Stress Symptom: Fatigue
For many patients, stress will lead to an overwhelming sense of fatigue. Patients will complain that they cannot get out of bed and need a nap during the day. The following supplements are adaptogens, a class of herbs that help the body fight stress by reducing the production of stress hormones that result in the fight-or-flight response. Adaptogens increase the body’s natural resistance to stress. The following prevent worsening fatigue and improve energy:
Rhodiola: Known throughout Europe, this tonic herb fights fatigue, decreases stress and improves energy. Most patients start at 170 mg per day.
Ashwaghanda (Indian Ginseng): Ashwaghanda helps the body to adapt to stress and is a common Ayurvedic remedy for stress. Standard dosing is 500 mg per day.
Stress Symptom: Disruption of the Menstrual Cycle
Finally, women should remember that chronic stress eventually impacts the menstrual cycle. B vitamins and magnesium, together, will help prevent the hormonal decline that results from chronic stress.
Creating a supplement plan individualized to treat your symptoms can help minimize the negative effects of stress. I always remind my patients that in stressful times, we should double or triple our self-care. Supplements are an important piece of self-care and can help stop stress from taking over your life.