How do you feel at the end of the day – do you ‘switch off’ and spend some much needed time with the family or do you carry on working until late, persuading yourself to push even further and work harder?

A minimum of 60% of all diseases can be traced back to chronic stress and its ability to affect every cell in the body. Stress is actually caused by chemical reactions within the body that if left unchecked, can form illnesses and deadly diseases.

Many of the common symptoms associated with chronic stress include muscle tension or pain, stomach upsets, feelings of restlessness, chest pain, lowered sex drive, fatigue, lack of motivation, insomnia, depression, social withdrawal, overeating/undereating, drug and/or alcohol abuse amongst others.

The stress reaction is dealt with in the body in the same way, regardless of its cause. When it comes to feeling stressed, there are generally four parts to this process:

1. The brain receives an alarm, or a potential threat.
2. The amygdala portion of the brain that makes the decision sends this message to the hypothalamus.
3. The hypothalamus then releases adrenalin and cortisol, two stress hormones into the blood.
4. Adrenalin makes the heart beat faster, pumping more blood into muscles, incase the body needs to run. The cortisol boosts blood sugar levels so that the body has food needed to deal with the situation.

Primarily our bodies are designed to deal with short-term stress. There is some evidence to suggest that short-term stress can improve the immune system’s functioning, enhancing health in the process. Stanford University professors believe that acute stress may improve the immune system, enhancing health, but the problem occurs when the body is in a consistent state of stress and it doesn’t return to normal.

Every single organ in the body is affected by stress including the immune system, digestive system, muscles, brain, heart, libido and reproductive system. Therefore, it’s in your best interests to learn to relax and relieve stress on a daily basis if you want to achieve good health.

How You Can Release Stress

Regular exercise, plenty of rest, meditation and following a healthy diet are good ways to relieve stress and achieve an improved sense of wellbeing. However, 21st century living can be overwhelming and many of us are increasingly finding it difficult to find time for ourselves, let alone relax.

By following a healthy lifestyle and supplementing with the right nutrients, it’s possible to reduce stress and find peace. Relaxwell® is a powerful super nutrient formula that can provide support for stress relief, promoting healthy sleep patterns, effective relaxation and healthy cortisol levels. It can also support healthy skin and nerves.

Relaxwell® contains L-Tryptophan, L-Theanine, Vitamins B3 and B6 and is especially designed to combat stress and restlessness, particularly during times of mental or physical demands. For best results for a full night’s sleep, it’s recommended to take 2 capsules, 30 minutes before going to sleep to manage stress and helping to keep you asleep. For stress and anxiety, take 1 capsule in the morning, 1 at lunchtime and 1 at bedtime to produce effective all day relaxation.