How to Care for Your Hormones

Hormones are essential to our good health. Like breathing clean air or eating fresh food, we tend to not be fully aware of the quality of these things unless we don’t have them, and then we realize just how important it is for our quality of life.

When it comes to our hormones, look to them as an indicator of your overall health status as well as a reflection of your lifestyle. While many people are resilient to life’s stressors and unhealthy habits and don’t suffer from hormonal imbalances, there’s a significant amount of people who suffer from hormonal imbalances that can correlate directly to their lifestyle.

Promote hormone balance by ensuring you get an adequate amount of these nutrients:

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Omega 3 fatty acids, like the ones in fish oil are especially good for female hormone balance as omega 3 fatty acids help with PMS and irregular periods by helping to balance out excess testosterone, increase serotonin and help to harmonize estrogen and progesterone ratios.
  • Fiber, fiber, fiber: Focus on a high-fiber diet, which is doubly beneficial as fiber containing foods (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) contain a host of phytonutrients which help to nourish the body to carry out all the necessary functions for adequate hormone production and secretion. Fiber is needed to help ‘sweep’ your body clean and cleanse it from excess hormones, particularly estrogen, which otherwise could cause imbalances.

Stress management for hormone health


Oftentimes, stress is the culprit for sending your hormones out of whack. If you’ve experienced painful periods, skipped periods, hormonal migraines, and a rollercoaster ride of mood swings, you can bet that you’ve simultaneously had a lot of issues to deal with. For instance, that fight you’ve had with your partner could be the reason you had a headache 3 days later, that day you binged on fast food after a tough work day could result in a breakout or dull skin the following week, those early mornings and late nights that left you sleep deprived are likely the reason behind your moodiness.

These are all different forms of life stressors and without prioritizing some proper and regular time for self-care and recovery, stress can take its toll on our hormone balance as excess cortisol and adrenaline have the unfortunate effect to wreak havoc on the rest of our hormones.

If it hasn’t been obvious already, make it a priority, not a luxury, to allow your mind and body recover from stress on a daily basis. A monthly massage, a year-end vacation, or a weekend catching up on sleep won’t cut it, especially where your hormone health is concerned. Think of self-care as a ‘reset’ for your body to bring it back to balance on a daily basis.

Try the following stress-management tips, that are especially beneficial for your hormones:

1. Prioritize sleep:
Quality deep sleep is essential for hormone health. A good night’s rest is not just for your body to regain energy, but to also restore and repair itself, and yes that includes your hormonal balance.

2. Control your caffeine:
Caffeine has the wonderful ability to perk up slow mornings and get us going. Where your hormone health is concerned though, try schedule your morning coffee at least 3 hours after waking up and at least space it at the very least 6 hours away from your bedtime. The logic behind this is to not interfere with your body’s natural sleep and waking cycles as well as to not unnecessarily jack up your cortisol levels.

In the morning after waking, your cortisol levels naturally and steadily rise and decline throughout the day. Having caffeine too early in the morning or too late in the day, can raise your cortisol, more than what your body needs thus throwing it and your other hormones out of balance.

3. Meditate
Meditation is perhaps the quickest stress-management and selfcare technique one can utilize as even just a few minutes of meditation can help keep cortisol and adrenaline in check while simultaneously releasing feel-good hormones GABA and serotonin.

4. Incorporate Adaptogens
Adaptogens are a unique group of plants that have the amazing ability to bring the body back and keep it in balance. There are many different types of adaptogens, but two stand out for hormone health.

The first adaptogen would be Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha helps nourish all hormone excreting organs, helping to harmonize any imbalances and bring the body back to a healthier state. This is especially beneficial for a stressed out body.

Maca, is a Peruvian root, prized for its hormone balancing abilities by being able to nourish the pituitary gland. Maca is especially beneficial for women who suffer from hormonal imbalances in the form of irregular and painful periods.
Hormone function can be complex, but taking care of them doesn’t have to be. Promote hormonal balance with key nutrients to help ensure things run smoothly. Our Omega 3 Fish Oil and Ashwagandha make for a powerful pair in optimizing your hormonal health, all available in easy-to-take capsules that you can have anywhere.

Hormone function can be complex, but taking care of them doesn’t have to be. Promote hormonal balance with key nutrients to help ensure things run smoothly. Our Omega 3 Fish Oil and Ashwagandha make for a powerful pair in optimizing your hormonal health, all available in easy-to-take capsules that you can have anywhere.

