Energizing Herbs

Energizing Herbs

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In this overstimulated and sleep-deprived world, three cups of coffee a day is not unheard of...but, actually very common. Always on the go, its hard to find the time to catch up on necessary zzz's or even more of a novelty, to sneak in a rejuvenating siesta. Now, more then ever, globalization and technological advances are developing at such a astronomical rate that we are moving a mile a minute, constantly trying to catch up with a ever evolving world. This non-stop energy exertion and stimulation leaves us in a constant state of exhaustion and fatigued. I'm tired just thinking about it! All of this stress is blocking up our body's energy-producing machinery, creating a caffeine and stimulant dependent society, out-of balance hormones and adrenal fatigue. Our body's energy (cellular energy) is generated in the mitochondria, tiny structures in each cell that turn nutrients into energy, which is stored in the form of molecules, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and creatine phosphate (CP). But when we are stressed out, the adrenal glands release a bunch of hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. The stress response damages the mitochondria and hampers cell's ability to produce the necessary ATP and CP, creating a vicious cycle where cells become even more vulnerable and prone to stress. 

As your friend and holistic nutritionist, I would first try to alleviate these symptoms by cutting out sugar and processed carbohydrates from you diet, making sure you're eating organic vegetables, fruits, nuts legumes, beans and grains. Secondly I'd say get some rest and go to bed before 10pm, your adrenals need their early bird beauty sleep! And thirdly, I'd make sure you were drinking enough water. But, I know the crazy world we live in and understand that solely eliminating foods and changing your sleeping habits sometimes do not make cut. In this case, you may need natures helping hand to get you over your immediate lull. Check out 3 of my favorite natural energizing enhancers to keep you healthy and on your game. 

Ginseng

The ginseng root has been used for treatment in Asia and North America for centuries and is one of the most popular herbal remedies in the world. A natural energy-producing supplement, Ginseng has the ability to restore equilibrium throughout the body. Ginseng aids in the ability to deliver oxygen to the cells and therefore reduces the oxidative damage to the cells. Ginseng also relaxes blood vessels, which maximizes oxygen delivery throughout the body. There are two main types of Ginseng...Asian/Korean (Panax ginseng) and American (Panax quinquefolius). In traditional Chinese medicine, the American Ginseng is considered less potent then the Asian variety, but both will do the trick!


What I like to drink at tea time.


Maca
Considered nature's Viagra, Maca is a nutritionally dense super-food that contains high amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and all the essential amino acids. The Maca root is rich in energy producing vitamin B, and is a vegetarian source of B-12. Helping to balance out our hormones, Maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, which are the master glands body...the ones in charge of regulating and balancing the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian, and testicular glands. Originally from Peru, this magic root is also a fertility enhancer and is best known for improving libido and sexual function....may be useful in your future endeavors.


If a radish and a potato had a baby it would look like Maca.

Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (E3Live)
Created from the fresh water blue-green algae, the most nutritious food on the planet, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) contains a wide variety of phytonutrients (nutrients from plants), such as chlorophyll, carotenoids and polyunsaturated fatty acids, all which promote overall health. AFA targets the hidden nutritional deficiencies and detoxifies the body, helping to increase energy and vitality. AFA contains unique molecules that enhances concentration, improves attention and mood, and relieves depression. Statistics show that nearly 183 million Americans are deficient in the vitamins and minerals vital to beautiful skin, hair and nails. AFA also has remedial beautifying elements, which clears up skin, strengthens you hair and hardens your nails. So many health and beauty advantages straight from the ocean!


Chew On This...

Chew On This...

Raisins for an Extra Boost of Oral Hygiene

Raisins for an Extra Boost of Oral Hygiene