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Mood, Energy, Sleep and Stress

Few things can make you feel better—physically, mentally, and emotionally—than a good night's sleep.

Mood, Energy, Sleep and Stress

Few things can make you feel better—physically, mentally, and emotionally—than a good night's sleep. And yet that healing elixir too often escapes us in our over-busy, fast-paced world. This can be especially true if levels of key hormones and neurotransmitters that contribute to mental and emotional health are out of balance.

You may be able to support hormone and neurotransmitter balance with natural sleep enhancers like melatonin, 5-HTP, and L-tryptophan, a serotonin precursor. In addition to encouraging regenerative sleep, many of these same substances help elevate mood and quiet anxiety, as does L-theanine, an amino acid found in soothing green tea.

In addition, there are many herbal supplements that may also help us feel better.

 Ashwagandha: may help with forgetfulness and improve mental focus. And may also help reduce feelings of stress, irritability, negativity and support energy and healthy sleep patterns.
► Sceletium tortuosum; its use has been documented for over 300 years. And helps combat stress, tension, and occasional anxiety. It also helps increase attention, focus, motivation, and concentration.
 B Vitamins: also provide a range of relevant benefits. And many of us may not be getting enough B vitamins from diet alone. Vitamin B helps provide energy and helps you cope with stress.
► Magnesium: Even minerals offer many health benefits. One of the most important is magnesium. Studies indicate that up to 75% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Magnesium supports memory, learning, mood and other aspects of cognitive health.

Sweet Dreams.

Karsten Mueller MS, PhD Bio
Mission: I Cause Vibrant Health for People and the Planet

Karsten has a lifelong love for the health of people and the planet. He studied biology, economics and policy during his doctoral studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. And, called “The Healthiest Guy in Town” by the Santa Cruz Weekly, he graduated summa laude with a Master’s of Science in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University. 
Karsten provides Nutrition and Health Counseling in Santa Cruz, California. He also enjoys beach volleyball, soccer, biking and martial arts. Karsten has taught Environmental Science and Environmental Studies courses at UCSC, SJSU and CSUMB.