Easing stress with supplements

Stress occurs when your body and mind is under too much mental or emotional pressure. It can present itself in a number of ways from weight loss, fatigue and headaches to sleeping problems, low self-esteem and even physical ailments like high blood pressure.

Here are some supplements that can help to ease stress:

Magnesium

Ideal for reducing anxiety and promoting a restful sleep, magnesium is useful to take just before bedtime if you’re having trouble nodding off. It also neutralises stomach acids, preventing painful indigestion that can often hinder a peaceful night of slumber.

B vitamins

Shown to improve the mood and enhance a general feeling of well-being, B Vitamins such as folic acid and Vitamin B12 have an impact on reducing stress levels when taken regularly over an extended period.

Omega 3 fish oils

Found in oily fish, such as mackerel, fresh tuna and sardines, Omega 3 oils are a useful anti-inflammatory that help to relieve muscle and joint pain that can often be a source of stress for older people who find it difficult to move around. Also found in flax seeds, these oils boost memory function too.

Ginseng

Herbal remedy ginseng is often used in Aryuvedic medicine and is perfect for combating fatigue and exhaustion. A tired body hampers the immune system, which can trigger anxiety and stress, so preventing fatigue is vital to beating stress. Ginseng also balances serotonin (the body’s happy hormone) and dopamine as well as supporting the immune system.

Other ways to reduce stress include taking regular exercise and meditating. Planning and managing your time better can also help curb stress because it prevents you from coming into contact with common triggers. Supplements can help protect your body from stress and fill in small nutrient gaps in your diet. Taken in conjunction with a healthy diet, supplements can play an important part in managing anxiety and stress.

Easing stress with supplements

Stress occurs when your body and mind is under too much mental or emotional pressure. It can present itself in a number of ways from weight loss, fatigue and headaches to sleeping problems, low self-esteem and even physical ailments like high blood pressure.

Here are some supplements that can help to ease stress:

Magnesium

Ideal for reducing anxiety and promoting a restful sleep, magnesium is useful to take just before bedtime if you’re having trouble nodding off. It also neutralises stomach acids, preventing painful indigestion that can often hinder a peaceful night of slumber.

B vitamins

Shown to improve the mood and enhance a general feeling of well-being, B Vitamins such as folic acid and Vitamin B12 have an impact on reducing stress levels when taken regularly over an extended period.

Omega 3 fish oils

Found in oily fish, such as mackerel, fresh tuna and sardines, Omega 3 oils are a useful anti-inflammatory that help to relieve muscle and joint pain that can often be a source of stress for older people who find it difficult to move around. Also found in flax seeds, these oils boost memory function too.

Ginseng

Herbal remedy ginseng is often used in Aryuvedic medicine and is perfect for combating fatigue and exhaustion. A tired body hampers the immune system, which can trigger anxiety and stress, so preventing fatigue is vital to beating stress. Ginseng also balances serotonin (the body’s happy hormone) and dopamine as well as supporting the immune system.

Other ways to reduce stress include taking regular exercise and meditating. Planning and managing your time better can also help curb stress because it prevents you from coming into contact with common triggers. Supplements can help protect your body from stress and fill in small nutrient gaps in your diet. Taken in conjunction with a healthy diet, supplements can play an important part in managing anxiety and stress.

Easing stress with supplements

Stress occurs when your body and mind is under too much mental or emotional pressure. It can present itself in a number of ways from weight loss, fatigue and headaches to sleeping problems, low self-esteem and even physical ailments like high blood pressure.

Here are some supplements that can help to ease stress:

Magnesium

Ideal for reducing anxiety and promoting a restful sleep, magnesium is useful to take just before bedtime if you’re having trouble nodding off. It also neutralises stomach acids, preventing painful indigestion that can often hinder a peaceful night of slumber.

B vitamins

Shown to improve the mood and enhance a general feeling of well-being, B Vitamins such as folic acid and Vitamin B12 have an impact on reducing stress levels when taken regularly over an extended period.

