ASISTS IN REDUCING STRESS & PROMOTING RELAXTION
AIM Composure® helps to maintain your neuro health, especially in regard to dealing efficiently with stress. The Composure formula is made up of four herbal extracts and four whole herbs – alfalfa, marshmallow root, oatstraw, irish moss, passionflower, shavegrass, slippery elm bark, and yucca. Many of these herbs contain flavonoids that are beneficial to overall health. Composure may be taken during the day to help with stressful situations or during the evening to help relax. Composure is 100 percent natural. There are no artificial colours, flavors, or preservatives.
About 75% of people believe they experience stress at least once every two weeks and half of them describe their stress as high to extreme. Recent surveys show that 90% of people believe stress is a major cause of illness in their lives, and about 80% of the population suffer from adrenal fatigue.
Ongoing stress can cause the adrenal glands to continually create adrenalin (short-term stress hormone) and cortisol (long-term stress hormone which is highly acidic), however, these tiny glands that sit on top of the kidneys can’t keep up hormone production and so trigger fat, sugar and salt cravings as they struggle to balance the blood sugar and salt levels. This often results in frequent ingestion of addictive fast food, coffee and sweets, because the fat, sugar, caffeine and salt stimulates energy in the short term, which has a deleterious effect on the body over the long-term.
Stress fatigues the adrenal glands, tenses muscles causing joint pain, headaches and insomnia, and can cause constipation through a highly- strung, twisting bowel that restricts flow, leading to a dysfunctional colon and liver, impacting your blood pressure, immune system and heart.
Stress can also be the catalyst for unsupportive (escape) addictions like alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, sugar, caffeine and drugs which have a negative impact on obesity, health, relationships, work, productivity and income — causing more stress, and which can ultimately lead to depression and suicide. (See ‘how we create our own reality’ previously)
Stress is your body’s internal response to external events based on how you’ve perceived similar events in the past. Events trigger emotions, judgement based on beliefs and attitude, and ultimately reactions. Stress reactions can become habitual (for example food cravings), even something as simple as an odour, a song, a few words spoken or a judgemental glance or wink from another can cause reactions. The foundations of what cause people to become depressed or overweight are based around habitual reactions to their emotions.
As chronic stress continues, thoughts consistently turn towards worry, dwelling on issues outside one’s control. Worry focuses on potential negative outcomes which, because of focus, usually eventuate. Worry can lead to powerlessness, a victim mentality, blame and choosing to not take responsibility, which increases stress.
Stress can also impact on the body from physical internal and external situations and substances from tooth infections, joint or muscle injury, chronic pain, caffeine, sugar, cigarettes, alcohol and prescribed drugs (with this particular stress being commonly known as ‘side-effects’).
Incidentally, side-effects are not really on-the-side – they are real effects impacting the body, caused by the drug or treatment. They should really be termed ‘other-effects’ so as to not negate the importance and impact prescribed chemicals may have on the body.
It’s commonly known that adrenals produce adrenalin and cortisol for fight or flight responses but nowadays these same hormones are regularly triggered by sugar and caffeine. What’s less commonly known is that adrenals also produce about 40% the body’s sex hormones such as oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone, along with about 50 other hormones necessary to sustain health.
Menopausal women may feel the impact as their ovaries begin to shut down and the adrenals react to take up the slack and produce more oestrogen and progesterone. Some women are prescribed hormone replacement therapy (HRT) using synthetic progestin hormones, which have numerous side-effects. Often women feel ‘out-of-sorts’, irritable and can’t explain why.
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue are feeling tired or run down for no apparent reason, morning fatigue, needing caffeine or sugar (for example chocolate) to give you energy, feeling better after lunch followed by an afternoon low, a 6pm energy pick-up, feeling continually stressed, slow recovery from illness, depression (feeling of a lack of fun in life) and decreased sex drive.
Pharmaceutical drugs like anti-depressants or relaxants might help in the short-term by relieving symptoms but often have side-effects, and over the long-term (I believe) can exacerbate stress.
AIM Composure is a combination of natural herbs that work harmoniously to provide a gentle relaxant, without impinging on thought processes or making you drowsy. Feeling more relaxed can provide more opportunities for better-quality sleep which in turn supports better choices to help you lead a more relaxed life.
Reduce Stress — Increase Happiness:
Firstly, stress is more a perception of events than reality. Sometimes things just happen and don’t need to be judged — they simply are…
Only work on things you have control over and that involve you directly.
Take responsibility, and wear any consequences as a lesson. Nothing is really negative about learning from something that didn’t work last time.
Avoid overwhelm. Make a list of what you need to achieve today, prioritise and do the next thing on the list with focus.
