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Since avoiding stress and anxiety altogether is virtually impossible, it is important that we respond in the healthiest and most productive way.
Anxiety disorders, as a group, are the most common mental illness in America. More than 19 million American adults are affected each year and even more experience everyday stress. Stress can cause chemical changes in the body that have negative effects on both mental and physical health. Furthermore, stress has been implicated in causing a deficient immune system because of the nature of the body's response. During a stressful situation, the body signals the release of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstream. These hormones speed up heart rate, making the heart work too hard. Muscles tighten, blood pressure increases, and brain activity speeds up as well. Other physiological symptoms of stress can include hyperventilation, dizziness, digestive disorders, and headaches.
Relax. There are plenty of simple ways to calm stressed nerves naturally. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day and getting at least 8 hours of restful sleep will allow your body to function at its best and help to minimize stress. There are several creative techniques to combat stress, such as going for a walk, practicing breathing exercise, listening to music or spending time with friends.
You can also manage anxiety and stress naturally with Relax Now, a powerful herbal formula that balances mood, lifts spirits and promotes an overall sense of well-being. Sleep Now contains passionflower, melatonin, valerian, hops and lavender, which all help to relax the nervous system and promote a peaceful night's sleep. The flavonoids in passionflower have a calming effect and the properties in valerian and hops help to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. Schizandra Plus contains helpful antioxidants which support the body's natural defenses against stress such as schizandra berries, Vitamins C and E, beta carotene and the mineral selenium.
So try not to stress over stress. There are a number of healthy ways to calm your day and rest easy at night.
Dr. Gratton also serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Education at Herbalife.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.