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Recipes to energize your day!

If you often have a long day ahead of juggling your career, family, friends, and personal goals (isn’t that all of us?) you can definitely relate to the incredible amount of energy you spend living your best life. Keep up with yourself by feeding your body the nutrients it needs to function at its best. Use food to your advantage as a means to help you reach your daily to-dos and long-term goals.

Food is fuel. With that said, incorporate some or all of these healthy and wholesome recipes to energize you throughout the day.

First thing in the morning
It’s an anecdotal health belief that what you put in your body first thing in the morning can set the tone for your entire day, and it makes sense as you’re setting yourself up for a momentum of healthy choices. Make it a habit of starting your morning with healthy choices and watch the day unfold into a string of more good-for-you decisions. To help set the tone for your day, try incorporate one of these morning beverages to kick start your digestive system, hydrate from a long nights rest, and to brighten your palate into a new day.

Lemon water: Drinking warm water with lemon is an ancient ayurvedic practice known to help detox your liver and stimulate digestive enzymes.

  • Mix the juice of half a lemon with one cup of warmed water. Sip through a straw to protect your teeth, especially if you’re going to make this a daily morning habit.

Sunrise Green Juice: Nothing energizes the body quite like a chlorophyll-loaded glass of freshly pressed green juice drank on an empty stomach. Not only will you flood your body with energizing nutrients first thing in the morning, you alkalize your system too.

Simply run the following ingredients through a juicer for the perfect wake-up call:

  • 5 medium stalks of celery
  • ½ apple
  • 1 large handful of kale
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 inch knob of ginger

Breakfast time:
Whether you start your morning with an energizing elixir or not, breaking your fast from a night of sleeping should be all about putting in the right nutrition in your body to start the day. Focus on covering all your macronutrients to properly fuel your body for the day ahead:

Wake-up breakfast smoothie: This smoothie is perfect for on-the-go mornings where you need to zip around without having to sacrifice the quality, taste, or nutrient-profile of your breakfast.

Blend the following:

  • 1 large banana
  • 4 tablespoon oats
  • 1 heaped tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 date, pitted
  • 1 heaped teaspoon chocolate powder
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 cup almond milk

Lunchtime: Ever feel sleepy after lunch? That’s likely because your digestive system and blood sugar are bogged down from empty carbs. Try a more wholesome lunch that focuses on protein and wholegrains to fuel you longer without that post-lunch sleepiness.

Roasted chicken and massaged kale wrap: This wrap is delicious and makes for an easy and filling packed lunch. Simply fill up a whole-wheat pita bread with as much chicken and vegetables you want. The quantities are up to you!

Ingredients:
Makes 2 servings

  • 4 large handfuls of kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce (tamari if you’re gluten-free)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon tahini
  • Caramelized onions
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Shredded roast chicken
  • 1 whole wheat pita

Method:

  1. Massage the kale in olive oil, soy sauce, and tahini until wilted.
  2. Add in the chicken, caramelized onions, and sundried tomatoes to the kale and toss well.
  3. Add a generous amount of the salad into your pita wrap right before eating.

Mid-Afternoon Pick-Me Up:
The 3 pm slump is no joke. Whether your body’s natural circadian rhythm is naturally winding down as the sun gets lower, if you’re at wits end in the office and mentally drained, or if your blood sugar is low with your lunch long gone and with a few more hours to go till dinner, an afternoon snack is the perfect opportunity to nourish and energize a tired body. Skip the 3 pm cup of coffee (your sleep quality will thank you!) and try this energizing recipe instead:

Ashwagandha latte: Counter the stresses of your day before it’s even over with a warming Ashwagandha latte. This adaptogenic drink will give your body that caffeine-free boost with the added benefits of feeling calm and relaxed. We added cinnamon to sweeten up this recipe and to help ensure your blood sugar levels stay stable, while a generous serving of nut butter will provide just enough protein and healthy fats to keep you satiated till dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashew milk
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter (you can use almond milk & almond butter, or any nut milk and butter of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon Ashwagandha powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Method:

  1. In a pot, mix the Ashwagandha powder, cinnamon, nut butter and honey with the cashew milk.
  2. Gently heat the mixture.
  3. Pour and serve in your favorite mug

Stay energized throughout the day by stashing these essentials either in your bag or at work to help keep your energy levels up, without worrying about a rollercoaster ride of sudden rises and drops in energy. Have our Ashwagandha on hand to help keep you feeling focused and alert amidst stress which can leave you feeling drained, and pair it with our Ceylon Cinnamon to keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.