Make your next thought happier than your last. Have a positive attitude, change your mind-set.
Find your passion and work your passion. Make plans and take action to make income from what you enjoy doing.
Still the mind, meditate and stop thinking. Stop judging everyone around you; it’s their problem, not yours. Let go and be happy!
It’s none of your business what others think about you. Detach from unsupportive people and family. Move on and attract a more supportive crowd that align with where you want to be.
Adjust your lifestyle — it’s okay to have time off to do nothing. Assess whether your actions are simply laziness or your need for some time-out.
Be happy more often; see the funny side of life and people, rather than giving them control by reacting negatively. Instead of swearing at something that goes ‘wrong’, try exclaiming to your work colleagues, “I’d prefer that didn’t happen” (whilst smiling). Make a joke of it!
Avoid TV shows like soap operas and reality shows that frame negative judgemental, emotional, ego-driven responses. Only watch educational documentaries, comedy, quality drama and the occasional news item (once or twice a week, just a little to keep informed).
Listen to quality, happy, positive music throughout your day and exercise. Invest in an MP3 player or add positive music to your playlist on your phone and take it with you. You can also use ‘commute time’ to learn from audio-books.
Reduce unsupportive food and drink like alcohol, caffeine, sugar, MSG, packet food, pastry, and so on.
Get plenty of quality sleep and rest. Immune system cells in the brain are activated by cytokines created in the bowel through proper delta-brainwave sleep and food. Try to have a ‘siesta’ after lunch if your lifestyle allows.
Exercise regularly. Exercise produces positive hormones that assist your happiness (see ‘Exercise’ later).
Drink plenty of quality water.
What is Composure®
Composure is a special blend of the extracts and eight herbs that work together to help you in times of stress. You may find yourself more relaxed, and when combined with a healthy diet, experience a healthy sense of well-being.
The extracts are from the whole herb and spray-dried in a special process that uses water, not harmful substances. Then they are ground. The whole herbs are also ground.
Composure is 100 percent natural. There are no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, nor are there any added sugars, salts, yeasts, or fillers. And, the capsule is vegetarian.
The following are the individual herbs that make up Composure.
Affects: stomach, blood
Alfalfa is a source of chlorophyll, vitamins, including A, D, E, K, and beta carotene, and minerals, including selenium. It is especially rich in minerals, as it pulls up nutrients from root depths as great as 130 feet. It is also an effective overall tonic used for rebuilding the body after serious or prolonged weak- ness or illness.
Affects: lungs, kidneys, skin
Irish moss contains 15 of the 18 elements that compose the human body. It contains vitamins A, D, E, and K and is also high in iodine and calcium.
Affects: intestines, kidneys, bladder
Marshmallow root derives its botanical name from the Greek word altho, which means “to heal.” Humbart Santillo, in Natural Healing with Herbs, calls marshmallow root a nutri- tive. Michael Castleman, in The Healing Herbs, notes that it is a digestive aid. It also has a calming effect on the body.
Affects: nerves, uterus, stomach, lungs
Research has shown that oat bran, and to a lesser extent oatmeal, may help reduce high blood cholesterol. Oats contain flavonoids, a number of minerals, vitamins B1, B2, D, E, and carotene, as well as wheat protein. It is a natural relaxant. Santillo, in Natural Healing with Herbs, notes that oatstraw is good for the nerves, and Penelope Ody, in The Complete Medicinal Herbal, notes that it may help with depression.
Affects: nerves, circulation
Passionflower was used by Native Americans to soothe the nerves, and it has been used more recently for hyperactivity, insomnia, Parkinson’s disease, and nervous tension. Its constituents maltol, ethyl-maltol, and some flavonoids are potentially sedating, and another constituent, passi-florine, reportedly promotes calmness and ability to sleep. In Europe, passionflower is used in sedative preparations.
Shavegrass (Horsetail grass)
Affects: kidneys, blood, heart, and lungs
Shavegrass is a member of one of the oldest groups of plants on earth. The plant’s success can be attributed to its ability to grow in poor soil with minimum moisture. It has been used both internally and externally since the 16th century, usually as a powder. As an herb, the entire plant is used. It contains flavonoids and minerals.
Slippery Elm Bark
Affects: whole body
Slippery elm bark was used by Native Americans as a skin ointment. It heals burns, wounds, and poison ivy. It also boosts the adrenal glands and respiratory system, and draws out impurities. Castleman, in The Healing Herbs, and Ody, in The Complete Medicinal Herbal, cite the bark as being good for digestion. It neutralizes stomach acids.
The yucca is a cactus-like succulent common to the west- ern United States and most of Mexico. It helps reduce inflammation and pain in joints.