STRESS: MANAGE IT BEFORE IT MANAGES YOU

December 03, 2017

STRESS: MANAGE IT BEFORE IT MANAGES YOU

We know all too well how draining work or study can be, especially if you work a high-stress job, study late or are putting in long hours doing both. To make matters worse, many business professionals and students find themselves in the predicament of sitting indoors under artificial light behind a computer all day.

This can become a very toxic environment that can add body fat, slow lean muscle development, reduce sex drive (libido), prevent quality sleep, lower energy and set the scene for future chronic diseases like type II diabetes. So, you can’t quit your job, or your studies. Then how do we best manage these side effects?

It’s easy – learn more!!

 

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It goes without saying that these circumstances make performing at your best mentally and physically quite challenging. Sure, you might be able to keep it up for a short stint, but eventually your body (particularly the adrenal glands) won’t be able to sustain the demands (not without some help, at least).

 

Add to this the role of parenting and the demands of family life, and stress just reached defcon 1. Moreover, considering how competitive the job market is, performing poorly can drastically increase your risk of being fired or not even hired in the first place. Thus, any advantage you can employ to optimise your work or study performance is prudent.

 

This makes people putting in those 12-hour shifts ponder what they should be doing in terms of diet and supplementation to reduce stress and optimise their cognitive function to excel in their environment.

 

For most people, the simple solution is to chug back several coffees in the early morning and again in the mid-afternoon.  Unfortunately, the caffeine in coffee merely acts as a band-aid; not to mention caffeine has a relatively short half-life and the effects wear off long before your work day is finished.

 

Given this, we are going to break down the key stress-reducing ingredients in the most effective solution for optimal mental and physical performance - ADRENAL SWITCH™.

 

The Importance of ADRENAL SWITCH™ for Business Professionals and Students

When ADRENAL SWITCH™ was formulated there was one goal in mind: finding ingredients that are clinically proven to support adrenal function and reduce the impact that stress has on our body. If you’re not familiar with the adrenal glands, they are small endocrine glands that lie above your kidneys, the main function of the adrenal glands is to produce hormones, especially “stress hormones.”

 

Stress hormones are so-named because they are secreted in response to stresses placed on your body. These hormones include cortisol (glucocorticoids), glucagon and catecholamines (such as adrenaline).

 

Arguably the most important stress hormone is cortisol, which is the primary glucocorticoid in humans and essential for our survival.  However, like with many other hormones, when your body produces too much (or too little) cortisol a multitude of complications arise.

 

If you are constantly under stress from working long hours (and relying on caffeine all day), chances are your cortisol levels are sky-high. The main ramification of chronically elevated cortisol is catabolism. This term is used to describe the breakdown of tissue throughout the body (especially skeletal muscle) to provide you with energy. Furthermore, during periods of extensive malnourishment (not eating a micronutrient dense diet), cortisol initiates the process of gluconeogenesis (creating new glucose from other substrates).

 

This is why ADRENAL SWITCH™ contains both L-Leucine and L-Glycine, which act to turn on muscle protein synthesis and switch off muscle protein breakdown, respectively.

 

But that’s not all ADRENAL SWITCH™ contains…

 

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) has been used in traditional and modern medicine due to many research-backed benefits, especially anti-stress and neuroprotective effects.[1] Ashwagandha is classified as an adaptogen, meaning it helps you tolerate and “adapt” to both physical and mental stress.

Ashwagandha is abundant with therapeutic compounds, particularly choline, alkaloids and steroidal lactones (such as withanolides). Research demonstrates that supplementing with ashwagandha can decrease cortisol levels by as much as 32% and reduce feelings of anxiety significantly.[2] Even better, ashwagandha has been shown to increase testosterone levels in healthy males by as much as 400% when compared to placebo treatment.[3] Women shouldn’t be concerned about this as adaptogens (like ashwagandha) are great at helping regulate your hormonal response. This means your hormones will return to what is normal for you. Plus, testosterone is important for men and women to increases energy, vitality, and motivation; similarly, by decreasing cortisol and helping you adapt to on-the-job stresses, ashwagandha is the gold standard of adaptogens. Most research suggests that 300mg daily of high-concentration ashwagandha root extract confers significant benefits. Therefore, ADRENAL SWITCH™ contains an above-clinical dose (335mg) of high-concentration ashwagandha per serving, providing 4.5% withanolides. 

 

L-Theanine

If you’re like most business professionals and students, chances are you start your day with a cup of joe (coffee). As such, L-theanine is exactly what you need to maximise your productivity and mitigate the jittery feelings from caffeine. L-theanine is an amino acid found naturally in green tea leaves that works synergistically with caffeine by attenuating (take the edge off) and extending its stimulatory effects.[4]

L-theanine also works to increase your alpha brainwave activity, which creates a calm and collected cognitive state.[5] For this reason, you will notice that L-theanine keeps you alert, yet relaxed and your able to make better decisions and think clearer. L-Theanine has also been shown to improve short term to long term memory recall. It is postulated to work by helping you reach a deeper state of sleep for longer. In deep sleep your body restores memories better and repairs your body’s cells physically due to Human Growth Hormone (HGH) release. If you’re putting in those lengthy hours, L-theanine is a no-brainer (particularly if you work in a high-stress environment).

Research confirms that 100mg of L-theanine per day is an effective dose for attenuating stress and increasing cognitive function, which is the amount found in one scoop of ADRENAL SWITCH™. Higher doses may keep you awake where as 100mg tends to be more calming, but not sedative.

