All stress is not created equal—there are times we need in-the-moment relief and periods of our lives that need more serious support. Here Ashleigh Putnam, naturopathic doctor at our Monterey store, gives us her top 5 ways to beat all types of stress.
In the moment
“Bach’s Rescue Remedy, in any form, helps calm the emotional response to a situation. And Emotional Ally by WishGarden Herbs works quickly and can be used for in-the-moment stress management. It helps calm the mind, body and emotional state without being sedative.”
“Quietude by Boiron helps quiet a busy brain, allowing an individual to fall asleep or go back to sleep. It’s so gentle, yet effective, and has no chance of causing morning grogginess. I also like RelaxMax by Xymogen, which has GABA and L-Theanine. It’s a powder that’s easy to take if you wake in the night, and the dose can be tailored to your needs.”
“Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health Daily Support helps the fatigue that can accompany stress, featuring rhodiola which increases oxygen to the brain and muscles, and holy basil and milky oat seed to help calm the nervous system. ADR Formula by Pure Encapsulations offers more robust, energizing support with Asian ginseng, eleuthero and licorice, which support adrenal gland function and the immune system.”
“Try Magnesium Glycinate from Pure Encapsulations, Metagenics, Kal or Doctor’s Best—it will help relax the smooth and skeletal muscles, allowing for repair, and enhance blood flow. And Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops help nourish the muscles and replenish minerals that are often depleted in periods of extreme physical stress.”
“B vitamins in their active forms will nourish the adrenals and help to decrease the stress response. I recommend Integrative Therapeutics Active B Complex ITI, B-Complex Plus by Pure Encapsulations or Stress B-Complex by Thorne Research.”