The end of the year marks the peak of exciting celebrations and family gatherings: Thanksgiving, holiday parties, and New Year’s Eve. It’s a time when we want to feel our best, but for many of us, November and December are marked by feelings of low energy, malaise and a general sense of being run down. The good news? With the right supplements, we have the opportunity to help patients counteract stress, avoid burnout and finish the year feeling strong, healthy and energized.
Why We Feel Run-Down as the Year Draws to a Close
It’s difficult to feel energized when you’re sick! In the United States, flu season activity begins around October and peaks between December and February (and can extend right through May). This helps explain why so many individuals will start the holiday season with low reserves of energy, especially vulnerable populations like children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Add to that the shorter daylight hours and long periods of darkness, and it’s no wonder many of us will be feeling more sluggish! The concept of the winter blues is a biological reality where shorter days mean that the brain produces more melatonin and less serotonin making us feel more tired more often and disrupts our natural circadian rhythm. This, in turn, can cause trouble with sleep and raise levels of anxiety and depression. For half a million people in the United States every year, this takes the form of diagnosed seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
One Solution: Helping Promote Energy and Immunity with Pharmacy-Compounded Supplements
At New Drug Loft pharmacy, our high-potency, pharmacy-compounded supplements are often prescribed to support the immune system, lower stress cortisol levels, balance hormones and promote optimum health. Here are some of the most popular supplements that prescribers have found helpful for their patients (in conjunction with important preventative measures such as the annual flu shot!):
Super Stress Support With B-Complex, Vitamin C, Valerian & Magnesium: A sustained-release supplement with a synergistic combination of vitamins and minerals that help to support the body systems during periods of stress including B-vitamins, vitamin C, 100mg of Magnesium and calming herbs like valerian, hops, and skullcap.
GABA Calm: GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) & L-Theanine L-Theanine (an amino acid found in green tea) and GABA (the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system) are two naturally-occurring agents that help support a positive mood, relaxation and relieve mental tension.
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Probiotic Extra Strength DF 52 Billion CFU Containing: L: acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, B. longum, B. bifidum, B.lactic, L.casei, B. breve, S. Thermophilus, L. salivarius Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) 25 mg: Oral supplements of live, beneficial intestinal microorganisms to boost nutritional health and well-being. It helps to promote a healthy, intestinal microflora which is linked to an improved immune system.
Relora® 250mg With two patent-pending herbal extracts: Magnolia officinalis bark and Phellodendron amurense bark: Magnolia and Phellodendron bark (Asian cork tree) have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. In studies, they have been shown to help control irritability, restlessness and poor sleep.
CoEnzyme-B With the activated form of B-vitamins for improved bioavailability: Providing the active, coenzyme forms of essential B-vitamins that do not require metabolic conversion, offering advantages to certain patients including the elderly, those with malabsorption issues, metabolic diseases such as diabetes, and others.
This list is just the beginning…
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