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What Causes Hormonal Imbalances?

Hormones are often associated with puberty and a healthy libido, but the truth is, there are so many different kinds of hormones that are responsible for hundreds of bodily processes. Take care of your hormones, your body will thank you for it.

Here are some key hormones that greatly influence our overall wellbeing, and common symptoms that indicate that they may be off balance:

Cortisol:
Cortisol is the hormone our body naturally creates when we’re stressed. Although frequently antagonized, this hormone is crucial for energy and for our body to remain in an active an alert state. The problem with cortisol is too much of it, all the time, is what would be considered an imbalance (like anything). Symptoms of a cortisol imbalance would be feeling restless at night and tired during the day.

Estrogen:
An imbalance in estrogen, particularly too much estrogen is called estrogen dominance. As a primary female sex hormone, estrogen helps to regulate and keep a healthy reproductive system. When there’s an imbalance, too much estrogen can cause heavy periods, moodiness, and weight gain that’s difficult to lose. Too little estrogen on the other hand can cause joint pain and dry skin.

Progesterone:
Progesterone is a steroid hormone and is responsible for a range of bodily functions such as menstruation and pregnancy. Progesterone also helps to stabilize moods so an imbalance in progesterone can be indicated by anxious moods. Look out as well for frequent periods, an chronic tiredness as this could indicate a progesterone imbalance.

Testosterone:
Testosterone, often associated as a male hormone, is actually present and needed in male and female health. Testosterone is needed for a healthy libido, bone health, and muscle development. A testosterone imbalance is associated with fatigue, moodiness and low sex drive.

Thyroid:
A healthy functioning thyroid maintains healthy digestion, regulates the body’s metabolism. Iodine is a in integral nutrient for thyroid health and those lacking could experience an underactive thyroid with symptoms such as irregular periods, mood disorders, hair loss, and chronic fatigue.

How can I balance my hormones?

Balancing your hormones is a lifestyle. While it’s difficult to navigate the complex web of hormones, how they interact with each other and affect your over health, a holistic approach always helps to improve symptoms of hormone imbalances. Seeking a doctor or a specialist, especially for extreme cases of hormonal imbalance, is ideal, but as the person living in your body, you too can take proactive steps to improve your hormone health.

1. Plug nutritional gaps:


Hormone imbalances can be linked to malnutrition. The body needs an adequate amount of nutrients in order to carry out thousands of bodily processes every day. Think of nutrients as gas and your hormone secreting organs as a car. Without gas, the car can’t move. Same for your organs, without adequate nutrients, hormone secreting organs such as the thyroid or ovaries, can’t go to make and release adequate levels of hormones.

Where nutritional gaps are concerned, assess your diet. Is it primarily a varied whole foods diet consisting mostly of plant-based foods? Or does your diet consist mostly of fast food and packaged meals? If your diet is the latter, a hormonal imbalance is a clear indication that it’s time for a change. Pair a nutrient-dense whole foods diet with a quality multivitamin to give your body the nutrients it needs to produce adequate levels of hormones.

2. Address Stress


Chronic stress puts a serious dampener on hormone producing organs due to the inflammatory effects of constant high levels of cortisol and also blocks them from being created, particularly our ovaries which is responsible for the secretion of estrogen and progesterone. This is partially why women who are chronically stressed also suffer from irregular or painful periods. Too much cortisol leads to an imbalance of female sex hormones.

With that said, it’s important to take time to relax and help your body lower cortisol levels on a daily basis to help ensure that your body is in the right state to release other necessary hormones. Whatever relaxes you, don’t only do it, but treat it as a priority. Even just 5 minutes of daily meditation, an hours worth of gentle exercise, or carving out 30 minutes for a healthy and nourishing meal can do wonders in keeping the body balanced.

3. Consider adaptogens


Adaptogens are a special group of plants that have the ability to help bring and keep the body in balance. This is done by nourishing the body accordingly to what it needs. For example, if you’re always tired adaptogens can nourish your thyroid to give you more energy whereas if you’re constantly feeing wired, adaptogens nourish your adrenals to help calm you down.

