What are some natural ways to de-stress?

Posted March 20, 2012

Q: I am on Lorazepam 1mg .one tablet 4 times a day, for stress, can I get of these & take some thing else? I have been on them for eight years. thank you.

A: While there is no magic bullet for anxiety, there are many things you can do to take the edge off, naturally. For example, you can decrease your stress hormones (cortisol) with phosphatidylserine and herbs like ashwagandha or relora. Phosphatidylserine (PS) belongs to a special category of fat-soluble substances called phospholipids, which are essential components of cell membranes. According to various research PS may help preserve, or even prevent destruction to, brain cells related to the exposure of elevated levels of cortisol. PS may also help reduce the negative effects of cortisol on muscle tissues during exercise (physical stress) and periods of psychological stress. Ashwagandha and relora are two herbal products which are also useful to help reduce the release of cortisol as well as rebuild the adrenal glands from the negative effects of high anxiety. Select one of the above and use it for three months before judging its effectiveness.

You can also add hydrolyzed milk protein for times of acute stress, such as Nusera from Metagenics or DeStress from Biotics Research. This can be taken as needed. Valerian can also be used as an alternative for Ativan. Valerian seems to improve the sleep quality of people who are withdrawing from benzodiazepines such as clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan) – however it is important not to combine the two. I recommend that you consult your health practitioner for a specific withdrawal treatment plan.

Wishing you perfect balance,

Dr. Natasha Turner ND

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