Omega 3 fish oils

Found in oily fish, such as mackerel, fresh tuna and sardines, Omega 3 oils are a useful anti-inflammatory that help to relieve muscle and joint pain that can often be a source of stress for older people who find it difficult to move around. Also found in flax seeds, these oils boost memory function too.

Ginseng

Herbal remedy ginseng is often used in Aryuvedic medicine and is perfect for combating fatigue and exhaustion. A tired body hampers the immune system, which can trigger anxiety and stress, so preventing fatigue is vital to beating stress. Ginseng also balances serotonin (the body’s happy hormone) and dopamine as well as supporting the immune system.

Other ways to reduce stress include taking regular exercise and meditating. Planning and managing your time better can also help curb stress because it prevents you from coming into contact with common triggers. Supplements can help protect your body from stress and fill in small nutrient gaps in your diet. Taken in conjunction with a healthy diet, supplements can play an important part in managing anxiety and stress.

Protein; the real pros and cons

The body needs protein to build muscle, which is why bodybuilders eat protein-rich diets featuring foods like chicken breast, cottage cheese, fish and beans. However, it can often be easier and quicker to drink a milkshake topped up with protein powder – it’s simple and takes seconds to prepare. Here are some of the other pros and cons of protein powders:

Protein shakes can be transported easily to the gym for workouts

After exercise it’s essential that the body is refuelled with a mixture of carbs and protein to aid recovery and boost muscle development. It’s great if you can get that fuel through protein-rich snacks but the reality is that it can be tricky to carry a cooked chicken breast and a sweet potato to the gym. A protein shake (that also includes carbs) is better suited for many busy people who need a quick hit of protein to enhance their endurance and energy levels.

Whey powder is fast-acting

Protein powders made of whey protein are absorbed quickly by the body, helping to deliver amino acids more effectively to the muscles. That leads to a better workout and a swifter recovery.

It’s easy to monitor how much protein you’re ingesting

If you’re eating plenty of natural protein it may be the case that you don’t require extra protein from the shakes – a gram of protein per pound of body weight should be more than enough to encourage muscle growth when combined with exercise. Your activity level will also determine how much protein your body needs to build muscle.

However…Protein powder is a supplement not a whole food

You shouldn’t rely on protein powder alone to meet your body’s dietary needs. Foods like beans and pulses that are protein rich also contain essentials like fibre, antioxidants and phytonutrients that a healthy body requires.

Don’t go overboard

Overdoing it on a protein supplement can cause damage to the kidneys, which have the job of metabolising the body’s waste products. Too much protein can also leave the body dehydrated and, in extreme cases, increase the risk of developing kidney stones and gout.

Protein from natural foods does the same job as protein powder

Animal proteins and even vegan proteins, such as brown rice, fermented soy products and hemp, are just as good as protein from a powdered source. However, they can be harder to find and take more time to prepare than a shake.

A balanced diet combining plenty of natural protein sources plus protein supplements makes the recipe for enhancing training and boosting muscle mass.

Seasonal supplements

The cold weather and shorter days of Autumn can put a dampener on our healthy eating plans and exercise routines, leading to weight gain, lethargy and sickness. The good news is that a few simple supplements can help us to stave off those colds, keep our tummies in check and maintain our energy levels through to Christmas and the New Year. Here’s our guide to the best seasonal supplements for Autumn:

For healthier bones and joints

Vitamin D boosts the body’s ability to absorb calcium, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth. It’s found in foods like fortified cereals and eggs but most of us get it through summer sunlight – the body synthesises sunlight under the skin to make its own Vitamin D. Too little Vitamin D can lead to bone pain and tenderness around the joints so taking a supplement to top up production is useful when the days are shorter. Glusosamine is also great for joints because it improves the health of the cartilage and supports pressure points like the knees and elbows.