Where hormone balances are concerned, adaptogens like Ashwagandha help nourish all hormone excreting organs, helping to harmonize any imbalances and bring the body back to a healthier state.

4. Take fish oil


The omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil does wonders for balancing hormones. Not only do they lower inflammation in the body but consuming omega 3 fatty acids also improves testosterone levels, increases serotonin, and balances out estrogen levels. This is why omega 3 fatty acids are particularly beneficial for women experiencing PMS or irregular periods.

Have you ever turned to diet and lifestyle to improve your hormonal imbalances? Try our Ashwagandha, Fish Oil, Multivitamin, and Calm Anti-Anxiety supplements to give your body the nutrients it needs for optimum hormone balance.

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Superfood Recipes

Good nutrition is and will always be the primary means to maintain good health, prevent disease and just overall help you to live your healthiest life.

Here are a few simple recipes, supercharged with our very own Nature’s Health supplements to incorporate into easy recipes you can make everyday.

Coconut Cashew Energy Balls


This recipe is perfect made in large batches and can be formed into balls, raw cookies, or shaped however you like for a superfood energy bite. We love the way the spicy ginger and turmeric compliment the creaminess of oats and cashews.

The recipe is supercharged with anti-inflammatory powerhouse turmeric, which also lends a lovely earthy spice to the energy balls as well as a beautiful golden hue.

Makes 20 balls
Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Pulse the oats and cashews in a food processor or a blender
  2. Add the medjool dates, ground ginger and turmeric
  3. Blend all the ingredients until well incorporated
  4. Roll the mixture into balls and refrigerate for an hour to set.

Adaptogenic Latte


Ashwagandha, literally translated to mean ‘smell of a horse’, can work perfectly into a variety of adaptogenic beverages to start or end your day on a healthy note. If the taste of this ancient super root isn’t particularly palatable for you, know that it mixes well with other ingredients to mask the taste while you get all the benefits.

This latte features the sweet spiciness of cinnamon to balance out the bitterness of Ashwagandha. Drink it in place of your morning coffee for a different kind of energy boost, without the crash, with the added benefit of stabilized blood sugar levels.

Makes 1 serving
Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Pour the almond milk in a pot and heat over a low flame
  2. When warm, mix in the maple syrup, vanilla, ceylon cinnamon, and Ashwagandha and continue to gently warm the mixture just before boiling.
  3. Turn off the heat and give the mixture a good whisk or use a frother to add a layer of foam.
  4. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

Super Greens Smoothie- Cinnamon


This smoothie is best taken as your breakfast. It’s chock full of nutrient dense ingredients that blend so well together into a creamy and seemingly indulgent smoothie to help supercharge the start of your day. We sneak in some spinach as well to help you get greens first thing in the morning while our own Ceylon Cinnamon helps to keep your mind clear and blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (optional: frozen)
  • 50 grams rolled oats
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1 heaped tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • 1 handful of fresh spinach (tip: use frozen spinach if you don’t want to taste it)
  • 2 capsules of Nature’s Health Ceylon Cinnamon (twisted open)

Method:

  1. Place all the ingredients in the blender and pour the almond milk over
  2. Blend until smooth

Golden Hummus


One of our favorite things about turmeric is that it goes so well into sweet and savory dishes alike. Here, we use it in a hummus which gives it a stunning golden hue. Best served with fresh chunks of sourdough bread or simple whole wheat pita and roasted vegetables, or on top of a salad to bring all the ingredients together.

Makes 1 big bowl
Ingredients:

  • 1 can or 400 grams of chickpeas
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 heaped tablespoons tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves (fresh or roasted)
  • 3 capsules of Nature’s Health Turmeric with Ginger (twisted open)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Generous pinch of salt and pepper
  • Smoked paprika to garnish

*Tip: Simply add some water to adjust your consistency

Method:

  1. Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy, and add water to adjust the consistency
  3. Serve in a large bowl and sprinkle over some smoked paprika

Have all the superfood ingredients you need to amp up your healthy recipes with our Nature’s Health Ashwagandha, Ceylon Cinnamon, and Turmeric. Our supplements are pure, all-natural, and made without any fillers so you can easily add them to recipes to enjoy both the taste and benefits of these superfoods. Simply twist open the capsules to get the powder out and use them as ingredients.

