Stop the Stress Cycle: Adaptogens to the Rescue!

DrJosselson_HeadshotAre you constantly stressed? Do you rely on caffeine to get through your day? In today’s busy, fast-paced world, this is not uncommon. For many, an intensely busy life symbolizes success; however, chronic stress can lead to serious health consequences. Symptoms that may manifest, such as insomnia, heart palpitations, anxiety, digestive issues, headaches, and severe fatigue can all be related to stress overload.

“Certain herbs called adaptogens can help provide support when you’re feeling stressed,” says Melissa Josselson, ND—a naturopathic doctor who owns a private practice in New Jersey and also works closely with the Res-Q Natural Supplements brand. “Whether it’s everyday tension, a chronic illness, or an acute stressful situation, such as a job loss or death of a loved one, adaptogens can help you feel more calm and focused. They can also help with physical stressors like poor diet, lack of sleep, and exposure to toxins.”

Adaptogens work behind the scenes to help heal your body of damage caused by both physical and emotional stress, including things like inflammation, hormonal imbalance, and adrenal fatigue. Adaptogenic herbs increase our resistance to stress by exerting a normalizing effect on the body, which in turn allows the body’s natural restoration process to happen. Some adaptogenic herbs are more effective than others. Here are some of Dr. Josselson’s favorites:

Withania (Ashwagandha)

  • Promotes adrenal recovery*
  • Helpful in convalescence after acute illness or stress as well as chronic disease with inflammation*
  • Helps restore normal sleep patterns*
  • Supports the immune system*


  • Natural stress reliever*
  • Increases serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine*
  • Useful in depression and anxiety*
  • Increases energy*

Eleutherococcus (Siberian Ginseng)

  • Restores normal size and function to the adrenal glands*
  • Protects the body from effects of chronic stress*
  • Boosts immunity*
  • Helps improve mood, energy levels, and attention span*
  • Promotes a sense of well-being*
  • Reduces damage to cells caused by chemical exposure*

Holy Basil

  • Normalizes cortisol level*
  • Enhances memory and brain circulation*
  • Improves emotional well-being*

Passion Flower (Passiflora)

  • Normalizes all aspects of sleep*
  • Especially helpful for individuals who lay awake at night unable to quiet their minds or have restless sleep*
  • Can be used for hypertension or heart palpitations from anxiety or stress*
  • Works best for depleted people under chronic stress*


  • Promotes relaxation, rejuvenation, and focus*
  • Improves sleep*
  • Boosts mood, concentration, and focus*
  • Alleviates anxiety by increasing levels of GABA and dopamine in the brain*

All of these ingredients are included in Res-Q Stress Blocker and can help you combat the many negative effects of stress! However, Dr. Josselson also likes to point out that attacking the root cause of your stress is essential, too. If you’re not sleeping well, you need to correct it. If you’re not eating well, you need to start. If your job is running your life, you need to find ways to regain balance so you feel more in control. “Eat breakfast daily, choose snacks with protein, exercise several days a week, get in bed by 10 PM, and take an adrenal supplement like Res-Q Stress Blocker. It will make a world of difference in the quality of your life and overall health and well-being!”

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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