Stress is a massive part of our lives these days. It can majorly affect our memory, learning, and overall cognitive function.
But it doesn't have to be that way! While taking care of yourself and practicing good sleep hygiene is essential, sometimes you need extra help.
Did you know that supporting your adrenals during the day can improve your sleep at night?
Sleep is essential for effective cognitive functioning. In addition, when fatigue improves, motivation increases, and when motivation increases, focus improves!
Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Bacopa, Magnolia, and Phellodendron are adaptogenic herbs that support your adrenal function. When our adrenal glands are healthy and strong, we have more energy and a greater ability to cope with physical and mental stress.
The combination of two of these adaptogenic herbs, Magnolia and Phellodendron, has been shown in studies to reduce the effect of transient stress, including mental fatigue and support mood. These benefits are due to this combo’s ability to reduce cortisol levels.
You've heard of the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, but did you know that many bioactive compounds can help you achieve a state of mind that's focused, calm, and clear?
One of these is Quercetin!
Quercetin is a natural dietary flavonoid found abundantly in fruits and vegetables like onions and dark berries. In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, quercetin has been shown in mouse studies to improve memory and mood and reduce stress-induced cognitive dysfunction.
Another one is L-Theanine, found in green tea. L-theanine is an amino acid shown to decrease anxiety and improve mood as well as help with focus and concentration.
And finally, there's GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid).
GABA is a neurotransmitter that helps reduce stress and improve memory function by calming down your brain's activity level. This support from GABA’s effects can prevent us from overreacting when facing stressful situations.
So, if stress makes you feel like your brain isn't working right, it's time to give you the support you need!