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How to Recover from a Burnout Lifestyle

Burnout, it happens to the best of us. 

That feeling of exhaustion that a good night’s sleep just won’t cure (you can’t seem to fall asleep anyway). The mental struggle to get up and do anything and feeling overwhelmed and busy yet feeling unaccomplished. The lack of ability to focus, the non-stop anxiety, feeling too tired to rest and just the all-consuming exhaustion that saps your sense of happiness, vitality, and motivation. 

Stress and a lifestyle that leads to burnout is particularly prevalent in the 21st century. Apart from mental and emotional stress, modern life subjects our body to environmental stressors such as pollution, pesticides, heavy metals, and chemical exposure. These stressors affect our minds and body as much as mental and emotional stress. 

While stress is an inevitable part of life, it’s important to listen to your body’s cues to avoid feeling burned out. With consistency and your long term well-being in mind, here are some holistic ways to help you recover from your burnout lifestyle. 

De-Stress

The old saying ‘you need to take care of yourself before you can take of others’ holds true for anybody wanting to recover from burnout. Chronic stress can lead to burnout so it’s important to take time to de-stress throughout your daily life. 

Realistically, there certainly isn’t any fixed rigid ‘time to de-stress’ schedule that we can adhere to amidst modern life, but the next best thing we can do is to proactively carve out time and seize opportunities for self-care. On some days this could mean taking 3 minutes to meditate, on other days it could mean dinner with friends followed by a massage.

The idea of de-stressing is to unwind from the day, however way works for you, in order reset your mind and body and to prevent stress from building up into burnout. 

Try Ashwagandha

Burnout takes hold of our entire being, and our physical body is one of the first to take the brunt of a burnout lifestyle due to all the cortisol flowing through our body when it’s stressed. 

Manage your exposure to high levels of cortisol by incorporating Ashwagandha into your wellness routine. This ancient adaptogenic root is especially known for reducing stress by helping to nourish the adrenal glands and lowering the amount of cortisol that gets circulated in the body. 

With cortisol regulation, the body is better equipped to deal with stress thanks to Ashwagandha’s relaxing effect on the body. As an adaptogen, it helps stressed bodies to rest, focus, feel energized yet relaxed without the jitters or an energy crash, and essentially bring the body back to equilibrium. 

Detox

With the exposure to all sorts of environmental stressors, it’s especially important to take the time to regularly detoxify our body. 

To keep toxins at bay and to help flush them out, incorporate the following lifestyle practices to help you detoxify:

  • Stay hydrated:

    Aim for at least 8 glasses of water (8 ounces each) to keep your body adequately hydrated, more so as well if you’re an athlete or tend to sweat throughout your daily life. Keep in mind as well that thirst is one of the last signs of being dehydrated, so drink before you’re thirsty to give your body the water it needs carry out and excrete toxins. If water isn’t your choice of beverage, know that green juices, non-caffeinated teas, and fruit & herb infused water all help to keep you hydrated. 

  • Opt for organic:
    Where you can and whenever you can, choose certified organic food. This means vegetables that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides, meat and poultry that were fed organic food and grown without growth hormones and antibiotics. Eating organic food will significantly reduce your exposure to chemicals and various toxins as you won’t be ingesting them. 
  • Care for your liver:
    You liver is your detox organ. In the face of all the environmental stressors that your body is exposed to in the form of toxins, a healthy liver can do an adequate job of ensuring that these toxins don’t build up in your body. This hardworking organ does have its limits though and can be bogged down from too many toxins (find out if your liver needs a detox). Care for your liver with healthy food choices and give it a boost with a liver supplement to keep it working at its best. 
  • Eat your vegetables
    If eating vegetables isn’t part of your regular diet, now is high time to get started, especially if you want to detox your body on a daily basis. Vegetables have all the necessary fibers, antioxidants and phytonutrients that keep your body resilient to environmental stressors and to also help your body get rid of them. 

Changing your lifestyle and habits to recover from and/or prevent burnout doesn’t happen overnight. They’re a conscious collection of choices made on a daily basis that come together and make a big difference in how you can recover from a burnout or stressful lifestyle. 

Keep your body strong in the face of stress with the help of the adaptogenic powers of Ashwagandha. Try our Ashwagandha capsules, made with bio-enhancing black pepper to help your body absorb all the cortisol-regulating benefits of this ancient adaptogenic root.

