Question: I lead a very hectic life. Between taking care of my family and my high-pressure job, I have found myself becoming extremely stressed and irritable and often even feeling like crying for no reason at times. I’m worried that I?m going to become sick or depressed if this carries on and have considered seeing my G.P. to discuss options. Before I do this though, I’d like to know about a natural stress reliever called Lumiday. I know it contains St. John’s Wort which I’ve heard is a good anti-depressant. Is it worth trying this brand’
Answer: There are a number of reasons that consumers may wish to try herbal, alternative remedies over prescription medications, but usually it is due to the fear of drug dependency or simply wanting to treat the symptoms naturally. Whatever the reason, it does appear that people are becoming more stressed in everyday life which, if unchecked, can certainly lead to low immunity and mood. While an over-the-counter remedy like Lumiday may not be the best choice for severe depression, it is designed to ‘lift’ the mood, relieving stress and anxiety. The product is also designed to help curb the cravings for carbohydrates and sugar that often accompany a depressed mood (and which results in a weight gain that can further depress the sufferer).
The natural anti-depressant St. John’s Wort is included in the Lumiday formula, but it is the inclusion of several other substances such as 5-HTP, L-Theanine, Ashwagandha root and Rhodiola Rosea that work synergistically with the herb to provide the overall relief. The main purpose of this and similar brands is to address the Serotonin imbalance. Serotonin is an essential part of feeling balanced, unstressed and happy, which is why a reduction in the substance leads to feelings of sadness. 5-HTP in particular is an important part of Serotonin production and is also combined in this formula with several B-vitamins to calm the nervous system.
A product such as Lumiday will take time to reach its full effect but should eventually return the user to a more balanced, less anxious feeling of well being. However, if depressed symptoms continue, it is advised that the consumer consults with a health care provider, as the problem may need professional treatment.
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