I know,  it’s not easy to stop being stressed. It’s a part of our daily lives, for some of us it’s how we function – using adrenaline to get things done and meet deadlines. It’s such a common state for us that we  may not even notice that we are actually under stress.

The problem is when we get stressed the physical effects on our health are huge. When we get stressed every day the health effects are even bigger.  

Stress leaves us struggling to fight illness, unable to sleep deeply, it raises blood pressure, contributes to IBS-type symptoms, leads to food intolerances, leaky gut, poor mood, irritability and increased anxiety. Stress exacerbates PMS and menstrual issues and can even lead to poor sperm quality. 

So, it’s obvious we need to stress-less. But how do we do that? We need to change the way we respond to stress – emotionally and physically. This is how we can side-step the detrimental effects of long-term stress. Supplements designed to help you to stress-less and regain control over how your body responds to stress are a great first step in helping you to get back in control. 

My top 3 stress-less supplements are: 


For a quick fix when you are having a particularly stressful time or a bad day. L-theanine works quickly to help you to feel calm and in control by increasing the production of GABA, the calming neurotransmitter. 


This contains L-theanine (see above) and supportive B vitamins for extra support. This is best used when used when sleep is a problem. If you are not sleeping well, waking at night, or sleeping lightly then this is the one I recommend. The hydrolysed casein in the product is there to help you to help produce deep sleep. Over time, sleeping better will balance disrupted cortisol release and help you manage the effects of stress better.  

NT Intensive

This is the godfather of de-stressing supplements. The supplement company have combined  lemon balm, tryptophan, Taurine and L-theanine this will help you feel at ease no matter what life throws at you.

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Author: Sarah Hanratty

Sarah is a specialist practitioner at the Brain Food Clinic. She has a degree in Nutritional Medicine and is a certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome Practitioner. Sarah helps people to overcome physical and mental health issues using bespoke nutritional protocols.

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