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Everything you need to know about Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is arguably the wellness world’s favorite adaptogen. It’s been hailed to boost energy, promote calm clarity, strengthen immunity, and may even inhibit cancer. And while many claims of Ashwagandha seem exaggerated to out of this world, let us help you clear up some information and let you know what this potent ancient root can really potentially do for you and your health.

What is an Ashwagandha and why is it an adaptogen?
Known and used in Ayurvedic medicine dating back over 2500 years ago, Ashwagandha is an ancient root originally found in India and North Africa, it is fondly called ‘Indian Ginseng’.

Ashwagandha takes rank as an adaptogen, a classification of various herbs, plants, roots etc., that have the unique ability to promote our overall health by bringing balance to a variety of ailments. The ancient root does this by helping our physiological systems (Thyroid, Adrenals, Nerves etc.) better adapt and respond to external stressors.

For example, adaptogens are often incorporated as part of a healthy lifestyle to promote sleep for those who have insomnia, to help with regularity for those with hormonal imbalances, to encourage mental clarity for those with brain fog, and to induce a sense of calm for those with anxiety.

Depending on an individual’s health issue, adaptogens can help restore the body into equilibrium and alleviate any health issues associated. Research on the different kinds of adaptogens to find what could benefit you. The more well-known adaptogens include Maca, Ginseng, Cordyceps, Rhodiola, and our favorite, Ashwagandha.

Benefits of Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha, in particular, is most famous for its ability to manage stress and counteract its negative effects.

Studies have shown that taking Ashwagandha lowers the stress hormone, cortisol, as well as helped to manage and get past feelings of depression. Take note while this root, nor any single ingredient, can’t fix an inherently stressful lifestyle (you’ll need to make healthy lifestyle adjustments for overall wellbeing), here’s exactly how this ancient root helps you combat stress.

1. Stress reliever


While stress is a normal part of life, always feeling stressed can easily go from a temporary state of mind, to a chronic state of being. Ashwagandha helps to soothe stress in its various forms such as insomnia and anxiety by suppressing hormones that get released when you’re stressed such as cortisol and adrenaline along with prompting your body into a more calm and relaxed state.

2. Thyroid and Hormone Balance


Ashwagandha helps to balance our hormones and thyroid function, both of which when out of balance, make our bodies feel stressed. Stress-induced mood swings, headaches, and lethargy are all indications of a hormone imbalance. Taking Ashwagandha can help to balance your hormones and relieve any negative bodily responses from it.

3. Boosts Energy


Ashwagandha has the wonderful ability to keep you feeling calm without feeling sleepy, and to give you a boost in physical energy and mental clarity without feeling jittery or wired. This is thanks to the roots ability to rejuvenate a tired body, stabilize blood sugar levels, and soothe overly active adrenals. As an adaptogen, Ashwagandha nourishes our body accordingly and helps our body to send itself the correct signals for an energy boosting or relaxation response.

How to take Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has a strong flavor reminiscent of an earthy, almost animal-like musk. Ashwagandha, technically means ‘horse smell’ in Sanskrit. Whether you like the taste of this ancient root or not, ingesting it in a way that suits your lifestyle and palette is all completely up to you. Here are a few ways you can incorporate Ashwagandha into your wellness routine:

1. Adaptogenic Hot chocolate
The bitterness of the Ashwagandha compliment the bitter-sweetness of cacao powder.

Mix the ingredients in a pot over gentle heat:

  • 1/2 teaspoon Ashwagandha Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 cup milk of choice (dairy or plant-based)
  • ½ teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener of choice, we recommend honey or maple syrup

Optional

  • 1 small pinch of salt
  • A splash of vanilla extract

2. Tea

  • Steep Ashwagandha powder into freshly boiled filtered water and steep for 5-7 minutes. Enjoy with a splash of dairy or plant-based milk of your choice and a swirl of honey.

3. Ashwagandha Supplement:
Get all the stress-relieving benefits of Ashwagandha by finding a quality Ashwagandha supplement and simply take the required amount according to the bottle indication or as suggested by your healthcare provider.

Manage a stressful lifestyle with the help of our Ashwagandha. Made with bio-enhancing black pepper to help your body better absorb all the goodness this ancient adaptogenic root has to offer.

