Stress

Stress can be a big problem, not just for your brain but for your whole body. Get ideas for managing and conquering stress on the NorthStar blog.

  1. 8 Rules for Defeating Anxiety That Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You

    anxiety defeatingAlthough defeating anxiety is one of the most important things you can do, it’s also one of the most intimidating.

    After all, part of anxiety is the feeling that you can’t ever get better.

    How are you supposed to defeat anxiety when the very fact that you have it makes you feel like you can never defeat it?

    First, it’s vital that you lose the stigma about having anxiety.

    Talk to your doctor. Admit you’re struggling with it. There are ways your doctor can help.

    But your doctor isn’t the only one who can help with defeating anxiety.

    You have a powerful ally where you might not expect it: yourself.

    In spite of what the anxiety may have you believing, you really can help manage, control, and defeat it.

    1. Accept the moment. As strange as this one sounds – and it does sound strange, who wants to accept anxiety? Doing so is key to defeating it. Anxiety is made worse when you try to fight it. Judging yourself, thinking you’re a bad person for having these feelings, trying to force yourself to “just get over it”… all of these exacerbate the anxiety rather than alleviate it. Instead of beating yourself up and trying to force your way through it, try to acknowledge it. Sit with it. You know what anxiety is, you know what it feels like, and most importantly, you know it will end. So, don’t judge and don’t fight. Let the moment be what it is. This one takes practice, but once you get the hang of it, it can become one of your most powerful tools for defeating anxiety.

    2. Distract yourself. Some people consider distractions a cheat. They believe that if you’re just distracting yourself, you aren’t really defeating anxiety. But if a distraction calms your nerves and makes you feel less anxious, that counts! A good distraction is any healthy alternative that makes you focus on something else rather than your anxious feelings and negative thoughts. Listen to music. Call a friend. Play with a dog. It really doesn’t matter how you distract yourself, so long as you do. Just don’t get spun up thinking about the things you feel like you can’t do. Revisit #1, accept that you’re not up to it, and find a distraction that you can manage. Which leads us to…

    3. Make a cup of tea. First, the act of filling the kettle, getting out the teabags, finding a mug, all the steps you take to make a cup of tea can be excellent distractions. But then, the tea itself can help defeat anxiety if you choose wisely. Chamomile and green teas both contain compounds that can help relax you and defeat anxiety. Valerian and lemon balm can also be brewed into tea, just be sure to follow the directions. And all four can be taken as supplements, if tea isn’t, well, your cup of tea.

    4. Learn your own triggers. Anxiety is different for everyone, so defeating anxiety has to be different for everyone. It’s not a cookie cutter condition. As soon as you’re able, make notes about what was going on leading up to the anxiety attack. Was it a slow build of stress? Was it one particular person? Or anticipating a specific event? Wait until you’re calm to try to address this one, because it’s easy to get caught in the emotion of the moment and not be able to identify a cause – which can make you feel even worse and more anxious. Once you’re calm, you’ll be able to see more clearly. And then, you may be able to find a pattern.

    5. Eat a healthy diet. Let’s be honest – fruits and vegetables aren’t going to defeat anxiety on their own. However, it’s easier to deal with what’s going on in your mind when your body is up to the challenge. And researchers have known for years that diet can affect mood. So give your body the healthy food and nutrients it needs to help you take care of your mind.

    6. Exercise daily. When it comes to defeating anxiety, daily exercise can help on two different levels. Anxiety can be caused or exacerbated by an abundance of stress hormones that build up in your system. Exercise can help burn them off. By exercising daily, you help prevent them from ever building up to the point that you end up with anxiety. But also, when you are feeling anxious, getting out and getting moving helps purge your system of the hormones that are contributing to your feelings. It takes about 21 minutes for exercise to help ease anxiety once it has kicked in, so get moving as soon as you can.

    7. Breathe deeply. When most people breathe, they only get oxygen into the upper parts of their lungs, which is a shame because deep, belly breathing is necessary for defeating anxiety. It has to do with the fight or flight response that can trigger anxiety. Once that physical response has started, unless you do something with those chemicals, they have nowhere to go. Deep belly breathing can help slow your heart rate, and bring your body back into a calmer, more relaxed mode. Inhale deeply, expanding your diaphragm, not just your chest, for four seconds. Hold for four seconds, then release for four seconds. Repeat several times while you’re anxious and throughout the day to stay calm. And speaking of the fight or flight response…

    8. Take care of your adrenal glands. These are the glands that control the fight or flight response. When they’re activated, you get a rush of adrenaline, secondary bodily functions are slowed, and you get a burst of energy that will allow you to fight or flee for your life. It’s an involuntary physical response from when our very lives depended on being able to escape from predators. Fortunately, in everyday life we rarely need the fight or flight response. Unfortunately, your body doesn’t know the difference between a saber tooth tiger attack from history and the stress of the modern world. Which means your body is always in fight or flight mode, just from the stress of living in the 21st century. This means your adrenal glands are tired. Think about how you feel when you’re constantly on the go. That’s how they’re feeling, so they aren’t functioning any better than you do when you’re exhausted.

