Calm Day – are you having one? Everyday stressors can sometimes get the best of us. At times, we simply have too much on our plate and life can seem overwhelming. In previous blogs, we talked about physical and mental approaches to decreasing stress and improving our mind, body, and spirit. Did you know there is also a natural supplement that can help us feel better too? Let’s talk about a supplement called Calm Day!
Calm Day and the effects of stress
Stress is usually seen as bad. However, stress in small amounts can be good for us. When we feel pressure… it can help us achieve goals, stay motivated, and be productive. It is the stress that comes in large amounts that can cause us harm. Some common signs and symptoms associated with stress are:
- Increased anxiety/depression
- Poor/disrupted sleep
- Poor digestion (constipation or diarrhea)
- Muscle/joint pain
- Weight gain
- Skin abnormalities (dark spots, rashes, acne)
To understand the physical reactions to stress, it is important to understand what is happening within the body. Let’s start with something called a neurotransmitter. A neurotransmitter is a chemical that is released from one neuron (nerve cell), to another neuron, a muscle cell, or an organ cell. After many years of research, neurotransmitters have been found to be a direct link to the body’s management of stress. In order to support the proper balance of these neurotransmitters…vitamins and amino acids (makes proteins) are important as well!
Neurotransmitters impacted by Calm Day
Three of the biggest neurotransmitters discovered in research that need support when stress is high include Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonin, and dopamine.
GABA – an amino acid that works as a neurotransmitter in the brain. When GABA attaches to proteins within the brain, calming effects occur.
Serotonin – contributes to our happiness, satisfaction, and well-being. It also aids in sleep, pain, and inflammation.
Dopamine – a neurotransmitter that creates a feeling of pleasure and reward. It also helps us learn and remember facts and events.
Nutritional Frontier Calm Day
Here are Miller Sports & Family Chiropractic, we offer supplements to our patients through a reputable and reliable company, Nutritional Frontiers (NF). NF has researched stress and anxiety thoroughly. They have found nutrients and amino acids that will support the neurotransmitters listed above. Balancing the neurotransmitters, amino acids, hormones, and vitamins within the body allows us to manage stress better!
Let’s look at some of the components found within Calm Day, according to NF themselves.
- GABA – as mentioned above, creates a calming effect when attached to a protein within the brain. GAGA is not naturally found within a lot of foods, so supplementation is key!
- L-Taurine – produces a GABA like effect within the body. It has been found that when this is added with GABA, a better effect is produced!
- L-Glycine – promotes well-being and decreased anxiety. It can also improve sleep quality.
- L-Theanine – AKA Suntheanine, helps to promote relaxation.
- Vitamin B5 & B6 – helps support the production of neurotransmitters.
How To Take Calm Day
Calm Day comes in capsule form. The capsule is vegetarian friendly! As a dietary supplement, take 2 capsules 1-2 times daily. Of course, consult your health care provider if pregnant or nursing.
Chiropractic Care and Calming your Stress Levels
Along with taking a supplement to aid in stress and anxiety reduction, chiropractic manipulation can also help! Chiropractic manipulation eliminates the interference of communication between the body and the brain by directly affecting the nervous system. The nervous system can be broken down into two parts. “Fight or flight” is our sympathetic nervous system and “rest and digest” in our parasympathetic system. Chiropractic adjustments to certain areas of the spine can help activate the resting portion, creating a calming effect.
Miller Sports & Family Chiropractic Can Help
Ready to calm those nerves, reduce that anxious feeling, start sleeping better, and overall just feeling better? Contact us today! With chiropractic care, mental and physical advice to reduce stress, and supplementation with Calm Day… you will be on your way to navigating whatever stressors come your way!
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