 

Magnesium Citrate

Magnesium is arguably the most important mineral in humans, being a cofactor in over 300 known metabolic reactions. Cofactors are essential for proteins to work properly as they assist enzymes and other peptides to carry out their functions. In fact, magnesium helps with the transfer of Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP) for energy in every cell of the body. So, if you don’t have enough magnesium you will never have the high levels of energy you desire.

Sadly, the decreasing quality of whole foods and emphasis on micronutrient-devoid processed foods has led to many people being magnesium deficient (over 75% of sedentary and closer to 99% of active individuals). Hypomagnesemia (magnesium deficiency) is not something to be taken lightly either, as it can lead to muscle weakness, insulin resistance, cramps, malaise, constipation, twitching and cramps.

Moreover, research suggests that lack of magnesium in the body increases feelings of anxiety and makes you more prone to stress (obviously not a good thing for those working long hours).[6] Thankfully, supplementing with magnesium has been shown to rapidly ameliorate the negative ramifications of hypomagnesemia.[7]

Magnesium comes in a variety of supplemental forms and is especially well-absorbed when bound to citric acid (as magnesium citrate). Unlike ADRENAL SWITCH™, many magnesium supplements include only the most inferior form of magnesium, called magnesium oxide, which is less than 3% bioavailable (meaning very little of it gets put to use in your body).2

 

Vitamin C

If you’re busy at the office or lecture theatre all day and don’t get much fruit and vegetables in your diet, chances are you’re lacking vitamin C. Thankfully, ADRENAL SWITCH™ contains plenty of vitamin C to help support immune function, control cortisol secretion, and reduce oxidative stress, all of which are imperative for overall health and performance.

Research has shown that as little as 250mg of vitamin C per day (one scoop of ADRENAL SWITCH™) can significantly reduce cortisol levels, especially in active individuals.[8] Not only that, but studies also demonstrate that people who consume adequate vitamin C are at less risk of infection, meaning you won’t miss as many work or study days due to illness.[9]

 

Best Ways to Use ADRENAL SWITCH™ on the job or at school

- If you start your work day with a cup of coffee, consume one scoop of ADRENAL SWITCH™ along with it or if you have the new chocolate ADRENAL SWITCH you might even like to add it to your black coffee to make the most amazing mocha! 

- If you do not drink coffee, consume one scoop of ADRENAL SWITCH™ with breakfast or after morning exercise.

- We also recommend consuming one scoop of ADRENAL SWITCH™ prior to bed every night. It will help your body and mind switch off and get a great night’s sleep.

 

Of course, you should also be following a healthy diet and exercise program to get the most out of your mental and physical performance. Not sure how to eat right? CLICK HERE to grab your FREE Supplement and Meal Plan Guide instantly!

 

We also highly recommend trying out KETO SWITCH™ in combination with ADRENAL SWITCH™ if you want to maximise your cognitive function and boost energy levels while you’re clocking the long hours.

 

If you want to learn more about the myriad of benefits of exogenous ketones and KETO SWITCH™ formula, be sure to check out the KETO SWITCH™ FAQs page!

 

Switch Nutrition Disclaimer: The above article is merely a guide and opinion. It is in no way a recommendation or a treatment protocol for any health conditions or diseases. You should always consult with a qualified health care provider before changing your supplement, training or nutritional strategy. Supplementation should only be attempted by pregnant or breastfeeding women, anyone on prescription medication or children under the age of 15 when advised and monitored by your qualified health care provider.

 

 

[1] Chen, L. X., He, H., & Qiu, F. (2011). Natural withanolides: an overview. Natural Product Reports, 28(4), 705-740.

[2] Chandrasekhar K, Kapoor J, Anishetty S. A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults. Indian J Psychol Med. 2012;34:255–62.

[3] Wankhede, S., Langade, D., Joshi, K., Sinha, S. R., & Bhattacharyya, S. (2015). Examining the effect of Withania somnifera supplementation on muscle strength and recovery: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 12(1), 43.

[4] Juneja, L. R., Chu, D. C., Okubo, T., Nagato, Y., & Yokogoshi, H. (1999). L-theanine—a unique amino acid of green tea and its relaxation effect in humans. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 10(6), 199-204.

[5] Kobayashi, K., Nagato, Y., Aoi, N., Juneja, L. R., Kim, M., Yamamoto, T., & Sugimoto, S. (1998). Effects of L-theanine on the release of alpha-brain waves in human volunteers. Nippon Nogeikagaku Kaishi, 72(2), 153-157.

[6] Sartori, S. B., Whittle, N., Hetzenauer, A., & Singewald, N. (2012). Magnesium deficiency induces anxiety and HPA axis dysregulation: modulation by therapeutic drug treatment. Neuropharmacology, 62(1), 304-312.

[7] Itoh, K., Kawasaki, T., & Nakamura, M. (1997). The effects of high oral magnesium supplementation on blood pressure, serum lipids and related variables in apparently healthy Japanese subjects. British Journal of Nutrition, 78(5), 737-750.

[8] Peters, E. M., Anderson, R., Nieman, D. C., Fickl, H., & Jogessar, V. (2001). Vitamin C supplementation attenuates the increases in circulating cortisol, adrenaline and anti-inflammatory polypeptides following ultramarathon running. International journal of sports medicine, 22(07), 537-543.

[9] Nieman, D. C., Peters, E. M., Henson, D. A., Nevines, E. I., & Thompson, M. M. (2000). Influence of vitamin C supplementation on cytokine changes following an ultramarathon. Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research, 20(11), 1029-1035.





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