April is Stress Awareness Month, and stress has many negative effects on your life and health. Because of the many adverse results of stress, things that alleviate it will make you calmer and less prone to the various negative consequences. There are steps you can take to reduce stress, along with its consequences, which include exercise, meditation and certain stress relieving supplements. In this article, we will discuss the ways that stress affects the body and mind, and how certain supplements have been shown to help.

How Stress Affects the Body 

There are many ways in which stress affects the body. These include short-term symptoms, such as headaches, palpitations, chest pain, muscle tension, nausea or stomach cramps, sleeplessness, and changes in libido. You might also experience muscle pain with no identifiable source. When unchecked, stress can lead to a lot of long-term diseases. These include high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Often, behavior and physical health go hand-in-hand. It’s not often that physical symptoms have no mental health consequence. In the next section, you will see how stress affects your mental health and your mood, including internal and external manifestations.

How Stress Affects Mental Health 

Your mental health can be divided into two categories for the purposes of stress effects: your mood and your behavior. Often, your behavior is the outward manifestation of your mood. Mood-wise, you may experience anxiety, depression, restlessness, lack of focus, lack of motivation, feelings of being overwhelmed, irritation and anger, or depression. Your behavior, which is how you express these moods, can include alarming actions such as over- or under-eating, outbursts at close friends and family, tobacco, drug or alcohol use, withdrawing from social events, and not being physically active. Stress relief supplements can help you maintain a better mood so that your behavior doesn’t spiral out of control.

What Are Stress Relief Supplements 

Stress relief supplements include vitamins and minerals that will help alleviate the feelings of stress and bring your physical and emotional symptoms into balance. These supplements include natural remedies such as magnesium, melatonin, Vitamin B6, Omega 3 Acids, Ginseng and more. The supplements that are right for you depend on the particular symptoms you have. It is important to obey the dosage instructions to avoid problems with digestion or negative side effects. Consult with a CardioMender, MD clinician to get you on the right track. 

How Stress Relief Supplements Can Help 

As mentioned, stress relief supplements can bring your body back into balance. To use the examples given above, melatonin can improve sleep function, Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and can aid in pain relief. Magnesium has been shown to have beneficial effects on anxiety, reduce both muscle spasms and migraines, and Ginseng can help with digestion. Relora® has been shown to reduce stress, stress eating and cortisol levels*. Lactium® has been shown to help rebalance the adrenal gland and in reducing cortisol production. L-Theanine and Lactium® both have demonstrated benefits in supporting relaxation during daytime. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and there are hundreds, if not thousands, more supplements you can choose from in order to improve your mental and physical health in response to stress.

Stress is an all too common condition. Whether you are suffering due to your work schedule, or you have family or personal challenges, the bottom line is that stress makes things difficult on both your physical and mental health. When you are stressed, you are putting yourself at risk for a variety of health complications. Stress relieving supplements can ease your mind and release physical and mental tension.

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