stress

  1. Does your brain feel EXHAUSTED? (Here’s how to fix it)

    The 24-hour news cycle… our cell phones beeping at us all day… health worries… family problems.

    These were SUPPOSED to be our “golden years” – but it feels like we have more to deal with than ever before.

    It’s no wonder that so many of my patients come to me with the same complaint.

    “Physically, I feel fine,” they say. “But my brain is just WORN-OUT.”

    We’ve always been told that this “mental fatigue” is just a normal part of aging.

    But that’s just not true.

    Because I’m going to show you how easy it can be to give your brain a MAJOR boost – and how you can feel alert and sharp all day long.

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    Mental fatigue can usually be traced back to stress – both physical and emotional.

    And we all have plenty of stress, right?

    When our brains sense something stressful, hormones pour out from a part of the brain called the pituitary gland.

    Those hormones travel to the adrenal glands – which release the well-known stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline/epinephrine).

    It’s those adrenal hormones which raise your blood pressure, make you feel alert, give you a burst of energy, and sharpen your mind.

    This stress system works great for sudden and short-term threats, but wasn’t meant to be switched on for extended periods of time.

    The thing is, in today’s modern world we’re constantly barraged with sources of stress: those traffic jams, bad news headlines, and health worries.

    Mental fatigue is caused by prolonged periods of anxieties placed upon our brains. And the impact is well known.

    The more stress: the less our brains function.

    Those stress hormones also not good for our long-term health: they increase inflammation, oxidation, wrinkles, and aging in general.

    But there is a solution (besides living in a cave in the middle of nowhere).

    There is a group of herbs that is well known for calming your stress response and helping to keep your brain sharp.

    The stress-removing herbs are called adaptogens (they help your body adapt to stress).

    The most powerful adaptogen is ashwagandha.

    In a recent clinical trial, ashwagandha extract was found to relieve the fatigue, tension, and exhaustion which comes from everyday stress.

    Not only that, the root extract also improved participants’ ability to concentrate and remain alert.

    Other great adaptogens include rhodiola, eleutherococcus, and holy basil.

    Feeling overwhelmed is a part of modern life, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it.

    These adaptogens can be the secret to helping you feel calm, focused, and mentally alert.

  2. Nature relieves stress and boosts brain health

    Stressed? This will tame your brain's 'caveman' impulses

    Sometimes, it seems like there's no escape from stress.

    No matter how organized your life is... how much wisdom you've gained... and how much you try to "accentuate the positive," a lemon always manages to drop out of the sky.

    And if you live anywhere but the countryside, that lemon might take the form of a traffic jam, parking ticket, or noisy neighbor!

    In fact, those stresses of "civilization" can even affect your brain -- because compared to country folks, those who live in cities large or small tend to have higher levels of activity in the amygdala, a part of the brain that plays a role in your stress response.

    Think of the amygdala as the tiny part of your brain that never evolved from when we were cavemen and cavewomen. It can cause a fight or flight response that would've come in handy if your prehistoric ancestor were running from a tiger.

    But while MOST of our modern-day stresses don't warrant that severe of a response, the tiny "caveman brain" inside our modern, evolved brains can't recognize the difference.

    Fortunately, according to a new study out of Germany, there's a natural way to help your brain cope better with the aggravations of modern life: When life gives you lemons, head for the trees!

    Based on MRI brain scans and cognitive test results, researchers found that those who lived in cities close to a forest had healthier brain structure AND function than city dwellers who didn't.

    Now, this wasn't a controlled experiment -- so it's possible that the people in the study with healthier amygdalas simply CHOSE to live closer to nature.

    And we don't know how pollution might come into play here.

    But since previous research has shown that the environment around you can literally shape the structure and function of your brain, it's entirely plausible that access to the great outdoors has a direct impact on the stuff between your ears.

    And since stress can contribute to so many health concerns -- from high blood pressure to gut issues -- anything that can calm your caveman brain down is a good thing.

    Not surprisingly, previous studies have even shown that the more trees and birds a neighborhood has, the less likely its residents are to suffer from depression and anxiety!

    At the same time, the new study found that a few trees planted in a parking lot can't substitute for the peaceful silence of nature.

    Now, if you don't live close to a bona fide forest, "planting" yourself at a local park might be enough to do the trick. (Even in a concrete jungle like New York City, you can still find a quiet spot in Central Park!)

    Really, ANY chance you have to get out from the shadows of buildings and into the sunshine can help -- because the vitamin D you get from sun exposure can ease depression, especially in those who are deficient.

  3. Stress can cause memory problems that mimic dementia

    Stressed? You're probably not losing your marbles We all know someone who sneezes a few too many times and thinks it's pneumonia. And that kind of hypochondria can be contagious -- especially as we age and worry that MINOR symptoms could be a sign of something MAJOR. Take, for instance, the "brain burps" we all experience. You forget your keys...
  4. How stress can damage your DNA

    Stop disease in its tracks with age-old wisdom These are supposed to be your "golden years." You've worked hard your whole life, so let the good times roll! Right? But in reality, life is neither a beach nor a piece of cake -- no matter how much older or "wiser" you get. Even when you're on a supposed "permanent vacation...
  5. Eating vegetables reduces stress

    Bust stress with this garden secret If you're feeling frazzled... whether you're running late for an appointment or just can't find enough hours in the day to get everything done... you might hear a song that starts playing in your head. But it's not just any song. Give me a break... give me a break... break me off a piece...
  6. Prebiotics help protect the body from stress

    The trick to weathering stress is in your gut Going through a stressful event can sure make you feel like you've come down with something awful. Your tummy's upset, you can't sleep, and your heart is racing... It's worse than the flu! That's because stress is never just in your head. Your body goes on high alert by releasing stress...
  7. Natural supplements deliver lasting stress relief

    Natural supplements provide stress relief benefits that can last even a month after stopping their use. Just try to find a prescription drug that can do that!
  8. B complex vitamins are nature’s “chill pill”

    Supplementing with B vitamins is a powerful natural way to relieve chronic stress without prescription drugs.
  9. Stress triples early death risk

    Researchers found that people exposed to the most stress during their daily lives were three times more likely to die prematurely than their cool as a cucumber peers.
  10. Study claims laughter is dangerous

    A new study claims laughter could lead to everything from heart problems to hernia. But don't stop laughing yet -- get the truth here.

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