    Defeating anxiety isn’t easy. It isn’t simple. There are no sure-fire steps that will make everything better immediately.

    But with practice, these guidelines really can help. And combined with your doctor’s advice, they can make a real difference in your life.

  2. 9 Tasty Recipes That Can Help With Stress

    stress help withSo much has people stressed these days – health, work, finances, family.

    As far as your body’s concerned it’s like you’re in a state of fight or flight all the time!

    You need help with stress.

    So why not get help with stress from a health source you’re already thinking about: your diet!

    That’s right, what you eat can help with stress.

    And since you’re already taking care to make healthy food choices, it’s not much of a stretch to start making dietary choices that will help with stress, too.

    Give your body a break from stress with these recipes –

    Breakfast:

    Overnight Oatmeal

    If you’ve given up oatmeal because it’s a carbohydrate, we’ve got good news for you – it’s time to take it back.

    The healthy carbs provided by whole grains, like oatmeal, help with stress by triggering the brain to produce serotonin, the happiness hormone. And with this recipe, you don’t even have to wait for the oatmeal to cook!

    Ingredients – Serves 6

    • 1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
    • 6 cups water
    • 1/4 cup chopped salted roasted almonds
    • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
    • Honey, if desired

    1. In a large saucepan, boil the oats in the water for 1 minute. Turn off heat. Cover and let stand overnight at room temperature.
    2. Uncover the oats in the morning. Bring to a boil over high heat.
    3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, approximately ten minutes, stirring frequently, until the oatmeal is cooked and creamy.
    4. Spoon the oatmeal into bowls. Top with the chopped almonds and dried cranberries and sweeten to taste with honey, if desired.

    Banana Almond Flax Smoothie

    Omega-3s are great for helping with stress because they may keep depression and anxiety at bay. Between the almond and the flax, you’re getting a substantial dose of omega-3s, and the banana gives any smoothie a rich, creamy texture. For best results, freeze your banana before blending.

    Ingredients – Serves 1

    • 1 medium or large banana, preferably frozen, sliced
    • 2/3 cup buttermilk, yogurt or almond milk
    • 1 tablespoon roasted unsalted almond butter
    • 1 tablespoon flaxseeds
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • A couple of drops of almond extract or vanilla

    Place all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. To make a thicker smoothie, or if you haven’t had time to freeze the banana, add ice before blending.

    Fortified Cereal with Milk

    If even a smoothie is challenging your culinary skills, fear not. You can still help with stress at breakfast. Find a cereal you like that’s been fortified with vitamin B. It’s been linked to better moods, and better mental health. The vitamin D from the milk has been linked to less risk of depression, as well. Just be sure to read the label on the cereal so you aren’t loading up on too much sugar or chemicals.

    Lunch:

    Even if the mornings are relatively stress-free, most people are looking for help with stress levels by the time lunch rolls around. Dig into any of these delicious recipes and feel better by the time lunch is over.

    Whole Wheat Rigatoni

    Another way to get whole grains, boost your serotonin, and help with stress – this healthy rigatoni recipe. It takes a bit of time, but every mouthful is worth it.

    Ingredients – Serves 4

    • One 1 1/2 pound acorn squash, scrubbed—cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick rings, seeds discarded
    • 1 small red onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • Salt and freshly ground pepper
    • 6 large plum tomatoes, halved and cored
    • 12 unpeeled garlic cloves
    • 1/2 pound whole wheat rigatoni
    • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    • 4 kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
    • 1/4 cup thinly sliced basil leaves
    • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
    • 2 tablespoons freshly grated pecorino cheese

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the squash and onion with 1 tablespoon of the oil; season with salt and pepper and spread in a single layer.
    2. On another large baking sheet, drizzle 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the tomato halves and garlic and roll to coat with oil. Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper and turn them cut side down.
    3. Put both sheets in the oven. Roast for about 40 minutes, until tender. Using tongs, transfer the garlic to a bowl; continue roasting the tomatoes for about 20 minutes longer, until very soft. Roast the squash and onion for about 45 minutes total, until tender and golden brown. Cut the squash into bite-size pieces. Discard the tomato skins and coarsely chop the flesh. Squeeze the garlic out of the skins.
    4. In a pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the water. Return the pasta to the pot.
    5. Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the pine nuts and toast over moderate heat until golden. Add the crushed red pepper and olives and cook for 1 minute. Add the vegetables and stir over moderately high heat until heated through, about 2 minutes.
    6. Season with salt and pepper and scrape into the pasta; add the reserved cooking water, basil and parsley and toss.
    7. Serve the pasta in bowls, topping each with 1/2 tablespoon of the pecorino.

