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Worrying Won’t Solve Anything

WorryStressJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Most of us worry sometimes, many of us often worry, and some of us worry constantly. We worry about all kinds of things, our finances, our relationships, our responsibilities, our health, climate change, and politics. We worry about things we can control, as well as things we can’t. No matter what we worry about or how often we worry, the impact of constant worrying on our health is actually what is worrisome. There’s some truth to the expression “worried sick,” as worrying is stressful, and stress can undermine physical and mental health. Excessive worry can lead to anxiety and that, in turn, can erode the ability to function well in daily life. While some anxiety is normal when we face temporary stressful situations, prolonged worry and anxiety can have wide ranging effects on bodily systems and organs, as well as emotions, mood and behavior.

When the automatic stress response activates, the body is flooded with hormones that ramp up the systems necessary for survival. This elevates heart and blood pressure to circulate more energy throughout the body to prepare one to deal with an imminent challenge. At the same time, systems not necessary for immediate survival tamp down, hindering digestion, the immune response and the reproductive system. Worry and anxiety on a continual basis contribute to chronically elevated cortisol, which can profoundly impair health. Even short lived minor stress can have a harmful effect.

Numerous physical and emotional disorders are linked to stress. In addition to hypertension, increased susceptibility to infections, and a higher risk of depression, diabetes, heart attacks and stroke, the negative effects of stress can contribute to autoimmune diseases, irritable bowel, dermatitis, and degenerative neurological disorders. In short, the side effects of stress and its detriment to long-term physical health and emotional wellness are likely much worse than what you are worrying about. The ability to handle and manage stress can make all the difference in maintaining homeostasis and reducing the risk of stress-related illness.

While chronic stress can be highly unpleasant and even emotionally debilitating, we have evolved and adapted to deal with a certain amount of short-term stress. Stress responses are meant to be protective, not harmful. It’s only when stress becomes chronic that it negatively effects our wellbeing. Short-term stress can be a positive advantage, enhancing performance, giving one a competitive edge and building the enthusiasm to rise to a challenge. Stress is negative when its exceeds our ability to cope and overwhelms normal bodily functions. Contrarily, stress is positive when we can perceive a stressful situation as an opportunity that will lead to a good outcome.

As some stress is unavoidable, using stress to one’s advantage by managing reactions to situations that trigger it, can enhance overall wellbeing and result in feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment. Per the World Journal of Medical Sciences, there are important factors that help individuals view and respond positively to a stressful situation. This includes the belief in one’s ability to manage the stressor or task, the perception that one has power and control over the situation, and a mindset of hope, great expectations and a positive outlook on life. When used correctly, stress, or eustress, can have a positive impact on performance and productivity, and leave one feeling optimistic and energized as the body returns to a normal state of balance.

The understanding that worry is an indicator of the importance of a situation rather than a reason to panic can result in a more rational reaction to stress. Worrying limits the ability to think clearly, hindering one’s ability to focus on positive solutions. Viewing stress as a challenge rather than a threat allows one to bring forth more possibilities. Concentrating on the things one can control allows for concrete action that can begin to broaden one’s thought processes to overcome difficulties. Rather than worrying, focus on what matters most, and very importantly, respond accordingly.

Professional Supplement Center carries many fine quality products formulated to support a healthy stress response:

L-TheanineL-Theanine by Enzymatic Therapy™: This product supplies a clinical dose of Suntheanine®, a trusted and well regarded powerful amino acid that helps manage stress and promotes daily relaxation without diminishing alertness. Gluten, soy, dairy, yeast, preservative and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

 

PheniTropic™PheniTropic™ by Biotics® Research: This product supplies GABA, a naturally occurring inhibitory neurotransmitter that supports the natural relief of stress and anxiety, and may also aid restful sleep. Gluten free.

 

Stress ArrestStressArrest™ by Designs for Health: This synergistic formula delivers comprehensive support for relief of stress and anxiety with ingredients that include GABA, glycine, niacinamide, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. Non-GMO formulation.

 

Daily Stress FormulaDaily Stress Formula by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypo-allergenic all-encompassing formula provides a blend of botanicals and nutrients designed to provide synergistic support for mental relaxation while counteracting the metabolic effects of occasional stress. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

B-Complex Stress...B-Complex Stress Formula by Pioneer®: This comprehensive clinician-formulated product provides balanced support for stress relief with vitamins, minerals, herbs, and coenzymes delivered in appropriate ratios. Gluten free, vegetarian formulation.

References:
Stress Effects. https://www.stress.org/stress-effects/
Time to Worry About Worrying Too Much. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-risky-is-it-really/201112/time-worry-about-worrying-too-much
9 Stress Side Effects That Are Worse Than What You’re Worrying About. https://www.prevention.com/mind-body/side-effects-anxiety-and-stress-management-tips
How stress affects your health. http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress.aspx
Life Event, Stress and Illness. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3341916/
What is Positive Stress? http://stress.lovetoknow.com/about-stress/what-is-positive-stress
The Eustress Concept: Problems and Outlooks. http://www.idosi.org/wjms/11(2)14/6.pdf
Turning Stress into an Asset. https://hbr.org/2011/06/turning-stress-into-an-asset

 

Biospec Nutritionals – Featured Brand

BiospecNutritionals-Susan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Biospec Nutritionals manufactures scientifically-based products that support holistic health and wellness. As such, their formulas contain ingredients shown to address the specific metabolic factors responsible for the majority of chronic pain and diseases. Their highly concentrated nutraceuticals contain clinically effective doses to address common metabolic imbalances, including oxidative stress, systemic inflammation, poor digestion, hormone imbalance and more.

