With the summer upon us, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out and well, just too busy! Today’s post is a little stress hack to help you not only deal with stress, but also keep you alert and focused for increased productivity throughout your day. There is one supplement that can do all of this, L-theanine!
L-Theanine, is a natural amino acid, not readily available in our diet that can help with mental focus, alertness, reduced anxiety, and deeper sleep. It has also shown beneficial for cardiovascular health support and memory and cognition. Found in most teas (most notable, green tea) it can help stimulate GABA, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and reduce anxiety.
It is unique that it can be taken at both ends of your day for the same benefit. Research suggests 100-200mg per dose up to 3x per day. More is not more with this, as higher doses at one time can have the opposite effect.
Supercharge it for day & night!
AM - Take with your morning coffee (powder or pill form) to decrease jitters from caffeine and increase focus and alertness.
PM - Take with melatonin 1-2 hours before bed for more restful sleep.
Supplements by themselves are not magic bullets and cannot not undo an unhealthy lifestyle, but they CAN add support, hence the name “supplement” to supplement your already healthy lifestyle. They should be used wisely and in coordination with your health & medical history, lifestyle, and wellness goals. Most require a minimum of a couple weeks to a month for full effect. ALWAYS talk to your doctor before adding any supplement.
Don’t take L-theanine if you already have low blood pressure or are on blood pressure medication
L-theanine can interfere with stimulants
BONUS: Here are 5 more supplements known for combating the effects of stress:
Ashwaganda - an adaptogenic herb used in Ayurvedic medicine for many hears. Adaptogenic herbs work to adapt to your hormone response, giving your body more of what it needs, this one is mostly known for supporting stress hormones and thyroid function.
Rhodiola - Another adaptogen, this one helps to boost brain power, burn fat, and increase energy, while reducing fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
Valerian Root - Mostly known as a sleep aid, like L-theanine it can increase GABA levels, usually better tolerated 1-2 hours before bed.
Vitamin B - B vitamins provide nervous system support and keep your energy high to combat the effects of stress in your body.
Magnesium - Another GABA booster, magnesium supports muscles and nerves while helping to also regulate cortisol (stress hormone) levels.
*This is for information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice, always speak to your physician before adding supplements to your diet.