    Mung Bean Hummus

    Mung bean is the latest super food to gain national attention and it’s no wonder why. It’s packed with the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs to stay healthy and yes, stress-free.

    Ingredients – Makes 2 cups

    • 1 1/2 cups / 7 1/2 oz cooked mung beans
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup / 120 ml tahini paste
    • 1 large clove garlic, peeled & smashed
    • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
    • 1/3 cup water
    • Baked pita chips

    1. Pulse mung beans in a food processor or blender until you’ve got a fine, fluffy crumb.
    2. Scrape the bean paste from the sides and add the lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and sea salt. Blend for one minute.
    3. Add water a bit at a time, blending constantly, until smooth.
    4. Serve with pita chips.

    Warm Quinoa, Spinach, and Shitake Salad

    Who says salads have to be boring? Get happy, stay healthy, and help with stress with this warm, filling salad. It boosts serotonin and packs a vitamin B punch.

    Ingredients – Serves 4

    • 1/2 cup red-wine vinegar
    • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • Coarse salt and ground pepper
    • 2 pounds fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps halved
    • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
    • 1 pound baby spinach
    • 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

    1. Heat broiler; set rack 4 inches from heat. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
    2. On a large rimmed broiler-proof baking sheet, toss mushrooms with half the dressing (reserve the rest); broil, tossing occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated and mushrooms are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine quinoa, 3 cups water, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium. Cover, and simmer until liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
    4. Place spinach in a large bowl; add hot mushrooms, quinoa, and reserved dressing. Toss to combine (spinach will wilt slightly). Top with crumbled feta, and serve immediately.

    Dinner:

    Honey Garlic Chicken

    The key ingredient here is the garlic, so feel free to use as much of it as you like in your favorite recipes, too. But if you’re looking for a place to start working garlic into your diet, this honey garlic chicken will help with stress AND taste great.

    Ingredients – Serves 5

    • 1 (2 to 3 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces
    • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • 2 cloves crushed garlic
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

    1. To Make Marinade: Combine the soy sauce, honey, orange juice, garlic, oregano, pepper and paprika. Mix all together and pour over chicken pieces. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
    2. Preheat oven to 350*.
    3. Remove chicken from refrigerator. Place chicken and marinade in a 9x13 inch baking dish and bake, uncovered, in preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours. Baste once.

    Serve with wild rice, if desired.

    Brown Rice and Black Beans

    By now you’ve put together the fact that healthy carbs – this dish’s brown rice - will help with stress. But the beans in this one are a great source of selenium, another brain and mood booster.

    Ingredients – Serves 4

    • 1 cup brown rice, uncooked
    • 2 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 small onion, diced (1 cup)
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
    • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
    • 1 large carrot, finely diced
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes
    • 1 (15.5 ounce) can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley leaves

    1. Place rice and chicken broth in a saucepot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook rice, covered, until tender and all the liquid is absorbed, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover, and fluff with a fork.
    2. Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, celery, carrot, cumin and chili flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender but not mushy, about 6 minutes. Stir in black beans and cook until just warmed through, about 1-2 minutes.
    3. Combine onion-black bean mixture and hot rice in a serving bowl and toss to combine. Garnish with parsley.

    Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

    Sometimes, life gets so stressful, you want to revert to a burger and fries. Now, you can – while lowering stress, anxiety, and depression, at all once. It’s because of the brain chemicals turkey and sweet potato trigger when you indulge!

    Ingredients – Serves 4

    Turkey Burger

    • 1 lb. ground turkey
    • 1/2 cup canned, lower-sodium black beans, drained, rinsed
    • 3 green onions, finely chopped
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
    • 3/4 tsp. chili powder
    • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
    • non-stick cooking spray
    • 1 small avocado, thinly sliced
    • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
    • 2 cup romaine lettuce, shredded
    • 4 slice tomato
    • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

    1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, black beans, green onion, garlic powder, cumin and chili powder and gently fold together by hand. Separate into 4 equal size patties (approx. 4.5 ounces each). Season with pepper.
    3. Heat a medium sized skillet and coat with cooking spray over medium heat. Place patties in skillet and cover. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side.
    4. Place on bun and top with lettuce, tomato, avocado and red onion.

