gain natural ENERGY and reduce stress with Ashawagandha

Are you constantly feeling fatigued this time of the year? Having a hard time waking up in the morning?  Feeling the negative effects of stress?  If you find yourself desperately seeking ways to feel energized and rid stress look no further…

In Ayurvedic medicine,  Ashwagandha root  is considered an ‘adaptogen’,  a term used to describe herbs that improve physical energy and athletic ability, increase immunity to colds and infections, and increase fertility and sexual capacity.

Ashwagandha, also knows as Winter Cherry, has a vast list of  health benefits.  The herb naturally restores  the body’s physical and mental energy. Ashwagandha helps stimulate cognitive function as well as awaken the mind and body. Not only does this wonder herb give you natural energy through out the day- it actually supports restful sleep as well, best of both worlds!

Studies have shown that Ashwagandha root can strengthen the immune system,  reduce the negative side effects caused by stress, as well as lower blood sugar levels (eliminating those mid-day sugar cravings).  It is also known to relieve stress and relax the central nervous system by soothing the adrenal glands, which are responsible for producing cortisol. It is crucial  to have properly working adrenal glands in order to feel energized. Ashwagandha allows the body to adapt to stress-  including mental, emotional, physical and environmental. It also helps reduce anxiety and contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

You can find Ashwagandha capsules in health food stores or any herbal website.

*May experience minor drowsiness within the first few days of  taking Ashwagandha due to the way it works with the body to relieve stress, but it will subside. As with all herbal supplements find out what works best with your body and make sure to take recommended doses.

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top 10 superfoods and tonic herbs

Make sure to add these superfoods to your diet. They are the most concentrated and nutrient dense foods and herbs on the planet!

Superfoods “tremendously increase the vital force and energy of one’s body, and are the optimum choice for improving over-all health, boosting the immune system, elevating serotonin production, enhancing sexuality, cleansing, lowering inflammation, and alkalizing the body.” – David Wolfe

1. Cacao (Raw Chocolate) — The seed/nut of a fruit of an Amazonian tree, cacao is the highest antioxidant food on the planet, the #1 source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, manganese, and chromium and is also extremely high in PEA, theobromine (cardiovascular support), and anandamide (“bliss chemical”). Raw Chocolate
improves cardiovascular health, builds strong bones, is a natural aphrodisiac, elevates your mood and energy, and increases longevity.
2. Goji Berries (Wolfberries) — Used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years, goji berries are regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and potency food of the highest order. This superfood contains 18 kinds of amino acids, including all 8 essential amino acids, up to 21 trace minerals, high amounts of antioxidants, iron, polysaccharides, B & E vitamins, and many other nutrients.
3. Maca — A staple in the Peruvian Andes for thousands of years, this adaptogenic superfood increases energy, endurance, strength, and libido. Dried maca powder contains more than 10% protein, nearly 20 amino acids, including 7 essential amino acids. As a root crop, maca contains five times more protein than a potato and four
times more fiber.
4. Hemp Products eaten in their RAW form — Hemp seeds are packed with 33% pure digestible protein,and are rich in iron, amino acids, and vitamin E as well as omega-3’s and GLA. Hemp is a perfect food for growing children and adults looking to increase protein intake.
5. Spirulina and AFA Blue-Green Algae — Spirulina is the world’s highest source of complete protein (65%). Spirulina provides a vast array of minerals, trace elements, phytonutrients, and enzymes. AFA Blue-green algae is a wild-grown superfood that is made up of 15% blue pigmented phycocyanin which, according to Christian Drapeau in his book Primordial Food, increases our internal production of stem cells. Both Sprirulina and Blue-green Algae are vital superfoods.
6. Bee Products (honey, pollen, and propolis) — Bee pollen is the most complete food found in nature containing nearly all B vitamins especially vitamin B-9 (folate) and all 21 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Honey, in its organic/wild, raw, unfiltered states is rich in minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, and enzymes, and is
one of the highest vibration foods on the planet. If your metabolism can handle sweeteners, honey is the best. Russian research indicates that honey is a longevity superfood.
7. Camu Berry — Highest Vitamin C source on planet. Great for rebuilding tissue, purifying blood, and enhancing immunity, and energy. Camu berry is one of the best anti-depressants, immune building, and eye-nourishing superfoods in the world.
8. Sea Vegetables (kelp, dulse, nori, hijiki, bladderwrack, chlorella, etc) — Rich in life-giving nutrients drawn in from the ocean and sun, sea vegetables help remove heavy metals, detoxify the body of radioactive iodine, provide numerous trace minerals, regulate immunity, and decrease the risk of cancer. Seaweeds benefit the entire body, and are especially excellent for the thyroid, immune system, adrenals, and hormone function.
9. Medicinal Mushrooms (Reishi, chaga, cordyceps, maitake, shiitake, lion’s mane, etc.) — High in polysaccharides and super immune enhancing components, medicinal mushrooms are one of the most intelligent adaptogenic herb/superfoods on the planet! They have also been proven effective in healing cancer and a variety of other ailments.
10. Additional Powerful Superfoods and Supplements — MSM, Digestive and Metabolic Enzymes, Mangosteen powder, Marine Phytoplankton, Activated Liquid Zeolite, Ormus, MegaHydrate, Crystal Energy, Krill Oil (not vegan, lowest on the food-chain, a source of long-chain omega 3 fatty acids).

Resources:  Raw Foods Summary by David Wolfe