situation, anywhere, and can form a blueprint for a successful personal stress management program.
1. Detox the Mind
A good start for most people is to detox the mind from unnecessary negativity that is adding to the naturally-occurring stress that accumulates daily.
Violence, drama, reality-TV and video games are fun at times, however few people realize how this content affects them physiologically. The same goes for the violence seen during the non-stop 24-hour news cycle.
Whether its truth or fiction, watching violence causes cortisol to rush through the body. While it’s not possible (or even necessary) to remove these influences completely, it can really help to be aware of what’s happening to the body while watching content of this nature and responding accordingly.
2. Eat Healthy and Move Often
Eating non-processed local food without chemicals is one of the first lines of defense against stress. Besides eliminating blood sugar imbalances that can affect cognition, avoiding processed items is also wise because this type of food contains many toxins that can unnecessarily tax the systems of the body.
Besides getting nutrition on point, exercise is also important because it encourages the release of “feel-good” chemicals. Besides feeling better, a movement practice has also been shown to protect the brain from the negative effects of aging and to reduce the incidence of various neurological diseases.
Nootropics supplements are the “jewel in the crown” of any wellness practice. The following are some supplements available in our store that can help combat the effects of stress, increase oxygen flow, and support cognitive function:
This is a special form of magnesium that was created to promote neuroplasticity due to its ability to pass the blood-brain barrier easily.
Click here to learn more about magnesium L-threonate.
Used for thousands of years as part of the Ayurvedic tradition of India, ashwagandha has been prescribed to reduce stress and promote wellbeing.
Click here to learn more about ashwagandha.
Reduced glutathione is an antioxidant that is found in plants, fungi, animals and some bacteria. It is thought to help prevent and repair the oxidative damage caused by free radicals, peroxides, heavy metals, and other harmful substances.
Click here to learn more about reduced glutathione.
Supplements like these can be used alone as part of a holistic health regimen or taken in a combination with others as part of a nootropics stack.
For more information and product recommendations, please visit the stress section of our store.