As we’re getting back into our schedule of routines, we are getting back to the hassles and stresses that we tried to avoid all summer. In doing so, many of us are fighting with stress, the inability to sleep, or even restless sleep at best. This month, our tip is some thing you can do to help eliminate the effects of stress on your body.
One of the best “stress busters” is breathing. In our daily regime, we seldom take deep breaths, which help cleanse our system of toxins, help regulate our heartbeat, and all kinds of other good things for our body. One of the best breathing protocols I’ve heard is something I learned at an Anthony Robbins seminar. Whether or not he came up with the idea, I want to give him credit, since this is where I learned it, and have been using it ever since. It is the count of 1:4:2 method. Inhale through your nose for 4-5 seconds, hold your breath for 4x that length (16-20 seconds), and then exhale through your mouth for 2x the initial length (8-10 seconds). I usually start with 4 seconds in, 16 seconds hold, and 8 seconds out. This can be increased or decreased depending on your abilities, but should be done for 10 breath cycles. This simple exercise can help make a big difference when confronted by stress, when having a difficult time calming down, or getting to sleep.
People are always looking for the magic supplement that will help eliminate stress and its’ deadly effects on our body, and at this time, I don’t know of one single supplement that we can take that will “do it all”. But, there are several supplements that we can take to help reduce stresses effects, and help our bodies cope. The first stress buster supplement is B-Complex. Vitamin B has MANY factors that help our body cope with stress, and we highly recommend B-Complex for all our “stressed” patients. Many B-complex vitamins are the same, but some are better quality than others, and there are specific ones we recommend. If you are unsure which to use, ask us next time you’re in the office, which ones we think are the best.
Another supplement we recommend is Formula 303. This is a special formulation from Dee Cee Labs that contains Valerian root as the primary ingredient. Valerian root has been shown in clinical trials to be beneficial in aiding sleep and relaxing muscles. Valerian root has been used in Germany for years as a primary muscle relaxant, which is non-addictive, and non-habit forming.
Another supplement we recommend is Proteo-Plus. This supplement is an anti-oxidant and contains proteolytic enzymes which help enhance the body’s ability to heal from traumas or periods of increased stress. This special formula has been found to have one of the most effective and efficient anti-oxidant properties and has been found to help the body repair and eliminate harmful oxidized compound.
One final stress buster is WATER. I keep “harping” on the benefits of water, but if we would keep our bodies better hydrated, several of the effects of stress would be much less damaging. So the next time you feel a little stressed, drink some water, take some deep breaths, take your anti-stress supplements and know that it will all work out!