Natural Ways to Reduce Stress, Depression and Anxiety

Gerry Letendre, RPh, MBA, CHt

The isolation, fear of what’s to come, and dealing with our lives in these uncertain times, has left many people feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed out and even depressed. Many people are trying to balance work, making sure their kids are attending school online and trying to prepare for whatever the future holds. Our already busy lifestyles have now become micromanaged, they are somewhat in disarray and if we’re honest, reasonably uncomfortable. Stress is made up of both psychological and physical symptoms, and it should never be left untreated.

Along with medications, there are also alternative therapies that work very well to reduce stress, depression and anxiety.

The Benefits of Yoga & Meditation
Yoga helps to improve flexibility, blood flow, muscle strength, posture, immune function, bone health, decreases depressive episodes, and can regulate blood pressure. Meditation also reduces stress, reduces anxiety, promotes emotional wellbeing, can help fight addictions, can generate health and improve immune function, it can stave off memory disorders and increase neuronal plasticity (grow your brain).

Exercise is universally recommended as a means of improving overall health and well-being. Most people can benefit from taking a brisk 30-minute walk or a 30-minute swim. Exercise increases circulation, reduces stress, helps with depression, improves nutrient and oxygen rich blood flow, and helps you build strength and lose weight. If you can work out harder, it’s extremely beneficial to get your heart rate up daily with cardiovascular exercise. Want even more benefits? Get out in nature. Researchers found that “green” exercise produced even greater reductions in anxiety and depression. Talk with your physician about the right exercise plan for you.

LDN-Low-Dose Naltrexone
Naltrexone was first approved by the FDA in 1984 to treat opioid addiction. Later on, it was discovered that low-dose naltrexone (LDN)—low dose being one-tenth of naltrexone’s usual dose—has anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating effects. It also promotes the release of chemicals in the brain called endorphins that help relieve stress and pain and boost pleasure. Endorphins are considered one of the ‘happy hormones’ group produced by the body usually after exercising, laughing, meditating, and getting massages. As a result, they promote the feeling of well-being. LDN is safe with few side effects and no abuse potential. It is also cost-effective because only a small amount is needed. LDN also helps with a variety of other conditions.

LDN helps decrease the severity of depression and helps lessen depressive symptoms. LDN may also aid in the treatment of depression relapse or recurrence. Its brain-altering effects may be responsible for its positive impact on depression.

LDN is only available from a compounding pharmacy. We encourage you to talk to your doctor about whether LDN might be appropriate for you to try or you can speak with Gerry, owner and lead pharmacist. Our trained pharmacy staff will compound your specific LDN dose with a prescription from your doctor.

Sarasota Specialty Pharmacy prepares LDN as immediate-release pills with no fillers or binders to interfere with the drug’s absorption. Plus, we take your allergies and dietary concerns into consideration. We make sure our compounded LDN capsules and tablets are free of common allergens like gluten, lactose, and dyes.

In addition to LDN, there are well-studied adaptogenic supplements that also reduce stress and anxiety, and help improve mood. Adaptogens support the body’s natural ability to deal with stress.

Sarasota Specialty Pharmacy and Wellness Center offers these and many more products to help you. You can find out more about these supplements by contacting Sarasota Specialty Pharmacy or from

Combined Therapies
In order to overcome stress, depression and anxiety, we need a well-rounded treatment protocol that incorporates stress management, nutrition, exercise, meditation, medication (if necessary), hormone balancing and other therapies that can help to stabilize our systems.


If you are having suicidal thoughts or
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Sarasota Specialty Pharmacy:
More Than Just a Pharmacy
Sarasota Specialty Pharmacy and Wellness Center is an independent, family owned pharmacy that has served the Sarasota community for over 40 years. They specialize in meeting patient’s needs through innovative compounding. Their compounding pharmacists work with physicians, veterinarians, dentists and other health care practitioners to prepare patient specific medications. Their compounding services allow them to create formulations in unique strengths and dosage forms.

Sarasota Specialty Pharmacy and Wellness Center are members with PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America), which means they have access to and use the highest-quality ingredients for all of their compounded pharmaceutical formulations.

Your Options with Sarasota Specialty Pharmacy are numerous! Stop by and see them today!

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Sarasota Specialty Pharmacy
Call 941.366.0880 or visit
2075 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, FL 34239

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