Navigating the Holidays in Annapolis MD: Supplements for Stress-Free Holidays and Better Sleep

Navigating the Holidays in Annapolis MD: Supplements for Stress-Free Holidays and Better Sleep

Chiropractic Annapolis MD Navigating the Holidays

Season’s greetings! The holidays are fast approaching and it’s an especially busy time for many. With the fun and excitement of the holidays, this time of year can also bring stress. From social events to shopping to travel, the break from a normal routine can be disconcerting. This may be a time of year during which you’re working longer hours or getting less sleep, which can be particularly demanding as the daylight hours are getting shorter. Unfortunately, this can lead to a vicious cycle of fatigue and stress.

Luckily, there are supplements that have been proven to promote calmness, relaxation, and a healthy sleep cycle. This is why our December supplements of the month are all about stress management - to help you receive the joy of the season while mitigating the stress in Annapolis MD.

Chiropractic Annapolis MD December Supplements

December supplements of the month in Annapolis MD

Two of our supplements, CortiCalm and Adapto Max, are formulated to support healthy cortisol levels. In the body, stress causes an increase in cortisol, aka the “stress hormone,” secreted by the adrenal glands. In a healthy, stress-free person, cortisol should be highest in the morning and then gradually become lower as the day progresses. Chronic stress, however, results in abnormal cortisol fluctuations, resulting in fatigue or sleep difficulties. High cortisol can also lead to increased blood sugar, weight gain, inflammation, digestive issues, increased risk of heart disease, and reduced immune response.

CortiCalm, just as the name suggests, is designed to support the body’s stress response by promoting healthy cortisol levels. CortiCalm contains a combination of herbs that have been shown to support the body’s resilience by regulating various physiological processes. One of the key ingredients is a proprietary blend of plant extracts and herbs that have been used in Chinese and Japanese medicine for centuries to promote a balanced stress response, and to treat other conditions like headache, inflammation, and bloating. Other herbs included are L-theanine and ashwagandha, both of which have been clinically proven to produce stress-reducing benefits, enhance mental alertness, and improve sleep quality.

Adapto Max is another supplement we often recommend to patients experiencing adrenal stress, or those with imbalanced cortisol levels. Over time, chronically high cortisol can eventually become too low, which can cause fatigue, low blood pressure, salt cravings, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and mood changes. Here at Living Health Integrative Medicine, we provide in-depth testing for our patients to determine cortisol levels to promote optimal health. Whether cortisol is too low or too high, we recommend Adapto Max. This supplement contains adaptogenic herbs which means they aid the body in adapting to stress, by interacting with the body’s stress response system and regulating cortisol levels. Adaptogens like Panax ginseng, ashwagandha, and rhodiola support the body's ability to maintain balance by modulating cortisol levels up or down depending on the body's current state.

Our third supplement of the month, NeuroCalm, supports calmness and relaxation via brain health supportive ingredients including magnesium and GABA. It comes in a tasty cherry-flavored, stevia-sweetened powder form that dissolves in water to be taken at bedtime. Magnesium is required for over 300 metabolic processes in the body, including energy production, nerve and muscle function, and blood pressure regulation. Magnesium regulates neurotransmitters like serotonin (aka the “happy neurotransmitter”) and it helps relax muscles, producing a calming effect. In the body, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid, aka the “calming neurotransmitter”) functions to inhibit nerve cells, necessary to prevent overstimulation and maintain homeostasis, or balance, in the body. These ingredients, along with other key amino acids, work together to nurture the body with a healthy stress response and quality sleep.

Embrace the joy of the holiday season by prioritizing your well-being. Our December supplements-of-the-month offer a helping hand in managing stress and ensuring restful nights, empowering you to savor every moment of this festive time with renewed energy and calmness.


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