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Top 5 stress-busting supplements

Stress is damaging to your mental and physical health. Here are five supplements recommended by naturopathic doctor Dr. Holly Lucille to help you combat chronic stress.

If stress seems to be the norm in your life, you've probably already realized you're putting your physical and mental health at risk. Headaches, stomach ailments, anxiety, insomnia -- the list of health detriments goes on and on when it comes to the effects of chronic stress. The best way to manage it is to take a multi-faceted approach that includes diet, exercise, relaxation, prayer, meditation, and perhaps professional help. There are even supplements you can add to your stress reducing program. We talked with acclaimed natural medical expert Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN to find out the best supplements that can help you manage chronic stress.
If stress seems to be the norm in your life, you've probably already realized you're putting your physical and mental health at risk. Headaches, stomach ailments, anxiety, insomnia -- the list of health detriments goes on and on when it comes to the effects of chronic stress. The best way to manage it is to take a multi-faceted approach that includes diet, exercise, relaxation, prayer, meditation, and perhaps professional help. There are even supplements you can add to your stress reducing program. We talked with acclaimed natural medical expert Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN to find out the best supplements that can help you manage chronic stress.

Who is Dr. Holly Lucille?

Dr. Holly Lucille is a well-known medical expert who has been named one of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential People”. She has had years of success of leading patients to recovery by getting to the root of their ailments instead of taking a band-aid approach that only covers the symptoms. She is a naturopathic practitioner who treats patients so that they restore their health through natural means. Dr. Lucille knows how stressful our current day lifestyles are and prescribes supplements to help her patients combat chronic stress.

Supplements that help reduce stress

"Regarding stress in our modern day, I think is safe to say that we have reached a new normal!  Anything from unresolved emotional issues to relationship and financial issues are kicking off our stress response on an average of 50 times per day," says the medical expert. "As a naturopathic practitioner I use the following ingredients often to help people combat the effects of unrelenting and chronic stress."

Holy Basil

According to Dr. Lucille, Holy Basil has many medicinal uses, including antibacterial and anti-viral properties. "It is helpful for coughs, upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, stress-related skin disorders and indigestion," she explains. "It enhances adrenal function by lowering cortisol levels. Which results in reducing the negative effects of stress."

Siberian Ginseng

Siberian ginseng has been used for centuries in Eastern countries, including China and Russia. Prized for its ability to restore vigor, increase longevity, enhance overall health, and
stimulate both a healthy appetite and a good memory, it is widely used in Russia to help the body adapt to stressful conditions and return the body to a normal balance.

L-Theanine

"L-Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that has been shown to reduce mental and physical stress and may produce feelings of relaxation," says Dr. Lucille. L-Theanine is speculated to produce these effects by increasing the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) production. It increases also has been shown to increase  serotonin and dopamine

Rhodiola

According to Dr. Lucille, rhodiola rosea has a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, decreasing depression, enhancing work performance, eliminating fatigue, and increasing resistance to a variety of chemical, biological, and physical stressors.

Pantothenic  Acid (vitamin B5)

"This is a water soluble vitamin which is produced in the intestines by bacteria and is known to place a role on preventing depression," says Dr. Lucille. "It is closely involved in adrenal cortex function and has come to be known as the "antistress" vitamin. It supports the adrenal glands to increase production of cortisone and other adrenal hormones to help counteract stress and enhance metabolism."


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