Manage holiday stress the natural way

‘Tis the season for holiday stress, but combating the feelings associated with this busy time of year is easier than you think. The Canadian Health Food Association recommends considering adding these three safe, effective, and high-quality natural health products that have been shown to help combat stress to your healthcare regimen.

Valerian root. Getting enough sleep is one of the best ways to combat stress. However, consistently getting enough uninterrupted sleep can be challenging. Studies show that people who have trouble sleeping found that valerian reduced the time it took to fall asleep, improved their sleep quality, and helped them wake up less often in the middle of the night.

Magnesium. Magnesium is involved in a many of our body’s functions, including maintain brain health. Unfortunately, many Canadians fail to consume enough magnesium through their diet. In fact, according to Health Canada, 34 per cent of adults fall into this group. When we experience high levels of stress, the level of magnesium in our bodies is depleted. Low magnesium levels caused by stress have been shown to lead to headaches, cramps, and irritability. If you’re feeling stressed out, speak to your healthcare practitioner about magnesium supplementation for an extra stress-relieving boost.

Omega-3 fatty acids. The importance of omega-3 fatty acids for heart and brain health is well documented. But studies found that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids can help also reduce symptoms of anxiety, a prolonged form of stress that occurs even when we don’t have anything to worry about. We can get omega-3s through our diet by eating oily fish like salmon and anchovies, but not everyone consumes the recommended weekly intake. This is why supplementation can be a great alternative. (source:


Last year, Heart Niagara launched an innovative strength training program and facility called, HeartCORE.  Age and ability friendly, HeartCORE membership has steadily increased due to its unique high-intensity, low-frequency weight training that takes only minutes per week to complete.

HeartCORE continues to expand its programs in order to meet our client’s health and fitness needs. Daily physical fitness classes and bi-weekly Zumba and Yoga classes have been added to schedule. 

Recently, HeartCORE’s Healthy Living Workshop series began and will regularly provide members and non-members with free informative and interactive workshops. 

On December 14th, 9:30a-10:30a, 5p-6p, registered Naturopathic Doctor Amber Merrick will discuss stress management.  For further information or to confirm your attendance please call 905-358-5552 ext. 109, email

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