Is it possible to control stress and lose weight at the same time? Relora may seem to be the solution. This supplement has so many consumers heading to the drugstore or hopping online that manufacturers are stepping up production to meet the demands. That relora has been mentioned by Dr. Mehmet Oz on his show, "Dr. Oz," is no coincidence.
What is relora?
Relora is a natural supplement taken to relieve stress. It comes from the barks of two plants, the Magnolia officinalis and the Phellodendron amurense. These plants are native to China and are essential herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Magnolia bark is used to treat a variety of ailments including menstrual cramps, indigestion, cough and asthma. The phellodendron, or "huang bai" in Chinese, has wide-ranging antibacterial and antiviral properties, especially for infections in the lower parts of the body.
What does relora do?
Relora became popular in the Western world for its effectiveness in relieving anxiety, stress and depression. The polyphenols in the magnolia bark and the phytochemicals in the phellodendron combine to help promote relaxation and balance moods. Relora reduces stress by controlling the level of cortisol in the body and suppressing its over-production. By regulating the secretion of this anxiety-generating hormone, tension and mental pressure are lessened. Being stress-free helps individuals feel in control and therefore, be more productive.
The cortisol-stress-weight gain connection
The 2010 Stress in America survey found the link between stress and obesity is significant. Overweight or obese Americans felt more stressed than their normal-weight counterparts leading to additional weight gain.
Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the body’s adrenal glands. In normal quantity, cortisol supports the function of important bodily processes such as the metabolism of fats, protein and carbohydrates, blood pressure levels and normal blood sugar production. Slight increases of cortisol produce positive effects such as a boost in energy, enhanced memory and increased immunity.
Cortisol is also commonly called the “stress hormone” because there is an increase in its secretion during stressful situations, such as in the “fight or flight” response. The “fight or flight” response, the body’s automatic reaction to a perceived threat , is a type of survival technique necessary to combat stress. The relaxation response brings cortisol back to its normal level. However, in a continuous state of stress, the stress response remains at its highest level, producing chronic stress.
Chronic stress can lead to a number of illnesses, foremost among them cardiovascular diseases and obesity. The distinguishing mark of cortisol-induced obesity is its tendency to accumulate excessive fat around the waist, called visceral fat. Visceral fat and its presence has been linked to anxiety and depression, mental states related to chronic stress.
Overeating, especially foods that are high in sugar and fat, is a common coping mechanism for stress. No matter the scale of the stressful event or the cause, eating comfort foods like pizza and ice cream provides a temporary mood lift. When unhealthy eating becomes a pattern, weight gain follows, leading to obesity.
Why take relora?
With studies in the United States showing people feel they are more stressed now than ever, it’s no wonder that one third (33.8 percent) of the adult population are obese, having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more and 34.2 percent are overweight, with a BMI ranging from 25 to 29.9.
Considering 44 out of 100 Americans feel their stress levels have increased in the past five years, food supplements like Relora become extremely helpful. It can also be used as a sleep aid, reduce irritability and tension, and treat allergies and asthma.
Take 750 mg of relora daily, divided into two or three doses and feel the frazzled nerves and tension slip away. Some users reported relora also suppressed their appetites, although this might also be a side effect of being stress-free. There have been no reported negative reactions reported, with the most common side effects being drowsiness, which passed after two days of taking relora, and mild hypotension (a decrease of 5 mmHG in systolic blood pressure).
With the figures for obesity nearing epidemic proportions, millions are looking for a way to relieve stress. Relora may be the two-in-one answer to having a fit and healthy mind and body.
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About The AuthorDr. Matt Marturano, ND is a licensed naturopathic physician and received his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and also has a dual Bachelor of Science in Biology and Philosophy from the University of Michigan. In addition, Dr. Marturano currently is a member of the Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is the Director of Recruitment - Integrative Medicine for Orchid Holistic Search.
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