    Sweet Potato Fries

    • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into bite-size strips
    • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
    • 1 tsp. chili powder
    • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

    1. Combine sweet potatoes, oil, chili powder and remaining pepper.
    2. On a baking sheet, spread fries in single layer.
    3. Cook for 20 minutes, flipping once.

    Now that your mood is better, your anxiety is lower, and your stress is on the way down thanks to your diet, really take your system out of fight or flight mode with Peak Adrenal X6, the adrenal support supplement specially designed to nourish and feed your adrenal glands the same way these recipes can nourish and feed your body.

    Help with stress doesn’t have to be complicated, or time consuming. Now, it’s as easy as making yourself a meal – and taking Peak Adrenal X6!

  3. A Hard Look at Hair Loss and Stress

    stress and hair lossYou’ve probably heard that hair loss and stress are related.

    But just how worried should you be?

    Well, there’s good news – and not so good news.

    The good news is that a couple bad days, or a few stressful moments are NOT going to cause you to lose your hair.

    The not so good news is that hair loss can be caused by ongoing, long-term stress.

    And it may be unexpected stress, at that.

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  4. 3 Quick Exercises to Ease Your Adrenal Stress

    stress adrenalYou’re exhausted all of the time.

    And you know that exercise is supposed to boost your energy – but it doesn’t.

    In fact, nothing that’s “supposed” to help actually does.

    If this sounds familiar, you may be dealing with adrenal stress.

    Adrenal stress, or adrenal fatigue, is a condition where the constant, ongoing stress of everyday life has simply overworked your adrenal glands until they become as exhausted as you are.

    And when your exhaustion and fatigue are caused by adrenal stress, you’re right – the standard ways to relieve your symptoms won’t work as well, if at all.

    Your body needs more than a good night’s sleep or a caffeine boost. Some – like heavy exercise - may even be making you worse!

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  5. How to Avoid These 9 Dangerous Effects of Stress on the Brain

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    You’re stressed. These days, it’s hard not to be.

    And you know stress is bad for your heart, your mood, your sleep, probably even your relationships.

    Well, here’s one more reason to focus on relaxing – to avoid these dangerous effects of stress on your brain.

    From structural changes to emotional ones, the effects of stress on the brain are as life-changing as any other response to stress, yet people pay less attention to them.

    Well, we’re going to shine a light on the effects of stress on your brain so that you can recognize what’s going on and, more importantly, how to change it! Continue reading

  6. Why Sex is Necessary for Good Mental Health

    mental health goodGood mental health is just as important as good physical health.

    Yet, while people embrace good physical health, society often whispers about good mental health.

    Everyone is just supposed to be okay, all the time, without working on it. Or talking about it. Or admitting to it.

    But that’s not reality. The reality is that good mental health takes as much work as good physical health.

    So let’s talk about ways to maintain good mental health, instead of pretending it’s easy. And better yet, let’s start with a fun one!

    Because sex can play an important – even vital role – in maintaining good mental health.

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  7. 6 Benefits of Licorice Root to Boost Your Health

    licorice root benefitsMost of us gave up the Easter Bunny decades ago, but you might be tempted to rethink his visit once you know that a health booster may be lurking in your Easter basket!

    Even if you used to turn your nose up at the licorice jelly beans, you’ll change your mind once you learn about the health benefits of licorice root.

    Now, obviously licorice candy isn’t the healthy way to reap the benefits of licorice root. But a health boosting supplement? That’s worth getting excited about. Continue reading

  8. The Dangerous Link Between Stress and Digestion

    You’ve been having digestion issues. You know something is wrong.

    But the tests and appointments show nothing. Even your doctor isn’t taking you seriously any longer.

    If this sounds remotely familiar, it’s time to start think out of the box.

    It’s time to look at how stress and digestion are linked.

    Because even if there’s not a physical problem that shows up on a scan, there’s still a real problem – and you deserve to be treated with concern and respect.

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  9. 5 Amazing Sex Tips to Reduce Stress

    reducing stress tipsIt seems that everyone’s stress levels climb during this time of year.

    The holidays are enough to challenge anyone’s stress management routine.

    So maybe it’s time to work some new tips to reduce stress into the mix.

