Stressed Out! Ever tried Ashwaganda?

Natural Foods:  Stressed Out! Ever tried Ashwaganda?
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Let's face it, these times can be stressful. So many of us are affected by chronic stressors: financial issues, work issues, child issues, over-scheduled lives, that result in stress responses such as headaches, difficulty sleeping, over-eating, lowered immunity, to name just a few. Unmanaged stress has been linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, ulcers and hypertension. What can help? Exercise, like walking each day, can help elevate mood and helps to boost "happy" chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters and endorphins). Eat whole foods with lots of naturally occurring B vitamins. These include whole grains, leafy greens (like kale and Swiss Chard), lentils, beans, tempeh, miso, bananas, cabbage, and oranges. Minimize processed grains in your diet as they have had most of the B vitamins and other nutrients, such as fiber and healthy fats, removed. Studies have shown that nutrients like vitamins B and C, calcium and magnesium can help overall stress, mood and anxiety. They also show the use of medicinal herbs called "adaptogens," long used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, help the body combat stress. Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogen that provides immune and adrenal support, can improve symptoms of sadness or depression and helps increase physical resistance to external stress. Try Oregon's Wild Harvest brand; both capsule and herb are non-GMO and free of gluten, wheat, soy, peanuts and corn allergens. Check out their biodynamic farming methods and take tour For more valuable information on natural remedies, click on this link at keyword Healthnotes.
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