Vol XVIV December 2010 | The Village Green Apothecary E-Newsletter
Don't Let Holiday Stress
Ho Ho Ho or Humbug?
The holiday season should be a joyful time of celebration, family and charity. But for many of us, stress and anxiety can overwhelm any hint of happiness. Family issues, financial pressure, time crunches, and the pursuit of the perfect holiday experience are just a few stressors that can make this season difficult.
According to the American Psychological Association, men and women who experience elevated levels of stress are more likely to experience a range of health ailments and symptoms including sadness (59%), sleep problems (56%), and lack of energy (55%).
Don’t Forget “The Three Cs”
Healthy foods that are natural stress fighters
Citrus: Winter fruits like oranges, grapefruit, and kiwis are all excellent sources of vitamin C, a potent stress-busting vitamin. And the vitamin C found in citrus fruits is involved in the production of collagen, which helps keep your skin firm and reduces wrinkling.
Cranberries: Rich in antioxidants, these berries may help keep the pounds off. Studies have shown that the sweet tart scent of fruits helps curb cravings caused by stress. Just the aroma of cranberries can stimulate your hypothalamus, controlling your urge to eat too much.
Chocolate: Now don’t go crazy, but do consider indulging occasionally in dark chocolate. Studies have shown that it can reduce levels of cortisol (“the stress hormone”) as well as hormones known as catecholamines (the “fight-or-flight hormones”) in highly stressed people.
Four Fabulous Formulas to Help with Stress
Travel, tension, and dietary changes can throw your system for a loop, so consider trying the following Pathway supplements to help fortify you for the holidays.
If indulging in rich foods has your digestion in a knot, consider trying Digest-Ease. This herbal formula promotes a healthy balance of digestive enzymes for optimal protein, fat and carbohydrate digestion. It also contains ginger, fennel, and peppermint – great herbs for calming an upset stomach.
Pathway Immune System Support
Pathway Relaxation Support
Pathway Adrenal Support
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