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Feeling Stressed Out? Add Some Herbs To Your Food

By Stephen R. Farris

Does the hustle and bustle of everyday life leave you feeling more stressed out than usual?

Let's face it, from keeping up a home, family life, school projects with the kids, taking them to events, work, driving in traffic, long lines at the grocery store, can leave you feeling a bit stressed from time to time. 

Sometimes the stress we feel can be enormous to us. We don't quite always know how to handle it, and it can lead to irritability to the point we take it out on either a co-worker or a family member that we love, and even our friends.

When it gets to this point, it might be time to step back and take a long, hard look at the things in your life that are causing you the most stress. It might be time to evaluate and see how you can turn it around so you can get back to the happy-go-lucky person you were.

There are lots of ways you can help alleviate stress in your life, such as learning a new hobby or reading more books. You might even try a new type/form of exercise such as yoga, tai chi, or simply going for a long walk in the morning or evenings.

The answer to reducing stress could be as simple as adding more nutrients to your daily diet. Check out some of these herbs that provide a natural way to help reduce your stress.

L-theanine

Commonly found in tea leaves, L-theanine is an amino acid that has the capabilities to help make you more relaxed. Being more relaxed can also lessen the stress you might feel. The good news about this amino acid is the fact it has no exerting side effects that you might otherwise experience with prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicine. Plus, it's all natural.

B-Complex Vitamins

These include all eight B vitamins, and play a big role in your metabolism by helping turn the food you eat into energy. They're also good for heart and brain health as well. You can get B complex vitamins in supplement form, or they can be found in grains, meats, legumes, eggs, dairy products, and leafy green vegetables, just in case you'd rather not take them in vitamin form.

Kava

Kava is native to the South Pacific islands, and comes in the form of a tropical evergreen shrub. Kava generally produces a calming effect, which could aid in reducing any anxiety you may feel and lower your stress levels.

So the next time you're feeling more stressed than usual, try out some of these to get you back on track.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rocklin, Calif.

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