As promised, here is the second part of Supplements Supporting Your Stress Demands segment. Today we’re going to dive into a few products that can help create balance within the body in times of demand and stress.
L-theanine is a calming amino acid found in green tea. It acts as a responder to stress and serves as a modulator for our brains neurotransmitters by balancing out any excess and deficiencies we may have (like dopamine, serotonin, gaba, cortisol, adrenaline etc). In short it helps bring your body back to that middle ground.
Here are some reason why you should take l-theanine:
Tip: You can take 1-2 capsules of l-theanine with your morning coffee or in the afternoon.
Match is a great form of l-theanine. It has more potent delivery of l-theanine as opposed to just bagged steeped tea. Matcha is actually grown in the shade and that aids in its bioavailability and amount/concentration of l-theanine in the leaves! Of course the levels of l-theanine you get in a matcha tea does not compare to a supplement format. For reference, you can average out between 40-60 mg of l-theanine in a cup of matcha.
Tip: Matcha would be a great swap out for that afternoon coffee. It will provide more benefits for your immune, brain and body!
Adaptogens are a group of traditional herbs that help us to manage our stress. These herbs help to restore balance and strengthen the functioning of the body as a whole without impacting the individual organs or bodily systems.
There are many different adaptogens that provide a wide range of actions and energetics. Adaptogens can stimulate and/or relax, help improve focus, support immune function, and influence unbalanced physiological processes. When taken daily, these herbs can help your body adapt more easily to stressful situations, relieving an overactive or under-reactive response, as stated by RD Ali Miller.
Adaptogens can be taken before a test to provide focus, before the gym for an afternoon pick-me up without a crash or even taken before bed to provide relaxation.
Here are some adaptogen examples:
Helps restore vitality, promotes overall health and a more softened reaction to stress.
According to RD Ali Miller, “it improves the brains ability to analyze, evaluate, calculate and plan. Normalizes the heart rate after exercise or a stressful event.” It stimulates the release of dopamine and serotonin, and strengthens the immune system against bacteria, viruses and toxins.
Can help to overcome chronic stress by reducing cortisol levels. It can also promote rest, sleep and overall well being.
Can help improve concentration, coordination and endurance. It stimulates the central nervous system without excitation.
Tip: The company Four and Sigmatic have a great mushroom adaptogen blend of coffee and tea.
Generally, you can purchase these adaptogens at your local health food store or online. You can buy these adaptogens in capsules, tinctures and sometimes they come in a powder blend.
Depending on your individual needs and what adaptogens you select, this will vary on the dosage and time of day you take it. Keep in mind that any form of liquid will be more bio-available and will be digested faster than a capsule format.
If you’re going to try to swap out that afternoon coffee or even add in something with “herbs,” you don’t want it to taste like grass or have a weird after-taste (trust me I’ve been there – yuck!). Above are some tasty blends that you could incorporate into your daily routine. They provide immune, gut and brain support with a delicious taste!