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Nutrients and Herbs for Stress May 5, 2010

Filed under: Health,Wellness — Kazi @ 10:04 am
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Stress is something we all have to deal with at one time or another. The stress response is a natural biological function, but can become hazardous when allowed to reach chronic proportions. Here are some nutrients suggested by Dr Majid Ali to help us keep our stress levels in check.

First and foremost, it is important to use herbs in moderate doses and in rotation. All herbs become drugs if used in large doses and for long periods of time. Historically most drugs were isolated from herbs and plant sources.

Valerian root in doses of 400 to 1,000 milligrams taken at bedtime enhances the quality of sleep.

Chamomile taken as tea or in capsule form is helpful in chronic stress and anxiety states. It may be safely added to prescriptions for valerian.

St. John’s Wort and Ginkgo Biloba in doses of 250 to 500 milligrams, two or three times a day.

Passion flower, Catnip and Skullcap are mild herbs that have been extensively used for managing irritability, anxiety and stress.

Don’t wait for stress and anxiety to become so strong it overpowers you. Use nutritional supplements, exercise and meditation as preventative medicine when you anticipate or enter stressful times.

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4 Responses to “Nutrients and Herbs for Stress”

  1. I appreciate the point about not waiting for stress and anxiety to become so strong it overpowers you. Unfortunately I have a high tolerance for little sleep and that creates another form of stress on the body. Two of the herbs you mentioned have proven to help me to relax and enjoy better sleep: Chamomile and Valerian root.

    Yvonne

  2. Kazi Says:

    You’ve found the right foods to help you maintain your health. I suggest, as you age (speaking from experience), you start giving sleep it’s due. 🙂

  3. Kazi ~

    I think there’s a huge “shift” in the way people are starting to think about taking care of themselves and their health — a much more sensible approach from nature.

    Since I’ve been a health care professional for many years, I’m trying hard to get people to ask for more homeopathic remedies and “push” their doctors to give them alternatives. It’s hard. Most folks just blindly do as their told and there’s far too many prescription drugs being administered when something that’s actually “healthy” for the body could be suggested.

    I love Chamomile tea! 🙂

    Melanie
    (#blog30)

    • Kazi Says:

      Keep pushing Melanie. We’ve come a long way in changing peoples attitudes about health. The physicians will be the last to get on board. God bless their little hearts. 🙂


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