It seems as though stress levels just keep on climbing year after year in our fact-paced world. Technology has made us accessible 24/7, and the world is getting faster and more intense every day. So, how is it possible that we, being only human, can keep up with the demands? Well, as we all know, it is a constant challenge. Rates of existing and new chronic illnesses are on the rise with every passing year, and sometimes it feels that there aren’t tons of things we can control. But luckily for us, our health is one of the most important things we have control over. And even luckier for us, there are some natural treasures that can help us deal with the world when stresses are high and we just can’t keep up.
My #1 go-to supplement when the world is kicking my butt and I just can’t keep up with the physical and mental demands is my best friend GABA! Its full name is Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, and although it is chemically an amino acid produced in the body, its chief function is acting like an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. In simple speak, this means that GABA regulates the excitability of our nervous system response, acting to basically disconnect our mind from mental stress and anxiety. In my own experience of particularly stressful and overwhelming times, I find that GABA really helps to take the edge off when you feel like your nerves just can’t take a minute more.
Now, you may be wondering if it’s alright to take GABA on a regular basis during a stressful period - and it is! As GABA is naturally produced in our bodies, we are well acquainted with its actions, and taking it in excess of what our body makes is perfectly acceptable. Daily dosages for GABA range from 200-1000mg per day depending on the need. I would highly recommend spending a few extra bucks on a good brand, as it can – literally – make all the difference.
So, when your life seems a bit out of control and you need a little mental vacation, pop a GABA before bed or whenever you need to take a breath throughout the day. Although some of us are more sensitive than others, I feel GABA’s smooth effect within minutes.
So, make room in your bathroom cupboard, GABA’s coming to stay!