In a busy society where stress predominates much of our lives, it is adaptogens like Maca that show great promise. As to the question of “why should I take it”, Maca has a unique chemistry that seems to address many aspects of health, not the least of which is sexual health and desire in men and women. Libido has been shown to decrease as stress levels increase. A healthy sex life has been touted as a key to overall health as has been shown to improve many things including mood, blood pressure, sleep quality and immune system function via positive
Stress is practically unavoidable in our western culture. It triggers a hormonal pathway and cascade that places excess demands on the body’s nutrient and vitamin stores over and above of what is required for normal function. Almost every cell and metabolic pathway in our body requires nutrients, vitamins and minerals to act as co-factors. Co-factors are molecules that act like keys that open each step that leads to the production of essential cell components such as energy or the formation of essential proteins. This article highlights 4 key non-herbal factors that are essential to the body for dealing with stress.
A bad night’s sleep can be frustrating for many reasons, but we rarely consider its impact beyond the associated fatigue or the sluggish day of work. Sleep deprivation is associated with both short and long term health concerns, and the evidence is only mounting. From a very basic standpoint, poor sleep makes us less cognitively sharp and therefore at a greater risk for careless mistakes. This is consistent with many studies finding that self-reported sleep problems, short sleep duration, fatigue and daytime sleepiness are all linked in some way to workplace injuries due to accidents.1 Nevertheless, what about the health
What are the Adrenal Glands? These important glands sit on top of each kidney and are approximately the size of a grape. The hormones that are produced by these glands have important functions such as regulating levels of minerals in the blood including sodium and potassium, determining how the body metabolizes food, blood pressure and heart beat regulation as well as for stress reaction functions. What Does the Term “Adrenal Fatigue” Mean? Adrenal apathy is another name for adrenal fatigue, a condition potentially affecting millions of people around the world. However, it frequently goes unrecognized as an illness in the
Arguably, we are more stressed today than ever before in human history. As a result, stress accounts for 75 – 90% of all primary care visits in the US, and prescriptions for antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications are sky-rocketing. Many people recourse to self-medicating with substances such as stimulants, drugs, alcohol, tobacco and even food in an attempt to manage their mental stress. Stress is also considered to be the number one reason why people eat poorly and quit healthy lifestyle programs. Chronic stress is now acknowledged as a key driver behind most of our modern health complaints, both psychological and