    And since you’re trying something new, why not get adventurous at the same time and try these sex tips for reducing stress. Continue reading

  10. Stress and Pain: Is Stress the Cause of Your Pain [take this quiz]

    pain and stressDoes your pain cause your stress?

    Or does your stress cause your pain?

    We’ve known for a long time that stress and pain are connected.

    But how do you know which came first?

    This quiz may give you an indication of which came first, and if stress is actually causing your pain. Continue reading

  11. How Does Stress Affect Your Immune System?

    Stress immune system Sure, you know stress can make you feel bad, but did you know that it can actually make you sick?

    Because of the way stress affects your immune system, it does more than just make you feel bad – it really can make you sick.

    And the longer you’re stressed, the more your immune system is affected.

    Which is a problem because, according to a survey done by the American Psychological Association in 2011, “most” Americans report having moderate to high stress levels, and 44% of people feel like their stress levels went up in the five previous years.

    So, how does stress affect your immune system? Let’s look…

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  12. Peak Adrenal X6 Reviews – What Are Customers Saying?

    Reviews for Peak Adrenal X6You’re looking for Peak Adrenal X6 reviews because you want to know if everything you've heard is true. If it really can give you more energy than you've had in years… taking on your exhaustion right at its source… and even improve your mood.

    Because you've heard all that, and more.

    Peak Adrenal X6's unique formula has been specially researched and designed to support and nourish your adrenal glands, the very source of your tiredness, moodiness, even brain fog. Continue reading

  13. Help lower your blood pressure - Are BUGS the key?

    Want to lower your blood pressure a few points? Or maybe just keep your already healthy BP in check?

    Look to your belly.

    Yes, I did say your BELLY. The bacteria in our guts could be the hidden key to help lower your blood pressure, according to a new 9-study-strong review. Continue reading

  14. Chronic stress is a memory killer

    Trouble remembering where you parked the car? Forgetting appointments or blanking on people’s names?

    Don’t panic, chances are it isn't early Alzheimer’s. And no, you don’t have a brain tumor.

    The truth is, you’re probably just experiencing a little bit of chronic stress. And the cure for those brain burps is as simple as it gets: relax! Continue reading

  15. Anti-aging supplements - 6 nutrients that promote healthy skin

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    Lumivella promotes healthy skinYou’re diligent about taking care of your skin – you stay out of the sun, use the right lotions, you even try to get enough sleep and avoid stress. And yet you still feel like your skin could use an extra boost and anti-aging supplements just might do the trick. Continue reading

  16. Shocking sleeping pill side effects force changes

    In case you’re keeping score, the FDA has been caught asleep at the wheel yet again. After ten years of being on the market, they’ve finally admitted that for more than 11 hours after taking Lunesta, the sleeping pill's side effects may severely impair a user’s memory, coordination and ability to perform everyday tasks. You know… tasks like driving a two-ton car down the same highway your child’s school bus takes.
  17. Peak Adrenal X6 Ingredients: Adrenal Support for Abundant Energy

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    Peak Adrenal X6 schisandra berriesDo any of these symptoms sound familiar - constant tiredness, moodiness, the struggle to stay awake during the day followed by the struggle to get to sleep when it’s finally time for bed? If so, then you need to know about the ingredients in Peak Adrenal X6. What about “senior moments” and brain fog? Do those sound familiar, too? You may have thought all of these were just normal signs of aging and there was nothing you could do about them. We’re here to tell you that that’s not true.
  18. Adrenal support supplements v. Starbucks coffee: What’s better value?

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    Some days you’re tired, no matter how much sleep you get. And when you start to have more tired days than energized days, you may want to explore some options to boost your energy levels and help your body adapt to stress more efficiently. You might be surprised to learn that adrenal support supplements can provide the safe, natural energy support you’re looking for. You may have heard about Peak Adrenal X6 adrenal support supplements, and how people who take Peak Adrenal 6 can have soaring energy, sharper mental focus, and even sleep better at night. Peak Adrenal X6 does this by supporting the adrenal glands, allowing them to recharge so your whole body can recharge. Peak Adrenal X6 helps the body respond appropriately to stress and stimulation, which in turn, makes you feel more efficient, more rested, more capable of handling the day without wanting to collapse from exhaustion. To learn more about Peak Adrenal X6 and why the adrenal glands need support, click here.

