Thursday, 2 April 2009


You may not realise it, but many physical and emotional symptoms are due to underlying stress. Symptoms can vary from muscle tension, tiredness, irritability, IBS, sexual problems, ulcers or simply constantly falling prey to whatever bugs are going - the list goes on! Yet whilst the causes of stress can be very obvious, they can't always be easily removed. The good news however, is that you can support your body to help it deal more efficiently with stressful conditions.


Don't fall into the trap of reaching for the coffee pot, the chocolate bar, the wine bottle or whatever TV programme is easiest on the brain. You will only starve your body of the nutrients that would make it more able to deal with the stress! Apart from focusing on a healthy diet, try to make sure you get enough sleep and sufficient fresh air to allow you to cope with the increased demands being made on you.


In times of stress, certain nutrients are used up in larger quantities than usual, so improving your diet and supplementing with these nutrients will make you feel better. Nature helpfully provides many herbs to relax and revitalise the nervous system. They benefit from having no addictive qualities or unwanted side effects, working gently with your body to restore your balance.

At Elixir Health Foods we have found a perfect mix of nutrients in one formula, appropriately called Balance for Nerves. This is a unique blend of herbs, vitamins, amino acids and magnesium to support the adrenal glands and the nervous system. It contains Theanine which is a unique amino acid almost exclusively found in green tea and a particular type of mushroom. Thought to cross the blood-brain barrier and shown to have a positive effect, directly stimulating the production of alpha brain waves, Theanine creates a state of deep relaxation and mental alertness similar to that achieved through meditation. For people who are so stressed that they are unable to properly relax or enjoy the everyday pleasures of life, Theanine could be the beginning of a new lease of life.

Balance for Nerves also contains Lemon balm and Passion flower to nourish the nerves and pacify the mind and body. B vitamins replenish the adrenals and reinforce the effect of the herbs and amino acids, and magnesium is great for relaxing tense muscles. This is the perfect combination to help stay relaxed during the day without fear of drowsiness, and to promote restful sleep at night.

If you feel you are in need of a chill-pill but want to take the gentle approach with no side effects, come and see what we can do for you at Elixir.

By Randi Henderson

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