Manage stress with the right multivitamin
From our friends at New Chapter
Don't let stress overwhelm you: Discover New Chapter's newest multivitamins that can provide an essential foundation for a healthy stress response.*
People Experience Stress Differently
As individuals, we differ not only in what we perceive to be stressful but in how we experience stress. Some people experience stress in the form of worry, tension, irritability, inability to focus and/or difficulty sleeping. These people are clearly in need of more calming influences. But sometimes people who need more calm don't even realize it.
On the other end of the spectrum are individuals who experience stress as fatigue, low energy, lack of motivation, and/or muscle soreness. These people have burned the candle at both ends for too long, and are experiencing an energy deficit. They don't just need more energy, they need sustained energy support that can only come from an improvement in mitochondrial function.
How Stress Affects Health
Stress is a complex physiologic response triggered by any situation perceived as challenging or threatening. It is orchestrated in large part by the action of hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline and is designed to enhance our survival by providing a short burst of energy and strength. The response places high demands on the body's cells, specifically structures within the cells called mitochondria, to produce energy. This increases the requirement for glucose as well as micronutrients. And, just as revving an engine produces more exhaust, so do your cells in times of stress...in the form of unstable molecules called free radicals. If there isn't a sufficient amount of antioxidants available to neutralize them, free radicals will cause damage to cell membranes, proteins, DNA and even the mitochondria itself, accelerating the aging process and compromising energy production.
Other changes that occur in response to stress include an increase in heart rate, elevation of blood pressure, increase in blood sugar, slowing of digestion, and shunting of blood away from vital organs (to the muscles). All of these changes disrupt the body's normal state of homeostasis or balance. That's why the stress response is only meant to be activated for a short periods of time followed by longer periods of rest and recovery. The problem for most of us is that too many of the things we face on a day to day basis-traffic, screaming kids, financial troubles, a demanding boss, or even the feeling that we must always stay busy-all register as threatening situations, leaving our bodies in a constant state of imbalance.
If the stressors don't go away and adaptation does not occur, then the body will not be able to recover or rebalance and health may suffer. The fact that up to 90 percent of healthcare practitioner visits in the U.S. are stress-related suggests that most of us could use a little assistance with adaptation, recovery and energy production.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
If you need more calm...
Perfect Calm is an organic multivitamin with a combination of 25 whole-food vitamins and minerals formulated to promote optimal health while targeting the nutrients your body needs most during times of stress, such as whole-food complexed C and B vitamins.* It is the first and only multi to feature the long revered anti-stress herb Supercritical Holy Basil, which has been shown in scientific studies to modulate cortisol and ease a worried mind.* Chamomile and Lemon Balm offer additional soothing effects by promoting healthy levels of calming neurotransmitters.*
Perfect Calm also contains cultured, organic herbal blends to provide immune and digestive support - two important functions that can be affected by high levels of stress.* Because Perfect Calm is recognized by the body as food, it can be taken on an empty stomach.
If you need more energy...
Perfect Energy is an organic multivitamin containing a combination of 23 whole-food vitamins and minerals formulated to promote optimal health while targeting the nutrients your body needs to sustain energy production, such as whole-food complexed vitamins B, C, E, and Selenium.*
Energizing herbs, such as Organic Maca, Ginseng, and Rhodiola, boost energy - without the crash of traditional stimulants - by enhancing the body's ability to produce energy on a cellular level.* A clinically studied proprietary grapeseed extract provides powerful antioxidants that help optimize mitochondrial energy production by decreasing muscle soreness and promoting recovery following physical exertion or other stressful events.* Perfect Energy also features a unique blend of flower essences that encourages mental focus, fortitude, and perseverance during times of stress.* Because Perfect Energy is recognized by the body as food, it can be taken on an empty stomach.
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