Support Stress Levels Throughout The Holidays

Support Stress Levels Throughout The Holidays

Shopping and concerts and cooking and wrapping and traveling and family gatherings and on and on it goes. The holidays are a wonderful time of year for connecting and making memories, but sometimes the added activities cause us to feel just plain stressed out.

In response to stress the body produces adrenaline and cortisol which raise the heart rate, blood sugar, and anxiety. This can make us productive in the short-term but exhausted when stress is prolonged. Chronic stress impacts our mental health by accelerating memory loss and aging as well as increasing anxiety disorders, but it also impacts our physical health by leading to heart disease, migraines, diabetes, obesity, and a weakened immune system.

There are a number of lifestyle changes that can be adopted to help the body cope with stress such as sufficient sleep, regular exercise, yoga or meditation, a healthy diet, a positive attitude, and a supportive network of family and friends. Nutrients such as omega-3’s, B vitamins, and magnesium have also been shown to support the body in times of stress.

Herbal remedies have also been used for centuries to help the body deal with stress. A specific type of herb called an “adaptogen” is known to help normalize the body’s function during times of stress. One such adaptogen is called Ashwagandha. Used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, this herb decreases stress-induced damage in the body by reducing cortisol levels.

While Ashwagandha is clinically proven to decrease the effects of stress on the body, not every supplement is created equal. Health First has formulated a unique, full-spectrum extract of Ashwagandha branded as KSM-66. This uniquely processed supplement is the highest concentration full-spectrum Ashwagandha on the market with the highest percentage of active withanolides. It is 100% organic, extracted without alcohol or synthetic solvents, and fortified with numerous other nutrients.

Give your body a great gift this season—protection against the damaging effects of stress with a daily dose of Ashwagandha.
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