Exams and the build-up to them can be extremely stressful for parents and students alike. Increased screen time, the pressure to succeed, deadlines, balancing academics and extra curriculars; in particular the inability to switch off causes stress and anxiousness. Below, we explore what happens within the body and provide natural solutions to these problems.
Here is Aragon - the inspiration behind formulating Saffrosun for Children.
Fight or Flight Mode
Stress Factors we have outlined above can tip the nervous system into permanent “sympathetic nervous system” mode. This is the “fight or flight” mode; which the body originally evolved as a mechanism to protect us from imminent danger. The anxiety response in the brain causes a cascade of hormones with wide-ranging effects such as shortness of breath, racing heart, paling or flushing of the face, sweaty hands...the list goes on. And, if left unchecked, may lead to more regular and extreme symptoms. Youngsters who suffer from anxiety may feel abnormal and socially isolated.
Depression is a deeply personal issue and masks itself in so many varied symptoms. Research by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has shown that perhaps the most effective treatment is personal empowerment of the sufferer’s own treatment so that they can learn to recognise and manage their symptoms. Of course, it’s advised that parents assist with this.
Finding the tools that work for the individual is key to success. So we’ve come up with five top tips that you and your child can read through together:
A regular exercise routine is both physically and mentally beneficial for health, especially within a group or team which will help reduce isolation.
2. Regular sleep
Regular sleep and a bedtime routine are very important. This means turning off all blue light-emitting devices and avoiding food or drink late at night to provide at least two hours to digest. Caffeine and sugary drinks should also be avoided after 1pm.
3. Just breathe
Breathing is vital – learn how to retrain the breath. The hormonal cascade causes us to shallow breathe and suck in more air than we breathe out, making the panic worse. A great technique is “The Big Breath”. Psychologist and practitioner Tony Ulatowski has been using this technique in West London with more than 400 students, from preschoolers to secondary students, for over a year, and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents, teachers, and pupils. (See it on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtP5LP0WZJI)
4. Balance that diet
A healthy balanced diet including “live” foods, vegetables and fruits can be hugely helpful. Amazingly, 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut. A study from Victoria, New Zealand, in 2017 found patients with moderate to severe depression had a statistically significant improvement in their symptoms on a modified Mediterranean diet. Dr. Chatterjee, star of the BBC’s Doctor in the House, shows that diet can make a difference. However, when was the last time your doctor asked you about food when you were concerned about feeling depressed?
5. Try supplements
There are also a few natural supplements which are safe, effective, non addictive and adaptogenic, providing an evidence-based approach for mood imbalance and anxiety in both children and teenagers.
The benefits of Saffron
One of the most widely tested natural remedies is the ancient spice, saffron. Saffron targets the gut as well as the brain. Dr. Paul Clayton, Fellow at The Institute of Food, Brain, and Behaviour, believes saffron should be considered in place of current therapies, which he believes are outdated and off-target;
“By targeting core aspects of mood and anxiety, saffron works far more rapidly than the pharmaceuticals, which are shooting at the wrong target. In short, Saffron restores normal nerve function in key areas of the brain. If you have chronic inflammation, the “brakes” are put on a few key processes. Saffron takes the brakes off. Moreover, it acts very fast (hours, not weeks or months), has no withdrawal symptoms, no side effects, and is safe to use with children.”
Why we formulated Saffrosun?
When our founder Kevin Leivers, discovered his own child (image attached above) was struggling with hyperactivity and lack of sleep he set out to find a 100% natural product to give to his son. A lack of effective choices led him to develop a child-friendly effective formulation of Saffrosun called 'Saffrosun for Children'. Saffrosun for Children can be used from ages 6+ and if your child is 12+ you may prefer to use the adult version.
Since its launch in 2016, we have been delighted with the positive feedback from practitioners and parents alike, who are looking for nutritional support for children which can be safely integrated with conventional medicines.
When faced with a child or teenager who is nervous, has a low mood, or is suffering from poor emotional balance, frequent tiredness and/or poor-quality sleep, a high quality, correct strength food-based supplement is an effective option to use alongside conventional approaches.
At The Naked Pharmacy, we only sell products that meet these precise guidelines so you can be sure you're buying food supplements with ingredients that are proven to work. Moreover, all our supplements are gluten free and vegan friendly. Take a look at our range to support your child with their health issues:
- Saffrosun for stress, emotional balance and fatigue
- Natruflex for gut health
- Marine Magnesium for sleep, restlessness and better nerve & muscle function
At The Naked Pharmacy we have a dedicated team of pharmacists who are available every week day to help support you and provide qualified advice. You may call or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a FREE and confidential consultation with our pharmacy team.
Our Founder – Kevin Leivers
Kevin is a very unique Pharmacist with a 40 year career to date within the pharmaceutical industry and a wide variety of senior operational and management roles. He worked with the research chemist who created ibuprofen then after graduating as a pharmacist moved onto opioid analgesic manufacturing and quality roles with Upjohn LLC and then Chief Pharmacist for the Swiss Herbal giant Weleda AG. After leaving Weleda in 2004 Kevin launched the nutraceutical R and D company Lotus Health developing innovative nutraceuticals for global markets. He then utilised this unique knowledge and experience to launch The Naked Pharmacy with the intention to develop it into a global digital hub for natural products, research and advice.
About The Company
We are Europe’s first plant-powered Pharmacy.
We formulate uniquely effective natural remedies and support these with expert advice from our team of pharmacists led by the former Chief Pharmacist of Weleda and founder, Kevin Leivers.
We specialise in creating natural remedies, using premium grade food sourced ingredients that are scientifically proven to work.
Based on years of experience, Kevin and the team of Pharmacists ensure that all our products are free from unnecessary additives and contain the optimum levels of bioactives, so you know you’re getting the most effective supplements.
All our products are 100% natural and scientifically proven.
The Naked Pharmacy remedies are Stronger by Nature because:
We formulate with the full range of bioactives within all our products, at the clinically-correct strength, so you know you're buying the most effective products at the best value. Every one of our products is batch tested by Pharmacists. We are proud to be vegan-certified, eco friendly and sustainable.