Secrets to Stress Management

Finding ways to reduce or relieve chronic stress is important for your overall wellbeing. Stress has been linked to physical ailments including high blood pressure, fatigue, infertility, insomnia, headaches, and indigestion. Fortunately, Pharmaca is here to help.

Dr. Paul Podwojski, DC, of La Vita Wellness Center, deals with chronic stress every day in his practice, helping patients relieve tension in the body and spine through chiropractic treatments.

“We should look at what causes stress and see if we can eliminate it, or look at any behavioral changes we need to make to deal with the stress in a healthier way,” says Dr. Paul. He recommends these four daily steps for staying stress-free:

1.    Start the day with 5 minutes of deep breathing
2.    Drink two glasses of water in the morning
3.    Exercise for 20–30 minutes before going to work
4.    Take short breaks every 2 hours during the day

“Once the body learns to release tension, it can function more efficiently to restore its health,” says Dr. Paul.

If you do get thrown off balance by stress, visit your local Pharmaca for treatment options. Jessica Fieo, L.Ac., of Mill Valley Acupuncture and former lead practitioner at our Mill Valley store, uses Chinese medicine and herbs to help the body return to homeostasis.

“The number one thing I do with stressed patients is help them sleep well,” says Jessica. She loves Ionic Fizz by Pure Essence for treating insomnia. You get instant relaxation from the calcium and magnesium in this product by mixing one scoop with six ounces of warm water at bedtime.

Jessica’s new favorite discovery is a group of herbs called adaptogens that exert a normalizing effect on the body. When stress causes stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system and adrenal glands, adaptogens help check that reactive response to bring you back into balance.

“I’m noticing the power of Vital Adapt by Natura Health right now,” says Jessica. In addition to good results with her own patients, she has had customers return to the store in awe of this adaptogenic formula that incorporates Chinese and ayurvedic herbs with medicinal mushrooms. Jessica also often recommends Good Mood Tonic by Herb Pharm to those struggling with stress.

Come speak with one of our health care practitioners whenever the weight of the world overwhelms you. After a delicious cup of tea and a helpful conversation, you will rediscover the comfort of taking complete control of your health.

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