Top Ten Ways to Reduce Stress


1. Cordycepts are a therapeutic fungus found at the high altitudes in China and are one of the most valued medicinal fungi in Chinese medicine.  Research dating back to 1843 suggests the use of cordyceps to help strengthen and rebuilding the body after exhaustion or long term illness.  It is used by athletes to rebuild after a heavy workout. 

2. Ashwangandha known as a classic rejuvenating herb in Indian medicine, ashwagandha has been shown to enhance adaptability to both physical and chemical stress.  For instance, mice pretreated with ashwagandha and subjected to physical stress showed increased endurance, it can prevent stress induced ulcers.

  1. Ginseng is greatly valued as a tonic, a substance that acts to normalize body function and biochemistry. According to traditional Chinese medicine the individual who will benefit from Ginseng is overwhelmed and exhausted. 

  1. Bladderwrack (seaweed) is a nutrient that provides a natural source of iodine which is required for the synthesis of T4 in the thyroid gland. Stress hinders the proper function of this metabolic regulator, the thyroid.  Research suggests that high levels of stress affects the synthesis of thyroid hormone T4 and T3 causing, weigh gain, fatigue, depression, irritability, memory loss, and possible heart failure.


  1. B12 is also important in maintaining the nervous system. Nerves are surrounded by an insulating fatty sheath comprised of a complex protein called myelin. B12 plays a vital role in the metabolism of fatty acids essential for the maintenance of myelin. Prolonged B12 deficiency can lead to nerve degeneration and irreversible neurological damage.

  1. AVOID CAFFEINE: Caffeine is something many people in America and Europe are used to bringing in their daily lives. Though many studies have shown that this addictive stimulant can help produce symptoms of anxiety, insomnia and the like. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, many sodas and even certain medications. Always ask your doctor about a medication before using it. Also, ask the doctor if there is an alternative medication if your medicine contains caffeine.

  1. REDUCE YOUR PROCESSED AND REFINED FOODS INTAKE: Processed food can rob your food of nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to fight off stress and promote good health. Try to buy whole foods, unprocessed foods and try and stay away from "instant" foods, preservatives, artificial flavors, saturated fat and MSG.

  1. REDUCE YOUR SUGAR INTAKE: Too much sugar can rob our body of essential nutrients. Yet, don't be so fast as to replace the sugar with artificial sweeteners; they too can cause anxiety as well as other health concerns.

  1. Folic Acid: Folic Acid (required for energy production) is considered brain food. The brain needs it to work properly. It helps to prevent anxiety and fatigue. Folic acid works best when combined with vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. Much research has indicated that a deficiency of folic acid may include depression, insomnia, anorexia, forgetfulness, hyperirritability, apathy, fatigue and anxiety. You can find Folic Acid in the following foods: Whole grain breads -Fortified cereals -Dried peas- Dried beans -Leafy vegetables- Fruit. Most multivitamin complexes contain folic acid. 

  1. Dandelion Tea: Dandelion leaves have been shown to release stress and promote relaxation. They help you let go of irrational fears and promote trust in yourself. They have been known to ease muscle tension and help backaches. Dandelion acts like nature's B complex. It is nutritious and boosts your digestive system as well.

To Your Health; 
Professor Drew
Founder/Director
New York Institute of Herbal Medicine & Nutrition