    The CoffeeSolution? Natural Adrenal Support May Be Better

    So why not just drink a few cups of coffee, or down some Red Bull? Won’t that get you energized and back in action? The difference is that, unlike caffeine and other stimulants, Peak Adrenal X6 helps address what may be the real reason you’re tired, and distracted, instead of just masking the symptoms. And it does this by giving your adrenal glands the support they need to recharge. But what about the price? Coffee’s cheap and easy, right? A quick run to the local coffee shop is so convenient, not all that expensive, and gets you through your morning. After all, aren’t you supposed to “wake up and smell the coffee?” But how does the price of that daily coffee really stack up to the price of Peak Adrenal X6? Let’s use Starbucks, just as an example…

    The Starbucks Price Challenge: Coffee v. Adrenal Support Supplements

    The average price of a tall (small) Starbucks coffee is $2.00. It’s more if you get a specialty drink, like a latte, and less if you get a simple brewed cup of Joe – but the average is about 2 bucks. So let’s say you stop in first thing in the morning to wake up and chat with some friends. That’s only $2.00 and that’s not bad. At least not at first glance… Once you do the math, though, it’s a different story. If you only have that cup of coffee on weekday mornings, you’re spending $2.00 approximately 20 times per month. And that equals $40.00. If you make that stop every day, suddenly you’re looking at $60.00 in a month. And even if one cup of coffee gets you through your morning, does one small cup of coffee really get you through your whole day? Let’s be honest, most of us reach for a second cup at some point in the morning. Which means another $2.00 – so that price can quickly double to as much as $120.00 every month. And remember, that’s if you only get a small/tall. If you get a medium/grande or a large/venti – or prefer specialty coffees – your price will just keep going up. And if you give into the temptation of a treat, or grab a coffee for a friend, or a bottle of water, really, the sky’s the limit on what your tab could be. Not to mention the cost of gas to get you there and back, the value of your time spent getting there, etc. It all adds up to much more than just a $2.00 cuppa Joe.

    Peak Adrenal X6 : Excellent Value for Adrenal Support Supplements

    Peak Adrenal X2 adrenal support supplements Compare that to the cost of Peak Adrenal X6 . A one-month supply of Peak Adrenal X6 supplement costs $39.95. That’s it. No extra costs depending on what size you get. No having to budget for flavors or extra shots. One month equals $39.95. Plus, Peak Adrenal X6’s price actually goes down if you buy more than one month at a time. With our multi-bottle savings, you spend less the more you buy! If you purchase a 6-month supply, it will only cost you $35.78 per bottle, which works out to about $1.20 per day. Try getting your local coffee shop to give you a discount every time you make a purchase…

    Adrenal Support Benefits Even Beyond Price

    But raw numbers aren’t the only costs of Peak Adrenal X6 v. Starbucks. When you rely on caffeine for energy, you risk a crash as the caffeine wears off, requiring you to drink – and pay for – even more coffee just to keep you going. But you also have to worry about when to stop drinking coffee, or else risk being kept up all night from the buzz. Not with Peak Adrenal X6. With Peak Adrenal X6, you get the energy boost you need, the focus you’re looking for – all the benefits of a Starbucks coffee – with none of the extra expense or side effects. The price of Peak Adrenal X6 is reasonable to begin with. And when compared to a daily coffee from Starbucks or anywhere else, Peak Adrenal X6 is practically a steal – and you get more bang for your buck, too. When you decide you’re tired of being tired and want to save some money instead of pouring it away in a coffee cup, click here to try Peak Adrenal X6. And when you order today, you’ll save 25% on your first order. Just enter promo code W650Q5ZD and you’ll save 25% when you check out. What are you waiting for? It’s time to wake up – without smelling the coffee – with Peak Adrenal X6. Click here to save 25% when you order your Peak Adrenal X6 supplement today!

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  19. Adaptogens: What They Are and 3 Reasons You Should Take Them

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    Peak Adrenal X6 adaptogensThere’s quite a buzz going around these days about adaptogens. Seems everyone is talking about adaptogens, or which herbs have adaptogenic properties, or which nutrients are the right adaptogens for you. But no one seems to be explaining exactly what adaptogens are and why they’re so important. It’s easy for all the good advice about adaptogens to become nothing but noise. Yet, adaptogens are really important. So here’s what you need to know about adaptogens…

    What Is an Adaptogen?

