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According to Forbes Magazine, four of the top ten most stressful jobs in 2014 are service member occupations, such as military personnel, police officers, firefighters, and now healthcare professionals. With the responsibility of protecting others and in doing so, putting your own life at risk, it's no wonder stress levels are heightened. Stress, if left unmanaged, can take a toll on one's body, mood and behavior causing an onslaught of negative effects. The Mayo Clinic has categorized common effects of stress as it impacts different aspects of your health.
Changes in sex drive
Lack of motivation or focus
Irritability or anger
Sadness or depression
Eating too much or too little
Drug, alcohol or tobacco abuse
The following stress-relieving tips can be beneficial:
Help normalize stress-hormone levels by upping your intake of Vitamin C.
Engaging in aerobic exercise. Exercise reduces the level of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body's natural painkillers and mood elevators.
Add mood-enhancing supplementation or nutrients to your daily routine.
Popular nutrients that aids in stress management include:
Ashwagandha is the industry leading, branded ingredient that is clinically proven to help relieve the negative effects of stress.* Try Optim Nutrition Ultimate Super Stress with Ashwagandha.
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a drug-free and naturally occurring plant-derived amino acid that participates in the body's synthesis of serotonin. 5-HTP is the direct precursor to serotonin.* Try Windmill 5-HTP.
Full-spectrum nutrient support can help the body mount a balanced immune and stress response.* Try Optim Nutrition Extra Strength Immune Nutrition.