Stress is the body’s way of responding to any kind of threat or demand. When danger is sensed the body’s defense mechanism kicks into high gear in a quick, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction. This occurs whether it is a real or imagined danger. (If a large animal attacks your child, you will either grab a weapon to attack it or you will grab your child and run as fast as possible!)
Besides being a way to protect us, stress is also a way to perform under demanding circumstances. This can be at work or at home where our body responds to stress to stay focused, alert, and energized to accomplish various tasks. In our modern and demanding lives we end up constantly operating in emergency mode and our mind and body pay the price. The more the stress system is activated, the easier it is to trigger and the harder it is to shut it off.
To complicate matters more, our nervous system isn’t very good at differentiating between physical and emotional threats. If you are stressed over a pile of bills, or an argument with a loved one, your body can react just as strongly as if you are faced with a life-or-death situation.
Given all of this our body ends up being in a heightened state of stress most of the time. That can lead to serious health problems. The adrenal glands secrete stress hormones including cortisol and adrenaline, which create a cascade of effects including a rush of energy, increased heart rate, and rising blood pressure. These hormones act as an emergency response to a temporary situation, subsiding to normal functioning when the event has passed.
The constant release of these hormones from chronic stress can disrupt nearly every system in your body. It can upset the digestive and reproductive systems, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, suppress the immune system, and speed up the aging process. Perhaps surprisingly, it can even rewire the brain, leaving you vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.
If you often find yourself frazzled and overwhelmed, it would be time to take action to bring your nervous system back into balance as I did a number of months ago. It was my wife who frequently said to me I needed to chill out, I needed to drink Adaptogens and I thought, “No, I’m fine” and I would say, “Maybe later”. But after a while, seeing how she was doing, I became more and more intrigued and decided to look it up. My wife doesn’t nag at me; if she finds something good she wants to share with people around her.
So I looked it up and here’s what it said: Adaptogens are defined as: “substances used in herbal medicine for the claimed stabilization of physiological processes”. That resonated with me since we’ve been drinking herbal teas and I saw my mother enjoy them for a long time. My interest was piqued and I decided to try it.
After making the decision to try ISAGENIX’s Ionix® Supreme it didn’t take me long to determine it is nature’s answer to stress. There is still stress in my life but I do feel that it helps my body better cope with the effects of stress. It contains a proprietary botanical concentrate (a nutrient-rich tonic) featuring a blend of Adaptogens designed to combat the negative effects of stress which can take a toll on the body and affect health. It helps balance and normalize the body’s systems and energizes cells to support faster post-exercise recovery as well as supports clarity and focus. It also contains antioxidants for combating free radicals to support healthy aging.*
I also find it very flexible and convenient as it can be used morning, afternoon, or evening or diluted and enjoyed throughout the day.
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*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.