Guest Author - Tammy Elizabeth Southin
When it comes to menopause and stress, there is no quick fix or magic cure. But there are various remedies available that may help to reduce the negative effects stress is taking on your body and mind. Relora is a natural option that claims to reduce stress levels and stress-related symptoms, including those associated with menopause.
This quick primer is meant to provide basic information for readers seeking to make informed choices about menopause treatments. Remember that before you take any type of medication whether natural or manufactured, always consult with your doctor or healthcare professional for proper advice and to see if a product is right for you.
What is Relora?
Relora is a blend of two plant extracts; magnolia officinalis also known as Magnolia, and phellodendron amurense or Phellodendron bark extract. Relora was developed in the United States during the late 1990s and early 2000s and is approved and regulated by the FDA under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. Relora has also received approval for sale in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Relora and stress
Relora is taken to help reduce the impact of stress on the body by balancing the levels of Cortisol and DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone). When stressed, the body increases production of Cortisol and DHEA to cope. Once the stressful period has passed, the levels return to normal.
The problem is that many women (and men) are under serious stress for long periods of time, forcing the body to produce higher levels of Cortisol and DHEA for longer periods of time which wears out the body. Signs of too much stress include irritability, sleeplessness, aches and pains. Others report weight gain or loss, increased or decreased appetite, lethargy, general ill health and even depression.
Relora users report feeling calmer and sleeping better and usually notice improvement in as little as two weeks. Note that while Relora has been shown to help reduce stress levels, other measures should be taken to improve health and strengthen the immune system. With a balanced diet, regular exercise and stress reduction techniques, Relora can help alleviate stress.
Relora side effects
Fortunately there are few side effects. Relora can cause mild drowsiness in some people so it is a good idea to avoid driving or performing some tasks until you know how you will react to Relora. Occasionally some people have dry mouth, increased headaches or nausea; if you have any of these you should consult with your doctor.
Who should avoid Relora?
Relora should not be taken by women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, or women who are breastfeeding.
*Avoid drinking alcohol as this may increase drowsiness
*Cut down or cut out caffeine intake as this stimulant contradicts Relora’s benefits
*Avoid Relora if you have allergies to Magnolia or Phellodendron
*Relora may not be suitable for some types of depression or anxiety
Relora and other medications
Even though Relora is found to be fairly safe and effective, you should always talk to your doctor if you are taking any types of medication or natural remedies. This is also important if you take any kind of sedatives, even over the counter sleeping pills. There are no known food interaction concerns at this time.
When to take Relora and for how long
Relora is usually taken one pill at a time, twice a day. The generally recommended dosage level is 250 mg to 300 mg per pill, or 500 mg to 600 mg a day. As with any medication you should never try to take more than the recommended allowance.
Most people can safely take Relora for anywhere from a month to a few months. Your doctor may advise to try going without Relora after a time to judge whether or not you should continue. At this time, Relora is considered safe for long-term use. Never stop taking any medication including Relora without checking with your doctor first.
Relora and weight loss
Some reports claim that Relora can help to curb increased appetite that is brought on by stress. In some people, stress leads to cravings for foods such as carbohydrates to feel better. Relora may help reduce stress levels and the associated appetite. At no time should Relora been seen as a weight loss method or taken as such. The only way to lose weight is through a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise.
Relora and is one of the newest breakthroughs that provide a wider range of options to help you deal with stress and menopause. Women can empower themselves by taking control of their lives and their menopause by working with their healthcare providers to find the best solutions to live life to the fullest.
For some more information including links to studies involving Relora, please visit www.relora.co.uk and find out more before your next visit to your doctor.
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