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What are Stress Supplements?
Stress supplements have become a booming worldwide industry (Marketwatch press release) and now includes even more pharmaceutical manufacturers joining this lucrative market.
As you may realize, as with all “specialized supplements”, each manufacturer uses myriad nutrients and formulations in an attempt to counteract or reduce the biochemical (nutritional) effects of stress.
Of course, these nutrients are all scientifically validated and as you know, ingredients can include anything from the most exotic herbs to common nutrients such as vitamin C.
Once again, this is the one size fits all scenario that does not address your current unique nutritional needs. Remember every aspect of your life, not just stress, creates your personal unique biochemistry (nutrient excesses and deficiencies).
Before you purchase any dietary supplement for stress, you should ask yourself 4 important questions that include:
- How stressed are you?
- How long have you been stressed?
- Which stage of stress are you experiencing?
- Which nutrients are now excessive and deficient?
How stressed are you?
This is an interesting question because many people do not recognize they are actually stressed! I realize this sounds impossible, but when I ask a client about what they are stressing about, they tell me they are not stressed, and they have no reason to stress. Many people simply adapt to the stressors and no longer consciously recognize their stress. However, many clients do recognize their stress.
When looking at the results of our analysis, there are several indicators that reveal the level of your current stress.
How long have you been stressed?
This too, is interesting. Again, if you don’t recognize you are stressed, how would you know? However, our analysis provides certain indicators for the duration of your stress. The longer you have been stressing, for whatever reason, the neuroendocrine glands (as well as the mind and body) begin to feel the strain.
The overall pattern of the nutritional elements is a good indicator, among many others, for an insight into the duration of your stress.
Which stage of stress are you currently experiencing?
The analysis also reveals your current stage of stress. Again, the mineral patterns reveal excesses and deficiencies that are controlled by the neuroendocrine system that are helpful to determine the stage of stress.
Also, many elements involved in the nutrient transport systems easily become imbalanced that could potentially interfere with nutrient absorption.
As seen in Stress and Nutrition, each stage of stress places different demands on numerous nutrients throughout each stage of stress.
Which nutrients are now excessive and deficient?
This may sound redundant, but the mineral excesses and deficiencies change throughout the various stages of stress. As we take into account all information revealed in the lab results (essential elements, toxic elements, additional elements, significant ratios, and toxic ratios), this now becomes the starting point for a targeted nutritional program based solely on your results.
Your results are unique to you and therefore your nutritional program must be unique as well. This is not only your personalized stress supplement program but a targeted nutritional program (healthy foods and supplements) for complete nutritional health.
Note: A targeted nutritional program MUST be formulated by applying the knowledge of nutrient interrelationships for maximum benefits.
Stress supplements – a whole system and personalized approach.
As you know by now, stress does not affect just one, two, or a handful of nutrients.
Stress affects essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fats!
Stress increases the utilization of some nutrients, creates an excessive retention of other nutrients, and causes an increased excretion of other nutrients. Stress also increases oxidation and inflammation throughout the body and in turn, increases the need for numerous antioxidants.
In addition, long-term stress overworks your adrenal glands and easily interferes with the proper functioning of your thyroid gland. These are important energy-producing endocrine glands and when they are not functioning properly, nutrient assimilation and cellular utilization of nutrients becomes further impaired.
As you may begin to realize, when it comes to stress you should consider the total nutrient requirements of your mind and body and approach it in this manner. Your mind and body work together, react together, and experience the same cellular effects of stress.
As such, forget about the “quick-fix” approaches – no matter how well they are marketed. They simply won’t work for the long-term.
So, how could you possibly know which stress supplements you need?
Hair Analysis: Know which “stress” supplements you need!
As seen in Why Test for Minerals, minerals are foundational in nutrition and as seen in Stress and Nutrition, minerals are immediately affected by stress.
Our hair analysis reveals your mineral excesses and deficiencies. Properly interpreted, our hair analysis can provide important information regarding your stage of stress, thyroid and adrenal function, and much more. Keep in mind; this is from a nutritional aspect and not a medical diagnosis.
In addition, you will know if recent toxic element exposures are contributing toward your stress. Toxic elements interfere with nutritional minerals and can contribute toward or enhance the stress response as well as nutrient imbalances.
However, the primary benefit of our Profile 2 hair analysis is that it also includes a list of healthy foods to increase and avoid and also includes recommendations for a personalized supplement program. Keep in mind, all recommendations are specific to your current nutrient needs based on the results of your analysis.
By targeting your specific nutrient needs through healthy foods and dietary supplements, you supply the mind and body all the nutrients – amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fats it needs.
Keep in mind; you must deal with your source of stressors because dietary supplements alone will NOT resolve your stressors. In addition, without addressing your stressors, rebalancing your biochemistry will be difficult.
Dietary supplements for stress – specific to your nutrient needs – are much more effective as an adjunct therapy in a well-orchestrated stress management program.
Would you like to know which “stress supplements” you really need?
Additional information you may find interesting:
- How to build your Healthy Eating Plan
- What are Healthy Foods – Really?
- Are you Malnourished?
- Got Toxic Elements?
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