Summer is upon us and while this is the time for lazy vacation days, balmy backyard BBQ’s and relaxing in the sunshine, all of our plans may seem currently dimmed a bit as we adjust to the “new normal” in COVID-19’s shadow. It’s ok to admit that it’s not the summer we imagined back in winter and to be honest about the general low (or high) levels of anxiety we’re all facing. If you’re struggling with stress and tension as you try to make the best of the sunny days ahead, here is a list of 5 super nutrients that can help take the edge off and supplement your diet with health-boosting good stuff.
1. CBD Oil
Benefits of CBD oil include relieving pain, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome and hyperactivity all the way to soothing anxiety, depression and insomnia. The best thing about CBD is you can use it as you need it and the calming effects work within minutes.
Don’t be reluctant to try CBD oil even though it’s derived from cannabis. It’s safe to consume, completely legal and doesn’t have the same effects as cannabis.
One of our favorite CBD tinctures is Balance Organic CBD Oil from woman-owned California brand, Sacred Beauty. Just use a few drops under your tongue or add to a beverage.
We can talk all day about the magic of magnesium (seriously, we are the BIGGEST fans) but Magnesium’s role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters like serotonin make it a slam dunk nutrient to treat stress. In fact, people who suffer from anxiety and depression are usually shown to be deficient in magnesium. Americans are becoming increasingly more deficient in this mineral due to processed foods and over farming so it's more important than ever to supplement your intake.
Magnesium-rich foods include kelp, almonds, cashews and molasses. Other good options are green leafy vegetables, peanuts, coconut, brown rice, dried fruits and avocado. To absorb magnesium through the skin, try taking an epsom salt bath (aromatherapy candles, music and soft lighting optional) and get the added benefit of the best night’s sleep of your life.
Or try a topical magnesium product like our natural Recovery Balms from Peace Love Rally. No bath required (though always encouraged).
3. Green Tea
The super nutrient L-theanine is an amino acid mainly found in tea (black and green) and it helps encourage relaxation and calmness, as well as supporting deeper sleep and lowering blood pressure by decreasing cortisol levels. You can buy L-theanine supplements but the additional antioxidants in green tea make it our favorite source. Also, note that matcha green tea contains up to five times as much L-theanine as regular green tea.
Mix cold brew matcha powder from Matcha Ninja with your favorite plant-based milk and a touch of honey for a delicious iced matcha latte that gives you natural energy while reducing stress.
4. Vitamin B
B Vitamins are often recommended during times of stress and anxiety, low energy or depression. These include; folic acid and B6, which helps with dopamine and serotonin production, B3 for energy production, B1 for optimal nerve function and metabolism, and B5 for the conversion of serotonin to melatonin so you can sleep easier. You can increase your B-vitamins by adding more nuts, wholegrains, and brown rice to your diet but a supplement is a great way to make sure you're hitting your RDIs.
Ritual makes a multivitamin we love for women that includes vitamin B12 and magnesium. Perfect combo for creating calm.
Ginseng has long been recognised for helping with brain function, energy levels, and lifting mood – perfect for anxious minds. This adaptogenic herb can help clear the head, enhance memory and support us when our energy levels are down during times of stress. Other great adaptogens include Ashwagandha and Rhodiola to help further soothe anxiety.
Power Dust from Moon Juice is a powerhouse blend of Cordyceps, Ginseng, Ashwagandha & Rhodiola that targets stress to support stamina, recovery, and a healthy immune system.
*Photo by Steve Freling of Motor Oomph