Getting through the day may not be our problem. We might be doing it easily – leading a very full life, working hard, playing hard and life is great! Well that is all fine as long as we are constantly replenishing the nutrients our bodies need to work and play at such a fast rate. Our body is like a state of the arts sports car which holds the corners really well and accelerates and decelerates at whim. But this finely tuned engine needs a specialised mechanic who understands the needs of such a machine and will replenish parts and fluids when necessary.
Similarly with our bodies, we can push them only for so long. Then eventually something will give. Because the stress reactions are happening at cellular levels – which we cannot see or even initially feel, we press on regardless with will power. But behind the scenes the cells, which are our bodies’ power houses, are starting to take strain. This is often first seen when certain signs and symptoms begin to appear.
Top 5 Cognitive Symptoms:
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate Irritability/short temper
- Poor judgement
- Negative disposition
- Anxious/thoughts racing
Top 5 Physical Symptoms:
- Aches and pains
- Nausea, dizziness
- Chest pain/heart palpitations
- Loss of sex drive
Top 5 Emotional Symptoms:
- Irritability/short temper
- Agitation/unable to relax
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Feel lonely/isolated
Top 5 Behavioural Symptoms:
- Eating more or less
- Sleeping too much/too little
- Isolating yourself from others
- Procrastinating/neglecting responsibilities
- Using stimulants to help relax
If these little, flashing red lights are not addressed, more serious conditions will develop. In many instances by the time we can biochemically detect a diseased state or physiological malfunctioning, incorrect metabolic reactions have been happening for quite some time. For example, by the time our fasting glucose levels are shown to be raised, behind the scenes our cells have been straining for perhaps many years, to keep the equilibrium but have eventually lost the battle.
Studies have shown that ongoing stress produces serious consequences to our immediate and long term health. To assist the body in the long term prevention of chronic health issues, the products listed below can be of assistance.
Sally T. Stress Less
Being a high potency B-Complex product, benefits from this supplement are well noted. This specific B-Complex with the addition of extra Vit C and amino acids provides extra cellular protection. With stress conditions, there is an extra strain on the adrenal glands and these specific nutrients help the functioning of the adrenal cortex (which produces our own cortisol) much required in stress conditions.
Sally T. Magnesium Complex
It is essential for more than 325 enzymatic reactions in the body. It acts as cofactor in protein synthesis and carbohydrate metabolism. On an intracellular level, magnesium helps metabolise glucose and improves insulin response. It is also needed to dilate the blood vessels. If cells degenerate, magnesium will quickly repair them, build up the body’s level of energy and stop the cells from becoming toxic. When stressed, magnesium levels are quickly depleted as the body tries to cope with reparation.
Sally T. On The Run Forte
For most of us, when we are under pressure, food choices are often haphazard and the last decisions to be made. But stabilizing of blood sugar levels is imperative when stress is high. This unique product assists in doing just that. The sachet is easy to use and easily transported. It is ideal to be included in any busy daily profile. Open the sachet and add its content to 300ml of cold water. Give a good shake and then enjoy!
Sally T. Cal-Mag
Under stress conditions up to one gram per day of calcium can be withdrawn from our bones and actually excreted. To ensure adequate daily calcium intake this product is suggested with both Calcium and Magnesium Glycinate. Magnesium is also utilized in larger amounts with stress hence the reason for its addition in this product. If taken before sleeping at night, maximum absorption of the calcium is ensured.
Sally T. Ca Pantothenate
Various nutrients are useful in supporting and enhancing adrenal function, particularly during times of stress. Shrinking of the adrenal cortex is a common side effect of continual stress, cortisone administration and aging. Due to the importance of the adrenal gland, optimum health is dependent on optimum adrenal function. Vit C, Vit B-6, zinc magnesium and pantothenic acid are necessary nutrients for the manufacture of hormones by the adrenal glands. Supplementation of all these nutrients during high periods of stress is needed. Ca Pantothenate is particularly important for optimum adrenal functioning as a deficiency results in adrenal atrophy, characterised by fatigue, headache, sleep disturbances, nausea and abdominal discomfort. Food sources are insufficient in times of acute or chronic stress conditions.
Sally T. Acetyl-L-Carnitine
Keeping our brains focused and in good working order is essential especially when the task load is high and performance is either being tested or we are pressurized. This product helps prevent the oxidation of fats in our brains. We thus work and learn faster. It is known to assist in the learning process. Take first thing in the morning for maximum absorption.
Although often the first foods that we gravitate towards during stressful conditions are the refined, sweetened, starchy and convenience foods, these are often not the foods which would provide the best results for our bodies. The rule of thumb is to eat regular meals, ie 3 meals per day with a mid-morning and a mid-afternoon snacks. Look at food choices that stabilize blood sugar levels, ie. low GI foods and combining carbohydrates with protein each time you eat. Or, have an On the Run!