The stress pandemic

Stress is an ever-increasing scourge on society. A recent Gallup survey highlighted that 190 million people experienced significantly higher stress in 2021 than in years past, with four in then adults (40%) experiencing stress. A number of societal factors and changes in how we now live contribute to this increase. These include; social media, poor nutrition, comparing ourselves to others, and lack of knowledge on stress-release mechanisms.

It’s important we recognise that the modern external environment is triggering and capable of generating heightened feelings of stress and anxiety. To combat this, it’s important to take individual steps to decrease stress through lifestyle and nutritional changes.

A healthy balanced diet is one freely available approach for helping prevent and manage stress and an approach which we strongly advocate. However in certain circumstances, when you are under periods of chronic stress it may be beneficial to complement your diet with food supplements that can act as the reset button, returning you to a balanced state. One widely used supplement is Ashwagandha.

What is it?

Ashwagandha is a herb native to India. It has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine to help relieve stress and anxiety. In recent years it has become very popular in Western society as a food supplement. It is classified as an adaptogen and is proven to help support the body from oxidative stress.

How does it work?

Ashwagandha appears to help control the mediators of stress including cortisol. It also reduces activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, a system that regulates the stress response.

Ashwagandha and CBD

Ashwagandha is a key ingredient in our award winning Balance CBD oil. It is combined with CBD to help support the body with stress and contributes to emotional balance. If you are someone looking to support your de-stress routine this is the product for you. Hear how its helped thousands of ethos customers across Ireland and the UK – product reviews.