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Stress & Energy  by Robert Levert

"Stress is the spice of life" says Dr. Hans Selye, the world-famous Canadian pioneer of stress research, in his book Stress Without Distress. Without it you would be a vegetable - or dead. Then why can stress be destructive, causing ulcers, heart disease, and so many other ailments of modern society?

First of all, what is stress? Stress is a response to any type of demand made on the body, whether physical, mental, social, or emotional. Stress is caused by bad things as well as good things in your life. Stress is linked to a host of ailments and can make your immune system more vulnerable to other illnesses. When the adrenal glands are chronically stimulated by the body's reaction to stress, the long-term results are often immune, hormone, and digestive system depletion, as well as high blood pressure.

According to Dr. Selye's extensive research, stress results from a stimulus that requires a response or 'adaptation' to the way we perform, think, or feel. Consequently, taking 'adaptogen' herbs helps your body 'adapt' to stress. They often calm the mind and help your endocrine system function more effectively. Siberian ginseng is the prototype of the 'adaptogenic' agent as conceived by Dr. Selye.

Siberian ginseng is an excellent herbal tonic that can help pull you back together after a stressful period or keep you going through the rough times. Siberian ginseng increases a person's ability to 'adapt' to changes in the environment; in other words, it builds up the body's ability to resist stress effects. It acts as a tonic to the adrenal glands to help them conserve vitamin C, and serves as a tonic to the entire glandular system, thus saving energy. Avoid taking this herb just before bed, because it can keep you awake.

Chamomile, passion flower and hops are among the safest and most effective herbs to use to gently calm your nerves and ease stress. Fortunately, you can find all three of them in STR-J, along with fennel, marshmallow, and feverfew. This herbal combination is also known for its mild sedative effect which relieves anxiety, excitability, and nervous tension.

Since stress takes a toll on your energy levels, Stress Formula not only helps reduce the negative effects's of stress upon the body, but aids in energy production. Stress Formula contains vitamin C, B-complex vitamins in a base consisting of schizandra fruit, an 'adopten' herb, hops, passion flower, and valerian, all three known as nervine tonics. Vitamin C enhances adrenal gland function when under stress, promotes the production of antistress hormones, and fights free radicals produced by stress. The B-complex vitamins are always helpful because your body utilizes more of these B vitamins when under stress.

ENERG-V, as its name suggests, is an energy-enhancing formula. It improves stamina and vitality, enhances digestion, reduces nervous tension, strengthens glandular function, and increases immunity. ENERG-V contains two 'adaptogen' herbs, Siberian ginseng and schizandra. Gotu kola and licorice in this herbal combination enhance energy and aid in stressful times. Barley grass, bee pollen, capsicum, kelp and rose hips are great sources of nutrients improving athletic performance and promoting overall well-being together with the other herbs in this formula.

Target Endurance is a unique formula designed for those exposed to physically- demanding activity. It contains a special blend of vitamins, chelated minerals and herbs which provide nutrients that help increase endurance and stamina and maintain peak energy levels. It is ideal for anyone looking to boost their energy metabolism on a cellular level, improve circulation, and increase their body's ability to handle stress and strenuous activity. Target Endurance is 100% caffeine-free.

(coenzyme Q10) is a vitaminlike substance which plays a critical role in the production of energy in every cell of the body. It increases tissue oxygenation, aids circulation, and stimulates the immune system. CoQ10 is most important in organs which need a large supply of energy, particularly the heart and liver, as well as the immune system. It is a powerful antioxidant, protecting healthy cells and strengthening cell membranes. Studies show CoQ10 improves heart functioning and increases energy.

According to Dr. Peter Hanson, author of The Joy of Stress, stress can be fantastic, or it can be fatal. So before things get out of hand, get your hands on Nature's Sunshine products and feel the "spice of life" again.

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