Do a “green workout” and complement this with a few essential supplements for stress control. There’s no doubt the holidays can be a stressful time (especially this year). If you walk in a green environment, like a forest, fields or a park, its proven to reduce cortisol. Next best option for cortisol balance, compared to walking around traffic, is walking on a treadmill. Aim for 60 minutes at least three times a week.
There are also so many stressors that are out of our control at this time of year, I think it makes adaptogens an essential part of your daily supplement regime. I recommend taking a blend of rhodiola, tyrosine and phenylalaninein the morning (2 to 4 capsules). Rhodiola balances cortisol, improves endurance and focus and helps serotonin and dopamine work better in the brain, which helps mood. Tyrosine and phenylalanine are building blocks of thyroid hormone, dopamine and adrenalin so they help to sharpen your focus and improve motivation and metabolism.
At night take 2000mg of Taurine, a new favorite supplement of mine as it has a wonderful protective effect on the brain (increases the production of a brain regenerating compound call BDNF, and may protect against neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. It helps protect against neurotoxicity and aids nervous system health, aids detoxification of the lungs, and assists in healthy liver and heart function. Taurine plays an essential role in metabolism and digestion, as it helps the liver to create bile salts. Bile salts help break down fatty acids in the intestines. As adults we convert cholesterol to bile salts daily and we need taurine to do it. According to a 2014 Review (in Progress in Retinal and Eye Research) taurine is the most plentiful amino acid in the retina of the eye and helps protect against retinal degeneration. If you are vegetarian, you definitely should take the taurine as you will be deficient in this essential amino acid.
Don’t forget about vitamin c– your body uses it up within 20 mins of being under stress, which leaves you are increased risk for infection. Keep chewable vitamin C in your car, on your desk, and anywhere else you see them to take. In addition, take a high quality capsule 1000 – 1200 mg in the morning and at night. The one I take has black pepper extract added to increase the bioavailability of the vitamin C. I have yet to see one patient with sufficient vitamin c levels in their blood.
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