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Northern Rivers Style - - CON­TENTS - FU­SION HEALTH NATUR­OPATH AND HOLIS­TIC NU­TRI­TION­IST ERIKA MOR­VAY

We can of­ten feel trapped in­side a cy­cle of stress but there are ways to keep a lit­tle calm.

Her­bal Medicine un­locks age-old se­crets

Holy Basil, also known as Sa­cred Basil, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thou­sands of years and is known as

‘Queen of Herbs’ in In­dia where it is grown out­side most homes and wor­shipped daily. Holy Basil has been used to help man­age symp­toms of stress such as mild anx­i­ety, ir­ri­tabil­ity, rest­less­ness, tired­ness, poor con­cen­tra­tion, for­get­ful­ness and stress re­lated sleep dis­tur­bance while Witha­nia, some­times called Win­ter Cherry or by its San­skrit name Ash­wa­gandha, is tra­di­tion­ally used to help man­age symp­toms of stress, mild anx­i­ety, and in­som­nia.

Lab­o­ra­tory stud­ies have also shown that hon­okiol and mag­nolol, ac­tive con­stituents of Mag­no­lia Bark may be ben­e­fi­cial for the symp­toms of mild anx­i­ety. Mag­no­lia Bark is com­monly used in Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine for symp­toms of stress, es­pe­cially if ac­com­pa­nied with di­ges­tive up­set, ab­dom­i­nal pain, nau­sea, poor ap­petite, con­sti­pa­tion or di­ar­rhoea.

Nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ments for a healthy ner­vous sys­tem and adrenal func­tion

B-com­plex vi­ta­mins are in­volved in main­tain­ing a healthy ner­vous sys­tem and adrenal glands.

Sur­pris­ingly the adrenal glands are among the or­gans with the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of vi­ta­min C in the body. If you are not get­ting enough of this es­sen­tial nu­tri­ent through your daily diet, choose a for­mula with a non-acidic form of vi­ta­min C such as cal­cium or sodium ascor­bate, which is gen­tler on the stom­ach.

Mag­ne­sium sup­ports healthy ner­vous sys­tem func­tion and may be ben­e­fi­cial dur­ing times of stress and may help re­lieve sleep­less­ness. Opt for a sup­ple­ment con­tain­ing or­ganic forms of mag­ne­sium, such as mag­ne­sium gly­ci­nate.

Omega-3 fatty acids are an in­te­gral part of cell mem­branes through­out the body and sup­port nor­mal func­tion of all body sys­tems, in­clud­ing healthy mood bal­ance. These fats are es­sen­tial, mean­ing the body can’t man­u­fac­ture them, and there­fore we must get them from diet. Opt for a for­mula sus­tain­ably sourced and tested for heavy met­als, PCBS and diox­ins.

Eat and sleep for a bet­ter daily stress re­sponse

Fo­cus on eat­ing var­ied, real food to help sup­port your body while try­ing to avoid pro­cessed foods, sugar, white flour prod­ucts and re­duc­ing caf­feine and al­co­hol.

Get­ting at least 7-8 hours of good qual­ity sleep helps your body to re­cover, heal and cope with any stress more ef­fec­tively.

Mind­ful­ness means tak­ing care of you

Daily ab­dom­i­nal breath­ing tech­niques may help re­duce anx­i­ety as this type of deep breath­ing in­creases the sup­ply of oxy­gen to your brain and stim­u­lates the parasym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem, which pro­motes a state of calm.

PHOTO: LEBAZELE

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