Product Spotlight: Enhanced Collagen Relax
Chelan Wilkins, RHN
Relax – a word we crave when we find ourselves overstressed, overworked, exhausted and trying to cope with our hectic lives. Relaxation can mean different things to many of us and depend on what is going on in our lives the types of relaxation methods can vary! I thrive on my yoga routine, meditation, running, Enhanced Collagen Relax and snuggles on the couch with my kids for my “ relaxation“. It is what makes my sleep habits, focus and daily routine improve. What many of us don’t realize is that we are regularly walking around in a state of stress. Our body, the incredible machine that it can quickly adapt to the effects of stressful scenarios and we continuously stay in this state as we take on more and more as time goes on. For many of us, it is hard to find the time to “ relax” with our schedules, children, and careers. Our cortisol ( stress hormone ) levels fluctuate throughout the day and often when we are under a lot of stress our cortisol levels will be low during the day ( causing fatigue ) and then be high in the middle of the night – therefor waking us at odd times and not being able to fall asleep! Often people who have high levels of cortisol have symptoms of anxiety as well as depression leading to poor moods, work function and more added stress. A few easy and simple steps to help ourselves relax are to set up a routine that fits into your schedule. Try to set some time for you daily where you can “ unwind” and “ relax”. It doesn’t need an extension; you can close your eyes and take 30 seconds of deep breathing. A few of my favourite tips will also help your body cope with stress better, allow you not to feel as overwhelmed, improve your sleep habits and leave you feeling more relaxed.
One of the most beneficial things that I have incorporated into my routine is taking Organika’s Enhanced Collagen Relax every night. I am very routine when it comes to my evenings. I love a nice hot bath followed by a cup of chamomile tea with a serving of Collagen Relax. What makes this such an essential part of my “ relax” time? Well first, Enhanced Collagen Relax contains a high amount of Glycine ( an important amino acid ) responsible for promoting relaxation in our body alongside with the Magnesium Bysgliscinate and L-Theanine. Magnesium is known as our “ anti-stress” mineral and is also responsible for over 300 different reactions in our body! It helps promote restful sleep, helps reduce the late night “ hamster wheels” – as I like to call them where we stare at the ceiling processing the millions of thoughts we have going on. It also contains L-Theanine, natures anti-anxiety amino acid that is known to reduce the systems of anxiety in mind and body. It is essential for the calming and relaxation in our minds and body. Within a few days of taking Organika’s Enhanced Collagen Relax, you notice that you are having a more restful sleep, falling asleep easier, not feeling as “ on edge”, and you also feel like your cognitive function has improved ( think memory and focus). I also find that if I take this in am the morning, I can tackle my full day of events without feeling overwhelmed or stressed – it doesn’t have to be used in the evening! A very versatile, fit into your lifestyle perk! Alongside my night time routine, I also like to include some time for mindfulness. I am a Yoga lover and come to my practice 5-6 days a week. I have also have traded in my “ screen time “ in the evenings for reading books with my cup of chamomile tea and Enhanced Collagen Relax. Often the blue light found on our digital devices shut down the promotion of our sleep hormone, Melatonin. It makes it hard for us to fall asleep and get a good nights rest. This is the long-term will affect how we feel daily as well as add more to our stress levels. Creating a relaxing and peaceful routine and environment is not only beneficial for our sleep, stress levels, work performances – it is also vital for our health! Remembering to take a moment daily can decrease our chances of severe health issues that can arise from too much stress in our body. Try creating your own “ relaxing “ routine with Organika’s Enhanced Collagen Relax, a hot bath and novel that you have wanted to dive into and a warm cup of tea. You will see how much your body responds, your sleep improves and your moods change! -Chelan Wilkins, RHN- Busy mother of two, and Organika's National Education Trainer.
Our body, the incredible machine that it can quickly adapt to the effects of stressful scenarios and we continuously stay in this state as we take on more and more as time goes on.