Are you high strung or plagued with stress and anxiety on a daily basis? Living with anxiety can take a toll on people for many reasons. Did you know that G-Plans has an anti-anxiety supplement called Total Soothe? Whether your anxiety is chronic, or acute and situational, this supplement may be beneficial to you. Today we will discuss the key ingredients in this formula and break down why they can work so well for those who deal with anxiety.
GABA is a neurotransmitter that slows down signals in the brain, which produces a calming effect. People who have been found to have low levels of GABA often deal with anxiety disorders. Supporting your body’s ability to produce GABA, or supplementing it, can help bring a sense of calmness to your body.
Magnesium and Vitamin B6
B6 is involved in the body’s production of the neurotransmitters serotonin and GABA, which are both neurotransmitters that help you feel relaxed. So getting this extra B6 will help your body to produce enough of the neurotransmitters needed to keep you calm, cool, and collected throughout the day.
Magnesium is an essential mineral to humans and is involved in many mediators of the stress response. Magnesium and stress are like a two way street. Magnesium deficiency increases the body’s susceptibility to stress, while stress further depletes magnesium stores.
L-theanine is an amino acid that can help protect brain cells from damage caused by stress. L-theanine has been shown to induce alpha brain wave activity, which are the brian waves that your body produces when you are in a state of relaxation. This study concluded that, “Stress-related symptom scores decreased and cognitive function scores improved after four weeks of L-theanine administration.” There is no doubt that L-theanine is a powerful ingredient in our Total Soothe formula.
Skullcap and Lemon Balm
Skullcap and lemon balm are both herbs that fall into the category of nervines, which means they are herbs that support the nervous system. When we experience stress and anxiety, our sympathetic nervous system is activated. In contrast, when our parasympathetic nervous system becomes activated, we experience a state of relaxation, and anxiety lessens. Lemon balm and skullcap are both herbs that have been used for a long time to improve mood and promote relaxation. They can reduce stress hormones and relieve both physical tension and a worried mind. Lemon balm has also been shown to inhibit an enzyme that degrades GABA, meaning more is available to your body for longer.
Ashwagandha and Holy Basil
Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone.” Cortisol in and of itself isn’t bad, but prolonged high levels of cortisol can be a cause of anxiety symptoms. Ashwagandha and holy basil are known to be in a class of herbs called adaptogens. Adaptogens can help bring balance to your system, and are general tonics for the adrenal glands, which is where cortisol is produced. When you support your adrenal glands, you are supporting your body’s ability to handle stress.
How Chronic Stress Can Impact Weight Loss
There are many correlations to chronic stress and its effect on weight loss. Chronically high cortisol levels may negatively affect sleep, appetite, digestion, and lead to an inflammatory state within the body. All of these things can impact your weight loss goals. Getting your stress levels and your anxiety under control can help you tremendously on your weight loss journey.