Relaxation is about more than just feeling good. When we are truly relaxed, our bodies changes in profound ways. Our heart rate lowers, energy expenditure lessens and muscles which have been under pressure throughout the day release their tension.
Experiencing this relaxation isn’t just psychological. Immune health, gut health and many more bodily systems are known to benefit when a person is able to relax regularly.
Breathwork and meditation can be an excellent way to relax in the evening when you are able to sit quietly and have time to yourself. However, this isn’t always practical during a busy day, where the sources of stress are plentiful. It’s in these situations where natural sleep and relaxation supplements can be advantageous and help garner an overall feeling of wellbeing.
Ashwagandha comes top of this list for good reason. The root of the Ashwagandha plant has been used for hundreds of years in traditional Indian medicine. However, its efficacy has only been documented in Western studies in more recent years.
Many studies have shown that it may have the ability to lower cortisol levels in the body – cortisol being your ‘fight or flight’ hormone, a major factor in feelings of stress and tension.
There are a range of other benefits which Ashwagandha may also offer, including some evidence that it may reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms. Some limited studies show Withaferin, an organic compound in Ashwagandha, may possess anti-cancer mechanisms, though this is yet to be demonstrated in human trials.
Lion's Mane Mushroom
Lion’s Mane Mushroom is a supplement that has seen enormous interest over the past few years, with mycologist Paul Stamets being a famous proponent.
Animal studies have shown good evidence that Lion’s Mane Mushroom can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, with more recent human studies starting to show evidence that this could be the case in humans.
The most exciting element of Lion’s Mane however is its ability to stimulate the production of Nerve Growth Factor. As such, studies are underway to demonstrate the ability of Lion’s Mane to reduce the symptoms of chronic conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease.
CBD cannabis products have become one of the most popular relaxation supplements in recent years, and with good reason. Cannabinoid receptors are present throughout the body, and while these are primarily thought to be CBD’s mechanism of relaxation, CBD also binds to serotonin receptors, implicated in mood, brain function and much more.
Research published in the renowned Nature Journal demonstrated CBD’s potential best, with participants given CBD showing significantly less discomfort when public speaking, versus a control group who were not.
CBD supplements can therefore be of use when it comes to unwinding during the week, and really help you to find that zen space.
Getting the basics right
While novel approaches to stress are always intriguing, it is essential to make sure you are getting the basics right first. Ask yourself:
- Am I getting enough vitamin D? It is well established that vitamin D deficiency is more common is people experiencing anxiety.
- Am I getting regular exercise? It is well established that endorphins and other natural cannabinoids which balance mood are released into the body by working-out.
- Am I meditating? Meditation, whether conducted alongside breathwork, yoga or another method, is widely becoming accepted as an excellent way for most people to manage their stress.
Shopping for supplements to support relaxation with Evolution Organics
These product ranges and approaches to living can help take the edge off your week and leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed more frequently.
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