THE PROBLEM: STRESS & CORTISOL
We all experience stress regularly, whether it comes from work, family, home or relationship issues. Our body’s reaction to stress manifests itself in many forms. While you may have determined the best way to mentally deal with a stressful situation, it’s the body’s physical response to stress that is often harder to control.
The reaction from anxiety, stress, anger or surprise causes the release of adrenaline. Adrenaline, in turn, prompts the release of cortisol. Cortisol has been labeled “the hormone of life” because, without it, our bodies would be unable to adapt to stress. However, when your body produces too much cortisol, over a long period of time, it can suffer significant negative effects.
Throughout human history, flight or flight instincts would stimulate the rush of adrenaline in our bodies. Today, things have changed a little. Depending on stimulants to get through the day, many of us are finding ourselves in a constant state of high anxiety and increased cortisol levels. This daily state of stress directly leads to adrenal exhaust and mitochondrial dysfunction, which can be seen through bags under one’s eyes. Adrenal exhaust is extremely common in today’s fast pace society.
Overproduction of cortisol can increase inflammation, elevate blood sugar, and fuel high blood pressure. Instead of converting protein and fatty acids into energy, cortisol directs everything to be stored as fat, making it difficult to lose or maintain a healthy weight.
Chronically elevated levels of cortisol decrease serotonin, affecting your memory, attention span, headaches, and sleep, leading to depression and anxiety. If elevated cortisol levels persist, they can damage the myelin sheath that protects the 60,000 miles of nerves in your body. Damage to this sheath leaves the nervous system inflamed and hyper-sensitive, allowing anything that travels the nervous system to manifest, such as the herpes family of viruses, psoriasis, eczema or shingles. Additionally, prolonged elevation of cortisol depletes DHEA, leading to hormonal imbalance in women and lack of testosterone production in men.
Although the triggers of elevated cortisol are often out of your control, Zuma Nutrition created a supplement to tackle the core of these symptoms and manage your body’s physical response - Stress Formula, powered by L-Theanine.
THE SOLUTION: L-THEANINE
L-theanine is a unique amino acid found in the green tea plant camellia sinensis. Just as adrenaline causes the release of cortisol, theanine acts as a precursor to dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is the second largest brain chemical (in terms of amount, not size), and plays a key role by preventing your brain from accessing adrenaline. Since the brain is unable to access adrenaline, cortisol release is restricted.
Not only does theanine prevent the body from elevating cortisol, but it rewards you by stimulating relaxing alpha waves in your brain. Now your brain can prioritize thoughts, improve concentration, and increase learning ability while you’re awake. At night, theanine helps your brain shut down, and allows you to get a better night’s sleep instead of racking your brain with a slew of problems. Although theanine can’t repair its’ effects, the amino acid can help alleviate anxiety and stress from adrenal exhaust.
Zuma Nutrition’s Stress Formula: L-Theanine was created to manage stress levels, improving sleep quality, improved focus and awareness, and protection from adrenal gland damage. It’s best to take our Stress Formula every four hours on an empty stomach to inhibit your body from accessing cortisol and stay stress-free.