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4 Golden Rules to Combat Chronic Fatigue

Are your energy levels always at a low? Whether you’re ‘wired and tired’ or just straight up feeling burnt out most of the time, chronic fatigue is a disorder plaguing many.

Improve your energy levels by following these 4 golden rules to combat chronic fatigue:

1. Identify the source of your fatigue

Feeling fatigue is a normal part of life for every person. Ideally however, with proper hydration, and nutrition, being tired should be remedied with a good night’s sleep.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for many people, and their chronic fatigue isn’t wholly caused by the energy spent in their day to day lives. If you’re always feeling tired despite getting adequate amounts of sleep and eating and drinking well, have yourself checked for the following conditions for any underlying problems:

  • Your adrenals are working on overdrive: Producing too much cortisol, your stress hormone, is notorious for keeping the body in a state of stress and restlessness.
  • You have a thyroid dysfunction: Your thyroid is responsible for a host of metabolic functions, which can greatly affect your energy levels.
  • Hormonal imbalances: Your levels of Estrogen, Testosterone, and Progesterone fluctuate naturally, however severe drops and rises in these hormones is a major cause for fatigue.
  • Your liver is overtaxed: Excess exposure to heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides could be bogging down your liver. If that’s the case, you should consider detoxing your liver to help reset energy levels.

Fatigue has many causes, and it’s not always as simple a reason of not getting enough sleep. In order to improve your energy and quality of life, you’ll need to identify what’s causing your fatigue in order to make the necessary lifestyle adjustments. Consult with your doctor if need be in order to take the correct steps.

2. Cue your body for rest

On the other hand, fatigue can be as simple as not getting enough sleep. By sleep, we mean the quality rest that gives your body the full amount of time to restore and rejuvenate itself from the events of the day.

Quality sleep though can be elusive and going to sleep for most people isn’t as straightforward as lying down in bed and closing your eyes. Ease your mind and body by incorporating a proper nighttime routine to give your body the proper cues for rest so when it is actually time to sleep, your body is adequately prepared. Here are some simple tips to get you started:

  • Don’t eat a heavy dinner: don’t give your digestive system a workout by giving it a lot to digest a few hours before bedtime. The blood needed to digest keeps your body active and unable to fully go into rest mode.
  • Mind the caffeine: Difficulty sleeping can be caused by caffeine still circulating in your body. Try keeping your caffeine consumption at least 6 hours apart from your bedtime. Depending how strong you like your coffee, be mindful of the time apart between your bedtime and your last cup of coffee.
  • Have a digital sunset: Gadgets are highly stimulating and suppress melatonin, your sleep hormone. This combination keeps you awake at night hampering your body from going into the proper sleep cycles of light and deep sleeping.
  • Evening routine: Like babies, adults need an evening routine too in order to know it’s time to sleep. Make an evening routine suited to winding your body down, it can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like, the idea is to relax your body. It can be a short yoga sequence followed by a hot bath, a book and some evening tea etc.
  • Manage your emotions: A full mind is enough to keep anybody awake especially if you’re dealing with negative emotions. Fatigue and negative emotions only exacerbate each other so take control. Try mediating, journaling, gentle exercise etc. to blow off any steam.

3. Exercise

It may sound counter intuitive to exercise in order to get more energy, but it works. Exercise releases a host of feel good chemicals into our blood stream which help burn off any negative energy and the increased circulation boosts overall energy. Exercise helps to keep overall balance in our body, which is needed for it to fall asleep.

4. Balance Out Tired Energy with Ashwagandha

Tracing back over 2500 years ago, Ashwagandha is an ayurvedic superstar of a medicine due to its ability to heal so many different issues in our bodies.

As an apoptogenic herb, Ashwagandha has been the go-to remedy for chronic fatigue. It’s ability to energize the body without feeling jittery, to calm the nerves without making you feel sleepy, Ashwagandha essentially brings your body back to equilibrium, regardless of where the imbalance is coming from.

Remember that fatigue can be caused by a lot of underlying issues? Ashwagandha can help remedy that. So if you have fatigue stemming from issues in your adrenal glands, thyroid, hormones or liver, Ashwagandha can help and prove to be incredibly healing to help alleviate them.

Say goodbye to fatigue and enjoy your day with a clear mind and good energy by incorporating Ashwagandha into your wellness routine. Ours comes with black pepper, an all-natural bio-enhancer, helping you to get the most of this ancient super root.

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