There are multiple tools one can use to manage stress- my favorites are meditating on a regular basis, community support, therapy, and a nourishing diet and supplementation. As part of the latter, here are three tools that have been proven helpful:
1. Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha can help regulate your body’s stress hormone, cortisol, which can make you feel more calm and potentially soothe adrenal fatigue - a condition that causes extreme exhaustion, body aches, and muscle pain - by supporting the brain-adrenal (HPA) axis, too. Research shows significant reduction in cortisol levels and self-reported stress and anxiety symptoms in those taking ashwagandha. Many studies have demonstrated the calming effects of ashwagandha. One study showed that people who took just two months of ashwangandha supplements had reductions in anxiety of up to 44 percent. Our Magic Mushroom Mix does not only have this stress-reducing and immunity-building adaptogen: It also includes yummy cocoa, chaga, reishi, lucuma, and cinnamon, all of which have additional benefits!
2. Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3s are responsible for keeping your hormones happy and healthy. Many studies show that omega-3s are able to reduce stress after just 6 weeks of supplementations. That said, what we do regularly, on a daily basis, is what matters the most. Make sure to include healthy fats to your diet, as salad dressings, in Buddha bowls, or as a part of your healthy breakfast.
3. Magnesium. A significant percentage of the population is not getting enough magnesium. This is unfortunate, because magnesium helps regulate cortisol levels, keeps anxiety levels in check, and supports energy production. Pay attention to include these foods to your daily diet: Seeds such as pumpkin seeds and chia seeds, nuts such as almonds, and cashews, dried fruits, legumes, fruits like papayas and bananas, and leafy green vegetables like spinach. Keep alcohol, fizzy drinks and caffeine to a minimum. Consider adding sea vegetables as part of a balanced diet.
Please remember that what works for one person does not always work for the next. Having lab work done and working with a certified health care practitioner is the first step in taking control of your health. Please talk to your healthcare professional before adding supplements to your routine, and ask if they can advise on dosing.