Staying Sane When Your World’s Upside Down
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As we have navigated the new normal over the past few months, many of us are looking for ways to reduce our daily stress levels and anxiety. Stress is quickly becoming a lifestyle for Canadians, and many of us feel the stress daily. As our stress levels continue to rise, more and more of us are looking for new ways to manage and support both our mental and physical health.
How stress affects us
We all know that stress can cause heart racing, headaches, and upset stomach. But did you know that long-term exposure is linked to many health problems? Hormonal imbalances, weight gain, insomnia, anxiety, bad mood, and blood sugar fluctuations can all be caused by chronic stress. Over time, this unmanaged stress can affect our immune systems, digestive systems, and cardiovascular health, and sometimes lead to serious complications.
Ashwagandha for stress relief
We can do many things to minimize stress, such as exercise, self-reflection, and healthy habits, but sometimes we need relief now. Adaptogens can be the answer. They are among the most clinically studied and effective treatments for stress management. In herbal medicine, adaptogens are natural substances that counteract the effects of stress. A well-known example is Ashwagandha.
How it works
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) or Indian ginseng originally comes from Ayurvedic medicine. It is also known as the winter cherry and is native to India, China, Nepal, and Yemen. Ashwagandha is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to compensate for aggravated Vata. It helps balance nerves, improve sleep, and improve memory. It also assists adults of all ages including helping seniors recover from illness and restore their strength. In clinical research, Ashwagandha helps lower cortisol levels, relieve anxiety and stress, promote restful sleep, and support cognitive and mental functions.
Ashwagandha contains steroidal alkaloids and lactones, known collectively as withanolides, which provide the greatest benefits. Withanolides are found in the highest concentration in the roots of the Ashwagandha plant and to a lesser extent in the leaves. However, the leaves also contain withaferin A, which can be cytotoxic in higher concentrations. As a natural anti-stress health product, Ashwagandha must be standardized to a concentration of withanolides, but must also contain very little to no withaferin A in order to meet the requirements that support its activity and safety.
One extract, KSM-66 Ashwagandha ™, is a patented form of organic ashwagandha root that contains a full spectrum of active ingredients, including withanolides, and no trace of withaferin A, alcohol or synthetic solvents. KSM-66 is one of the most clinically studied ashwagandha root extracts on the market. It has been shown to help increase resilience to stress and anxiety in people with a history of chronic stress, thereby improving the quality of life.
And for those who want to get in shape, KSM-66 Ashwagandha can increase your physical performance when combined with regular strength training. It improves endurance and protects muscles from damage and speeds their recovery. Because this extract is approved by the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), it offers athletes a safe and effective option for those looking for an herbal exercise supplement.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and in need of support, look for a high quality standardized form of ashwagandha like KSM-66. Safe and effective natural stress relievers are within reach.
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