It’s not easy being a working parent – balancing a fulltime career, family life, and everything in between. Juggling an endless to do list often leaves parents tired, rushed, and stressed out. And while we all experience stress in our day to day lives, we all do not experience stress in the same way.

For some, stress messes up the sleep cycle, zapping daily energy and leaving individuals feeling more burned out in the long run. Eventually, a lack of sleep can lead to brain fog – a noticeable sign that your lifestyle and diet need an upgrade. For others, stress affects the ability to focus, making it harder to complete a daily task or remember a daily responsibility.

And overall, long term unchecked stress can have serious negative impacts on an individual’s wellbeing. One example is that stress often leads to unhealthy behaviors as a coping mechanism, manifesting in the form of overeating (especially junk food), skipping meals, self medicating with alcohol, smoking, wakefulness at night, irritability, etc.

Increased stress also leads to increased levels of cortisol. In turn, a consistently elevated level of cortisol can have a negative impact on the immune system, blood pressure, blood sugar, ability to lose weight, and much more.

As a working parent, three nutritional supplements can help you create a self care routine that puts your health first.

A supplement that acts like a "brake" on stress* 

When the body’s nerves fire too fast, it can produce several uncomfortable symptoms, such as restlessness, irritability, and sleeplessness. Thorne’s PharmaGABA – which uses a natural source of GABA – acts like a brake during times of stress.*

Studies have shown that the natural form of GABA in Thorne's PharmaGABA decreases the brain's stress related beta waves and increases the production of alpha-waves, creating a profound sense of physical relaxation while maintaining mental focus.* In another study, when individuals in a smoking cessation program were given PharmaGABA, they experienced a decrease in salivary cortisol.*

What is GABA, exactly? It’s gamma-aminobutyric acid, and it acts as a calming neurotransmitter in the body.* While many GABA supplements use synthetic GABA, Thorne’s PharmaGABA formula uses the trademarked brand of a natural-source form of GABA, derived from a beneficial probiotic – Lactobacillus hilgardii – the same probiotic used to ferment cabbage, radishes, and other vegetables for the Korean dish, kimchi.

Why does that matter? In an unpublished head to head, double blind trial of natural PharmaGABA versus synthetic GABA, the synthetic GABA did not demonstrate the same positive effects as naturally sourced GABA.*1

A supplement to promote mental focus*

From life's biggest moments to the little things, the unique nootropic Memoractiv™ can help working parents stay focused.* Memoractiv contains natural botanicals and nutrients that support cognitive function and mental focus.* Ingredients such as ashwagandha, Bacopa, and Ginkgo phytosome provide support for healthy cognitive function, along with supporting creativity and motivation.*

In addition, because many working parents spend long hours in front of blue-light emitting computer screens, Memoractiv™ contains Lutemax® 2020 – a clinically studied ingredient that supports eye health by enhancing the ability of the eyes to filter blue light.*

Memoractiv also acts like your morning cup of coffee because it contains a unique form of sustained-release, low dose caffeine that promotes alertness and concentration.* The sustained-release form provides a continual low dose of caffeine throughout the day to help keep you focused and concentrating.*

A supplement that promotes cellular energy production* 

Remember, age is just a number. ResveraCel® is Thorne’s exclusive healthy aging formula that supports cellular energy production with nicotinamide riboside (NR).* NR is the precursor to the coenzyme NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), an important factor in converting food into cellular fuel. Because NAD+ levels naturally decline with aging, the NR in ResveraCel promotes an optimal level of NAD+, which in turn increases cellular energy production.*

ResveraCel also contains additional ingredients that promote the healthy aging process, such as resveratrol, which mimics the effect of calorie restriction by activating the sirtuin group of proteins (the proteins involved in regulating cellular processes, including the aging and death of cells).*

Quercetin phytosome also enhances sirtuin activity – research indicates that it slows the breakdown of resveratrol in the body.* Betaine provides premier support for methylation, a crucial body process that contributes to the health of the heart, blood vessels, brain, nervous system, and liver.*

Don’t Forget To Measure Your Stress Levels

If you are a working parent who finds it harder to stay focused during the day, or you feel more tired than usual, then you should ask yourself if these issues are related to stress. Thanks to Thorne’s at-home stress test, getting answers to these questions is easier than ever.

Thorne’s Stress Test measures two primary markers of stress – cortisol and DHEA. Testing to measure your cortisol and DHEA levels will give you a better understanding of how your body is managing your stress, and if you need to do more to manage it effectively. You should consider testing if you:

  • Feel tired but wired
  • Can’t wake up without strong coffee
  • Crave sugar, especially late in the day
  • Get sick when you are under stress
  • Feel irritable or anxious
  • Are constantly “stressed out”

To see the stress test in action, read the case report of Elizabeth, a working mom with two children, and her experience taking the test and receiving her personalized recommendations.


  1. Unpublished data provided by Pharma Foods International LTD., Kyoto, Japan.