Nutrition is so important when it comes to managing stress and anxiety. The body requires certain nutrients in order to be able to make neurotransmitters for positive mood and relaxation. Without the correct nutrient intake it is impossible for the body to make these feel good chemicals resulting in stress, anxiety, low mood, lack of energy and trouble sleeping.
Not only are the nutrients that we eat important for the chemical processes in the body but it is also vital to maintain good digestive health as 90% of our serotonin receptors are found in the gut. Serotonin is one of these feel good chemicals required for positive mood. So if our digestive system is not being supported we are most likely not going to be promoting a happy nervous system.
Herbal medicine has been used for generations for reducing stress and supporting the nervous system and adrenal glands. Many herbs such as chamomile are well known for promoting relaxation. Herbs in the form of liquid tinctures, tablets or teas can be used to help the individual better cope with the everyday stressors we encounter.
Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and meditation as well as exercise have been proven to have stress and anxiety reducing effects. Relaxation techniques can help to change the brain waves to those experienced during deep sleep. Exercise helps the body burn off excess adrenalin as well as promoting the release of the body’s feel good hormone endorphins.
So eating right, exercising and using herbal medicine if you need that extra bit of support can be exceptionally beneficial for reducing the effects of stress and anxiety. By booking in to see a Naturopath you can have a treatment plan personally tailored to you!