Everyone has some degree of stress, and understanding what causes the stress response in the body is the first step to managing it. The adrenal glands, which sit on top of the kidneys, produce more than 50 hormones that serve as the body’s internal messengers, signaling organs and systems to react to and regulate stress.
While there are many methods of obtaining the nutrients needed to reduce stress, Randy Lee, naturopathic doctor and owner of The Health Patch—Alternative Health Clinic and Market, in Midwest City, recommends nutraceuticals to help manage the stress response. “The adrenals feed on B vitamins, among other nutrients, such as vitamin C, folic acid, biotin, gamma amino butyric acid and pantothenic acid. Other de-stressors include herbs, such as schizandra, passionflower, hops, chamomile and valerian, as well as anti-stress minerals, such as magnesium and zinc. L-theanine is also a helpful amino acid to treat stress’ partner, anxiety,” explains Lee.
“I personally believe that symptoms such as road rage and post-traumatic stress disorder are caused by adrenal burnout,” continues Lee. “If you or a loved one are in a particularly stressful circumstance and seem uncommonly agitated or out of control, find a quiet place and support your adrenals.”
The Health Patch—Alternative Health Clinic and Market is located at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd., in Midwest City. For more information, call 405-736-1030 or email PawPaw@TheHealthPatch.com.