    Much of the modern research into adaptogens has been performed by Dr. Israel I. Brekhman, who defines adaptogens as “plants which increase the body’s nonspecific resistance; that is, they provide valuable support to the human body in coping with the pressures placed on a wide range of its functions by both the internal and external environments.” Translation, please!! So let’s break it down. An adaptogen is
    • A plant or plant extract
    • That supports the body’s natural systems
    • And its ability to handle stress
    • From internal and external sources
    Some common adaptogens are:
    • Panax ginseng – a perennial grown in China, Korea, Japan, and Russia; it should not be confused with American ginseng or Siberian ginseng
    • Licorice root – yes, that licorice, the one you are familiar with in candy flavorings, has a long history of traditional use in helping combat stress
    • Rhodiola rosea – is found mostly in the Arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and Alaska. References to rhodiola in medical notes go back as far as the first century Greece
    • Eleutherococcus senticosus – is sometimes referred to as Siberian ginseng, even though it has entirely different chemical components; also known as eleuthero
    • Schizandra chinensis – has been used for healing and medicinal purposes for over 2000 years. This flowering plant is native to parts of China and eastern Russia
    • Ashwagandha – is considered one of the most important herbs in ancient and traditional medicine. The roots and berries are commonly used in the creation of supplements.

    3 Reasons to Take an Adaptogen

    1. Stress and the Fight-or-Flight Response: Since stress levels can be an indicator of overall health – and high stress levels can contribute to making us sick – supporting our body’s response to the natural stress reaction is one of the best preventative steps we can take to ensure we stay healthy.By now, you’re probably familiar with the fight-or-flight response. It’s when we are faced with a stressful situation and our adrenal glands flood our bodies with the adrenaline necessary to either fight our way out of it, or escape the situation (flight). This is a natural, biological response, and we can’t keep it from happening. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t recognize the difference between the stress caused by a one-time, life-or-death emergency, or a grueling commute we have to take to work every morning.While our bodies are designed to respond to the emergency with action, and then relax once the emergency has passed, the daily stressors don’t go away – our bodies never get to the relaxed stage. If we stay in this heightened level of stress for long, our immune systems start to weaken and our bodies stop working efficiently. It’s simply exhausting! While we may not be able to prevent the fight-or-flight response from kicking in, we can help regulate how our bodies respond to it. And this is where adaptogens come in. An adaptogen works in two ways: by moderating the adrenaline rush and by supporting the relaxation or recovery stage. In other words, you get less adrenaline flooding your body, and it recovers more efficiently once the stress has passed.
    1. Free Radicals and the Antioxidant Effect: You hear a lot about free radicals and the damage they can do to our bodies. Free radicals impact the body by throwing it out of balance, making it unable to resist their damaging effects. Antioxidants, like adaptogens, help the body respond appropriately, boosting the body’s natural ability to fight off free radicals, and may even prevent free radicals from causing as much damage.
    1. Oxidative Stress and the Antioxidant Effect: But what about the damage that free radicals may have already caused? This damage is known as oxidative stress, and it can make you feel sick or tired, and age you prematurely. But adaptogens can help there, too. When our bodies are healthy, they have the ability to respond to oxidative stress. Adaptogens act as antioxidants and support the body’s natural ability to respond in a healthy way to the very unhealthy oxidative stress – helping you feel better, look younger, and have more energy.
    These 3 physical responses are your body’s way of responding to the world around us. There’s only so much you can do to prevent these reactions – but they can still leave you tired, unmotivated, and grumpy.

    How Do You Choose Which Adaptogen to Take?

    All of these complaints –low energy levels, being tired all the time, lack of motivation, moodiness – these are all symptoms of adrenal fatigue, and oxidative stress, both of which are brought on by the body’s weakened ability to handle stress. Adaptogens can help your body handle adrenal fatigue and oxidative stress if that is what you’re dealing with. So how do you decide where to find adaptogens and which ones are right for you? You can scour the internet and get a dozen different opinions about a dozen different adaptogens. You can ask your doctor, and hope he’s one who doesn’t scoff at you for wanting to try a natural alternative. Or, you can try NorthStar Nutritionals’ adrenal support supplement formula, Peak Adrenal X6.

    Peak Adrenal X6 Supplement: Packed with Premium Adaptogens

    With 4 different powerful adaptogens, Peak Adrenal X6 takes the guesswork out of it. Siberian ginseng, ashwagandha, schizandra berry, and licorice root are some of the most trusted adaptogens available – and Peak Adrenal X6 contains all of them, in the optimal amounts. Wouldn’t you love to be rid of the…
    • stiff joints
    • occasional headaches
    • muscle weakness
    • trouble sleeping…
    • moodiness
    • brain fog…
    …that caused you to start looking for answers in the first place? Peak Adrenal X6 has the adaptogens you need to help you feel better, have more energy, and be more productive throughout your day. No more falling asleep in the afternoons, but not being able to sleep at night. No more procrastinating or lack of motivation. No more feeling grumpy for no apparent reason. No more being told by your doctor you’re fine when you feel a bit off. Just the energy and the can-do attitude that comes from being at your healthy, physical peak. To learn more, or to order your first bottles of Peak Adrenal X6 today, click here. And when you order today, you’ll save 25% on your first order. Just add promo code W650Q5ZC at check out and watch the savings add up! Adding adaptogens to your daily routine is a smart move. Taking Peak Adrenal X6 supplements makes that smart move easy. Click here to order Peak Adrenal X6 and save 25% today.

