Give Your Hormones A Gift -- Stress Free Holidays


Keeping Trim During the Holidays

Richard Shames, MD

The following "quick tips" have been the most successful suggestions I've used in all my 25 years of clinical practice.  Now, with the holiday upon us we sure can use some extra help to enjoy family and friends more gracefully.

What might be  quicker than spending 20 minutes twice a day in meditation?  What would be less grueling than 40 minutes 3x a week at the gym? and what would be more effective and less expensive than prescription tranquilizers?  You guessed it: Nutritional products to balance adrenal function.

Medically speaking, for many people, holiday (dis)stress is related to hormone imbalance of the adrenal gland.

If so, just treat the adrenal imbalance. Fortunately there are several extremely effective nutritional remedies.  To choose wisely, you first need to determine which of the four main types of adrenal stress is your personal style.

 If holiday stress mainly tends to make you:

  • "Wired" causing you to become agitated, tense and a bit shaky then your best herbs would be:
    Rehmannia and Schizandra.   Available from Xymogen as "SerenX" Formula.
  • "Worried" mainly causing you to ruminate constantly about what could go wrong then your best herbal formula would be
    Gaba and Magnesium and Selenium.  Available from Xymogen as "Mood Food ES" formula.
  • "Mentally fatigued" mainly causing you to lose focus, become forgetful and have trouble orgainising your thoughts.  You might best benefit from L-Carnitine and Folate.  Available from Xymogen as"Corticare B" formula.
  • "Physically tired" mainly causing you to feel dragged down, washed out, or weak after exertion.  Then your best choice for better adrenal balance would be
    Ginsing and Cordyceps.  Available from Xymogen in the "Adrenal Essence" formula.

Always use your own good judgement to pick the one category out of the above four that most closely describes your primary holiday stress.  You may purchase the appropriate loose herbs individually but many find it more effective and easier the order a brand name formula from a reliable viatmin company.  

Your holiday season can be far less stressful if you include a well-targeted adrenal support structure along with the egg nog and other holiday goodies.

Good luck and hearrtfelt best wishes to you and your loved ones.

Rich Shames, MD


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