Biospec Nutritionals purchases only the finest quality raw materials from trusted sources, and all products are manufactured under strict GMP guidelines. All finished products are third party tested for potency and purity. Their mission remains to supply the highest quality nutritional formulas with an unwavering commitment to science, effectiveness, and the best possible outcomes.

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Mood EaseMood Ease: This highly specialized complex delivers targeted nutrients to support balanced serotonin and dopamine levels to help regulate mood, sleep, memory, and learning. Ingredients include therapeutic levels of 5-HTP and St. John’s Wort for neurotransmitter support, superior absorption B vitamins to support healthy neurological function, adaptogenic rhodiola root extract for increased energy, focus and stress protection, and magnesium glycinate, a highly soluble form of magnesium for enhanced nervous system function and calmness. Gluten free formulation.

Dysbi-EaseDysbi-Ease: This highly effective biological complex takes a natural approach to the treatment of dysbiosis by helping to eliminate harmful microbes and yeast in the digestive tract, thereby promoting healthy intestinal microbial balance. Ingredients include berberine sulfate, an effective antimicrobial, myrrh gum extract, a highly effective antibacterial agent, and calcium undecylenate, a well-tolerated antifungal. To maximize effectiveness, use in conjunction with a high-quality probiotic, such as Probiotic-5, to ensure heathy intestinal ecology. Vegetarian formulation.

Probiotic-5Probiotic-5: Probiotic-5 provides high potency, multi-strain beneficial organisms stabilized at 5 billion organisms per capsule. This very unique complex is designed to re-establish and promote healthy intestinal flora in support of a well-regulated digestive tract, reduced chronic and gastric inflammation, as well as immune and overall health. Probiotic-5 includes specific strains indicated for candida, IBS, and H. Pylori. Acid resistant capsules help ensure probiotics reach the intestinal tract. Vegetarian formulation.

Cholesterol CompleteCholesterol Complete: Highly rated by our customers, this specialized formula is designed to help manage overall serum cholesterol levels, promote an optimum balance between LDL and HDL cholesterol, and enhance healthy homocysteine metabolism. Unique ingredients help to promote healthy blood lipid levels and support healthy lipid metabolism. Vegetarian formulation.

Stress-Ease AM/PMStress-Ease AM/PM: This adrenal calming complex contains specific botanicals and nutraceuticals that have been shown to help rebalance adrenal hormones, balance neurotransmitters, reduce anxiety, and support restful sleep. Ingredients specifically address the HPA axis in individuals who have stress related anxiety or difficulty sleeping.  Vegetarian formulation.

 

Quantum Nutrition Labs- Featured Brand

QuantumNutritionLabsSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Quantum Nutrition Labs (QNL) was founded to help empower individuals to reach and enjoy optimum lifetime health. As such, Quantum strives to provide products that make good health possible. QNL was founded by Robert J. Marshall, PhD, CCN, DACBN, who began by intensively researching and seeking out genuine superior quality nutrients to combat his personal health challenges. As a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, as well as a Diplomate, American Clinic Board of Nutrition, Dr. Marshall worked in clinical practice for over 30 years. He conceived of QNL to launch a new class of high quality nutritional formulations designed to deliver quantum-state nutrients to support the health and function of various organs and glands of the body.

Quality ingredients, sourced from qualified suppliers worldwide, are chosen solely for excellence in terms of purity, potency and quantum-state resonance capacity. Rigorous state-of-the-art bioenergetic assessment and lab testing of all raw materials ensures ingredients of pristine quality. Manufactured in an FDA inspected facility under strict compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), QNL assures that their premium quality nutritional products meet the highest biochemical and bioenergetic standards. Quantum-state formulations are fermented using a unique probiotic culture that allows for rapid oral delivery with superior bioenergetic properties. All products are manufactured without added excipients or artificial ingredients.

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Glutathione SupportGlutathione Support: This vegan complex provides a bioavailable reduced form of glutathione, a master antioxidant recycler. Formulated to deliver effective broad-spectrum free radical protection, and provide nutritional support for immune and cellular mitochondrial health, this formula also supports Quantum-state liver detoxification. Excipient and artificial ingredient free, vegan formulation.

Lean KetoBlendLean KetoBlend: This quantum-state biocompatible formula is designed to support healthy weight management, lean body mass, and glycemic metabolism. The formula features green coffee bean extract, raspberry ketones, and bitter orange extract for advanced lipid metabolism and fatty acid oxidation, as well as additional botanicals for optimal nutritional support. Vegan formulation.

Max Stress B™Max Stress B™: Highly rated by our customers, Max Stress B™ is a unique probiotic-fermented high energy B vitamin complex that delivers advanced support for the liver, brain, adrenals, and immune and cardiovascular health. This formula provides additional support for balanced mood and energy levels. The one of a kind probiotic culture allows for rapid delivery for superior effects. Vegan formulation.

Heart-PG (Formerly...Heart-PG: This very popular Quantum-state formula delivers comprehensive support for the cardiovascular system. The formula provides heart protective probiotic-fermented nutrients micro-cultured under controlled conditions, and designed for rapid delivery for superior cardiovascular effects. Vegan formulation.

Immune Support, Q.Immune Support: This live-sourced, nutraceutical formulation provides Quantum-state immune and cardiovascular support with botanicals such as reishi extract, organic whole turkey tail mushroom, noni fruit, and Olea-Pro™, a premier olive leaf extract. Artificial ingredient free, vegan formulation.