Stress Control Center
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Stress results from a physical or psychological situation that puts pressure on the body's natural balance and sense of well-being. Whether we like it or not, stress occurs as a regular part of everyday life. Work deadlines, family concerns, pain, traffic, economic pressures, as well as job promotions, new homes, and marriages are examples of sources of stress in our daily lives.
No matter what the source, stress causes a natural physical change often referred to as a "fight or flight" response. This perception of threat affects almost all bodily processes and organs. Adrenalin is secreted, blood pressure rises, and muscles tense up. Cortisol is released which inhibits disease-fighting white blood cells and suppresses the immune system. In order to produce lots of energy quickly, the body increases its metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. During this process, the body excretes lots of nutrients including potassium, magnesium, calcium, and amino acids. Our digestion also slows down causing fats and sugars to be released from body stores, a rise in cholesterol, and a decrease in the absorption of nutrients. A state of continual stress can cause vitamin deficiencies, especially the B-vitamins, and electrolyte imbalances. Stress promotes the formation of free radicals that can damage cell membranes and body tissue. In short, stress increases our susceptibility to a variety of illnesses as well as the time it takes to recover from them.
Several key nutrients are necessary to help the body fight the damaging effects of everyday stress. Numerous vitamins and minerals are utilized as the body copes with the effects of stress. Replacing these vital nutrients with a high quality vitamin/mineral supplement is invaluable. Particularly important are vitamins A, C, and E, as well as the B-Complex vitamins; antioxidants and essential fatty acids should also be supplemented. Occasionally, ginseng and glandular extracts may help under extremely stressful conditions.
- Well balanced diet
- Avoid tobacco
- Limit alcohol use
- Regular aerobic exercise
- Practice stress management techniques
- Quality sleep
- Commit to leisure time
- Pharmacist’s Supplement Recommendations:
- Vitamins and Minerals - all are important, especially B-complex, vitamins A, C, & E
- Herbs and Phytonutrients - ginseng, coenzyme Q10, DHEA
- Amino Acids - all, especially essential amino acids
- Glandulars - adrenal, pituitary
- Essential Fatty Acids - DHA and omega-3
- Antioxidants - grape seed extract, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, selenium
These products are recommended by licensed pharmacists who have specialized in natural medicines and dietary supplements. For maximum benefit from these recommendations, be sure to read the Wellness Center Guidelines.
||Essentials Performance $36.00
A well-designed, high quality vitamin and mineral supplement with key nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and B-vitamins helps to replace the nutrients our bodies have lost from daily stress. Replenishing stores of important nutrients allows our bodies to cope with the stress of today’s modern world, as well as to decrease our susceptibility to stress-related illnesses. Our Essentials Performance Formula provides the right combination of high quality vitamins and minerals perfect for supporting overall body health when dealing with stress.
||CoEnzyme Q10 / 50mg $16.10
Nearly every cell in our body uses coenzyme Q10 to produce energy. It is essential for the health and survival of all human tissues and organs. The elderly, people suffering from illness or stress, or people with poor diets may have low coenzyme Q10 levels. This high quality Japanese source coenzyme Q10 product provides the additional amounts needed to function well under stressful conditions.
||AntiOxidant Essentials $30.30
Antioxidants help protect the body the formation of damaging free radicals. As free radical scavengers, antioxidants neutralize these free radicals, thus guarding against the deterioration of cell membranes and body tissues induced by stress. Anyone suffering from physical and mental stress needs the protecting effects of antioxidants. Antioxidants are key to helping the body effectively cope with stress. AntiOxidant Essentials is a core nutritional supplement for all patients, especially those under a lot of physical and mental stress.
||Omega Max $18.50
Every living cell in our bodies needs a daily supply of essential fatty acids, taken in from an outside source such as a supplement. They are the “good fats” that are essential for the rebuilding and producing new cells lost by the ravages of stress. Since stress is an unavoidable part of everyday life, one of the best ways to cope with stress is to provide the body with plenty of good essential fatty acids for good health. Our Omega Max is a high quality fatty acid supplement containing Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils from fresh, cold-pressed borage, organic flax seed, and deep sea fish oils. Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in the proper composition of nerve cell membranes thus impacting our ability to deal with stress.
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Additional Information on Stress Control
- Stress at Work - publication by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health