To fight infections

Vitamin C boosts the immune system, fights bacteria and combats viruses, making it useful for recovering from colds that are common at this time of year. It also improves circulation, protects the body from infection and helps wounds to heal faster!

To boost energy levels

Lots of people feel tired and lethargic when the weather gets colder, especially when the alarm rings in the morning and it’s still dark outside. Vitamin B12 is known to increase energy and boost the stamina, which helps to stay focused during the working day. It also helps the body carry more oxygen through the arteries and protects the red blood cells.
L-glutamine supports stamina and recovery too by helping to metabolise body fat and support muscle growth.

For glowing skin, hair and nails

Frosty mornings and cold air can make the skin feel dry, tight and chapped. Omega fish oils soothe and soften the skin by encouraging collagen production and treating dry skin conditions like eczema and rashes. They also support heart function and reduce cholesterol.

Cutting back on alcohol, curbing your comfort eating and exercising more can also help to improve the health of the mind and body over Autumn and Winter. Adapting your lifestyle to suit the changing seasons is essential to staying on track with your fitness goals.

Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers

High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke and dementia. However, it’s very common for hypertension to show no symptoms at all, which is why it’s described as ‘the silent killer’.

The only way to know if your blood pressure is in the normal range is to get a blood pressure test and this week is the ideal time to start because the nation’s biggest blood pressure testing event, Know Your Numbers!, is running across the UK. The charity event offers everyone the chance to get a free check at Pressure Stations at GP surgeries, gyms, leisure centres, malls and hospitals. This check will record one measurement for when your blood pressure is at its highest (known as systolic pressure) and one measurement for when it’s at its lowest (diastolic pressure). Together these two figures create your blood pressure reading.

A young healthy adult should have a blood pressure of around 120/80. If your reading shows 140/90 or higher it is likely you have hypertension and need to make some changes to your diet and lifestyle to help lower this. Taking 30 minutes of exercise five times a week, losing weight, reducing alcohol intake and eating less saturated fat and salt can all help to naturally lower your blood pressure. It can also be useful to reduce your stress levels as too much worry and anxiety can lead to physical ailments like chest pain, an irregular heart beat and rise in blood pressure.

A supplement such as Co-Enzyme Q10, which curbs cholesterol and supports cardiovascular function, can help to reduce blood pressure and fight against the oxidation process. Omega 3 Fish Oils, found in mackerel and fresh tuna, and essential fatty acids, found in Flaxseed Oil, are also ideal for stabilising the body’s cholesterol levels and in turn lowering the blood pressure.

If your reading shows 90/60 or lower you have low blood pressure, or hypotension. Hypotension can result in dizziness and fainting, and although it can be a sign of an underlying health condition, it is more likely the result of being active and healthy. A low blood pressure reading may also be the result of other factors such as; the time of day it was checked, whether or not you have just eaten, the temperature at the time and even how relaxed the body was during the check.

The bottom line is that it’s important to get your blood pressure checked regularly so that you can detect any problems early on and make the relevant changes to your lifestyle. Why not visit a Pressure Station today and make sure you’re blood pressure is in the healthy range? It won’t cost you a penny but it might save your life.

Our Private Labelling Service

ParkAcre is one of the UK’s largest fully integrated contract manufacturers of Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements. We provide high quality ‘Private Label’ and ‘Own Label’ supplement manufacturing for  retailers small and large worldwide.

All our products are manufactured in our factory near Lincoln to meet guidelines of the Good Manufacturing Practice (GPM) and ISO 9001 certification, providing our clients with the highest quality products.

You can specify the ingredients, shape, size and quantity of your Vitamins, Minerals or Supplements, and choose from a range of packaging sizes, designs and materials to meet your needs. Then create your perfect label with the guidance of our design templates created by our in-house expert design team.

Private Labelling offers you custom solutions that fit the diverse needs of your business ultimately helping to  drive your brand forward, and take your business to the next level.

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