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  20. 10 ways to reduce holiday stress

    There's a lot you can do to reduce holiday stress. First off, make sure to eat protein with every meal. It's the great stabilizer for your blood sugar and your mood. Plus, it will help keep your cortisol levels right where they should be. Cortisol is the stress hormone that causes your "fight or flight" response. We all need it from time to time. But low protein intake day after day can make your cortisol levels climb high and stay high. And that's not good. In fact, chronically elevated cortisol can cause blood sugar problems, weight gain, and lowered immunity. So aim to get 10 to 20 grams of protein with each meal. That will go a long way in regulating your cortisol. Breakfast is usually the one meal where you'll fall short on protein. But that's an easy fix. Just eat an egg or two will help with holiday stress. Each egg contains almost seven grams of protein. Just make sure to go for organic, free-range brown eggs. Get them from a local farmer, if you can! You'll know these eggs are the real deal if they have dark (almost orange) yolks and hard shells. And if you're worried about the cholesterol in eggs, look back at last year's Guide to Good Health. You'll never think twice about eating real eggs again! Any type of oily fish (yes, even in the morning!) is also a good protein choice. Oily fish like salmon also contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids. These natural substances help to lower those pesky cortisol levels which tend to creep up during the holidays. The omega-3s in fish can also help reduce holiday stress. Plus, remember this...

    Whole grains burn slower

    During the stress of the holidays, it's more important than ever to choose whole grains. These grains boost the levels of serotonin, the "feel good" chemical in the brain. Plus, whole grains are packed with fiber, which your body will burn more slowly. So opt for whole-wheat pasta instead of white pasta at dinner. You won't suffer from the blood sugar crash that will make you cranky and tense. Good whole grains to work into your diet include: 100 percent whole wheat, oats, barley, quinoa, and brown rice. Okay, now we're really on a how to ease holiday stress roll. So why stop? This holiday, try your best to...

    Combine whole grains with nutrient-rich foods

    Make sure your meals contain lots of dark green vegetables. That's because dark greens such as broccoli, kale, and spinach contain lots of vitamin B. And the B vitamins keep your memory sharp, your energy high, and your anxiety low. Nuts also contain lots of B vitamins...as well as plenty of calming protein and magnesium. It's also a good idea to take a complex supplement that contains all eight forms vitamin B. Plus, look for a brand that contains at least 25 mg of B1, B2, and B6. But don't stop there. Around this time of year, you may even consider taking a little extra B-12. It's one of the most important in this family of vitamins. Known as the "energy vitamin," it will help you power through holiday stress on even your most hectic days. Go for the sub-lingual form that you can squirt under your tongue. Your body will absorb this more easily than tablets.

    Eat more citrus fruits

    Next, I want you to eat more citrus this holiday season. Clementines are great this time of year and they contain lots of vitamin C. Research shows that vitamin C is a natural and powerful stress buster. In fact, in a recent German study, researchers found that men and women who were given 1,000 mg of vitamin C showed fewer signs of stress. For the study, researchers divided 120 men and women into two groups. One group received 1,000 mg of vitamin C daily and the other group received a placebo. Next, the researchers subjected the volunteers to a series of stressful situations...public speaking and math problems. Then, the researchers measured the volunteers' blood pressure and cortisol levels. Any guesses which group fared better? You betcha. The volunteers who took vitamin C had much lower blood pressure and much lower cortisol levels. Plus, they reported feeling less stress after they got the vitamin. So in addition to eating citrus this holiday season, make sure to supplement with vitamin C. I'd go for a bit more than what the volunteers in the study took. In fact, strive to get at least 1,000 mg of C twice a day. Take that amount three times a day if you're really feeling like your pot's going to boil over, it will definitely help you reduce holiday stress. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, so any extra your body doesn't need will get flushed. Plus, remember that vitamin C only stays in your body for a few hours at a time. So be consistent with your supplementing throughout the day and skip the time-released preparations as these are a waste of money.

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