SHOW / EPISODE

Stress Relief & Sleep Aid

Season 1 | Episode 7
16m | Jul 1, 2020

In this episode of the Tonic talk show and podcast, join host Jamie Bussin and registered holistic nutritionist Andrea Donsky as they discuss natural treatments for stress and sleep. With 20 years of experience in natural health and wellness, Andrea shares valuable insights on managing stress in today's challenging times.


The episode begins with a focus on deep breathing and its impact on stress reduction. Andrea explains how deep breathing can shift the body from a sympathetic state, associated with the fight-or-flight response, to a parasympathetic state, promoting relaxation and calmness. She shares her personal experience and highlights the importance of incorporating deep breathing into daily routines.


The conversation then shifts to the role of exercise in stress relief. Andrea emphasizes the positive effects of exercise on relaxation, endorphin release, and better sleep. Laughter is also discussed as a stress-reducing activity, as it reduces stress hormones and boosts endorphin levels. She suggest indulging with funny films, videos and things you find amusing.


As a nutritionist, Andrea delves into the connection between food and stress. She emphasizes the importance of whole foods, managing sugar and alcohol intake, and highlights specific foods with sedative or relaxing properties. Chamomile tea, magnesium-rich foods like cashews and almonds, and even romaine lettuce with its lactucarium compound are among the foods recommended for stress relief and better sleep.


Supplements are another avenue explored in the episode. Andrea introduces L-theanine, a compound that balances cortisol levels and promotes the activities of alpha waves for a calm state of mind. She explains the benefits of L-theanine supplements, especially for those experiencing heightened cortisol levels at unconventional times. Adaptogenic herbs, such as Rhodiola, ashwagandha, and holy basil, are also highlighted for their ability to help the body cope better with stress. Omega 3 fatty acids are also discussed, especially ones EPA and DHA. Gaba, passionflower and GABA are also touched upon.


Throughout the conversation, Andrea provides practical tips and suggestions for incorporating these natural remedies into daily routines. From setting reminders to breathe deeply, to choosing stress-reducing foods and integrating supplements, listeners gain valuable insights into managing stress and improving sleep naturally.

Magnesium is also heralded for its relaxing properties, especially in bisglycinate form.

The role of melatonin for sleep hygiene in alliance with avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and light emitting screens prior to slumber are discussed. New Roots Herbal Slep8


Discover a path to natural stress relief and better sleep with Andrea Donsky’ s expert guidance. Tune in to this informative episode and unlock the power of natural treatments for stress and sleep.

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