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Service Occupations Account for 4 of Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs in 2014

According to Forbes Magazine, four of the top ten most stressful jobs in 2014 are service member occupations, such as military personnel, police officers and firefighters. With the responsibility of protecting others and in doing so, putting your own life at risk, it's no wonder stress levels are heightened.Stress, if left unmanaged, can take a toll on one's body, mood and behavior causing an onslaught of negative effects.

The Mayo Clinic has categorized common effects of stress as it impacts different aspects of your health.

How Stress Affects the Body
  • Headache
  • Muscle tension
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Upset stomach
  • Sleep problems
How Stress Affects Mood
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression
How Stress Affects Behavior
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug, alcohol or tobacco abuse
The following stress-relieving tips can be beneficial:
Vitamin C
Help normalize stress-hormone levels by upping your intake of Vitamin C.
Aerobic Exercise
Engaging in aerobic exercise. Exercise reduces the level of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body's natural painkillers and mood elevators.
Mood-Enhancing Nutrients
Add mood-enhancing supplementation or nutrients to your daily routine.
Popular nutrients that aids in stress management include:
  • Sensoril® is the industry leading, branded ingredient that is clinically proven to help relieve the negative effects of stress. Try Ultra Plan Ultimate Super Stress with Sensoril.
  • Rhodiola has been shown to promote feelings of well-being and support mental function as well as improve anxiety symptoms. Try Irwin Naturals Sunny Mood.
  • L-Theanine, an amino acid derived from tea leaves, induces a relaxing effect and promotes focus and attention. Try Source Naturals L-Theanine.
  • 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a drug-free and naturally occurring plant-derived amino acid that participates in the body's synthesis of serotonin. 5-HTP is the direct precursor to serotonin.* Try Natrol 5-HTP Time Release.
  • L-Tyrosine is an essential amino acid critical for the production of serotonin and melatonin, which help to support a positive mood, healthy sleep patterns, and proper immune system function.* Try NOW Foods L-Tyrosine.