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Supplements for Stress Management

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Jack Challem, The Nutrition Reporter™

We've all heard that stress is a killer. And it really is. A 2014 study of veterans found that major life stresses, such as divorce or job loss, increased the risk of premature death by 38 percent. Vets experiencing both...



Posted 01/01/70
Author

Ned McCrum, CCH, MSN

Could a deficiency of the amino acid glycine prevent healthy sleep?

Got sleep? It seems that many of us are having trouble getting enough of it these days. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) acknowledged that sleep deprivation is a serious health concern leading to other health problems, such as obesity, depression, and diabetes. More than a quarter of Americans report occasional trouble sleeping and up to 10 percent have chronic insomnia.1 While many of us could blame stress or any number of other reasons why we have trouble falling or staying asleep, one reason that has been generally overlooked is a deficiency in the amino acid glycine. New...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Lindsay Wilson

Unsettling side effects from prescription sleep aids are causing many to turn to natural sleep solutions

Weird things were happening to Theresa… and they were happening at night. Clues to her strange nocturnal behavior were left behind in the mornings. “I would get up and find empty food containers sitting around. One night I ate a whole bag of Oreos, another night I opened a can of peas and ate the whole can.” The strange behavior didn’t stop at raiding the cupboards – “I would clean,” she says. “I would wake up to find the vacuum cleaner in the middle of the floor, when I knew it wasn’t there when I went to bed; one night...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Jen Allbritton, CN

Stress is the body’s mental, emotional, and physiological response to any situation that is new, threatening, frightening, or exciting. Stress should not be avoided entirely. A certain amount of stress is necessary for optimum health, performance, and well-being. However, your mind and body work most efficiently and effectively when you are relaxed. Performance and enjoyment decline when you feel “stressed out.” Stress can be controlled with simple relaxation techniques. For the best results, set aside some time every day for relaxation using one or more of the following:   Exercise Regular aerobic exercise is one of the best methods for...

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Posted 01/01/70
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Jen Allbritton, CN

Dr. Edward Bach studied medicine at the University College Hospital, London, and was a House Surgeon there. He worked in general practice, having a set of consulting rooms in Harley Street, and as a bacteriologist and later a pathologist. Despite the success of his work with orthodox medicine he felt dissatisfied with the way doctors were expected to concentrate on diseases and ignore the people who were suffering them. He was inspired by his work with homoeopathy but wanted to find remedies that would be purer and less reliant on the products of disease. He found that energy of certain...

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Posted 01/01/70
Author

Jen Allbritton, CN

What is 5-HTP & What Does it DO?

5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is the intermediate between tryptophan and serotonin. It is used by the body to make serotonin, an important substance for normal nerve and brain function. Serotonin appears to play significant roles in sleep, emotional moods, pain control, inflammation, intestinal peristalsis, and other body functions.[1] Therefore, 5-HTP supplementation may be helpful for symptoms associated with low serotonin levels, such as emotional imbalances, sleeping problems, headaches, weight loss, and muscle aches and pains. [7] Some more detailed information follows. Emotional Imbalance It has been shown that serotonin levels in individuals with depressed feelings are considerably lower than those in normal subjects....

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