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Adrenal Fatigue - Fact or Fiction?

Adrenal Fatigue - Fact or Fiction?

These days it is common to hear the term “adrenal fatigue” thrown around in alternative medical circles.  It is a term used to identify a condition in which a person’s adrenal glands no longer function at an optimum level, causing a whole host of body issues.  

A quick Google search reveals that there are conflicting opinions regarding whether adrenal fatigue is a real condition or not. Traditional medicine does not often acknowledge its existence, while alternative medicine has been treating it for years with excellent results.

But what exactly is adrenal fatigue, and how can you know if you have it?

The Science Behind Adrenal Fatigue

As the name implies, adrenal fatigue is caused by overworked adrenal glands, which is a much more common situation than you might think.

The adrenal glands produce cortisol, otherwise known as the stress hormone. And as everyone not living under a rock knows, stress is a daily part of life.

Constant stress = constant adrenal function. They never really get a break, which is not what nature intended.

Cortisol has a bad rap, but it is actually a vital part of healthy function.

According to WebMD, cortisol is:

...nature’s built-in alarm system. It’s your body’s main stress hormone. It works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation, and fear.

Your adrenal glands -- triangle-shaped organs at the top of your kidneys -- make cortisol.

It’s best known for helping fuel your body’s “fight-or-flight” instinct in a crisis, but cortisol plays an important role in a number of things your body does. For example, it:

  • Manages how your body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
  • Keeps inflammation down
  • Regulates your blood pressure
  • Increases your blood sugar (glucose)
  • Controls your sleep/wake cycle
  • Boosts energy so you can handle stress and restores balance afterward”

So yes, cortisol is important. And yes, adrenal fatigue is a thing.

The Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

As a person under constant stress (aka a member of the human race) you may be asking yourself what the symptoms of adrenal fatigue are and whether or not you have it. 

According to drwillcole.com, the symptoms of adrenal fatigue are:

  • Trouble getting started in the morning
  • Cravings for salty or sugary foods
  • Low libido
  • Afternoon fatigue
  • Getting a “second wind” in the evening
  • Trouble staying asleep
  • Dizziness when standing up quickly
  • Afternoon headaches
  • Blood sugar issues
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Thinner, weaker nails
  • Moodiness
  • Difficulty losing weight

So if you are experiencing some (or god forbid all) of the symptoms on this list, chances are your adrenal glands need support.

The Solution to Adrenal Fatigue

The first thing to do if you suspect adrenal fatigue is to avoid preventable sources of physical and mental stress.

Have you ever heard the saying, “Food is medicine”? It comes from the belief that what you put into your body will have a direct effect on its function.

With that in mind, try to eliminate chemical preservatives and dyes, added sugar, and excess caffeine from your diet. Instead, eat nutrient-dense vegetables and organic, high-protein meats.

In addition to fixing your diet, your best bet is to give your adrenals the “first aid” they need with supplements such as adaptogens.

Adaptogens are all-natural substances that are designed to support homeostasis in your cells. They identify areas of stress and step in with additional support.

Adaptogens are specially adapted (pun intended) to restore and support the natural function of your adrenal glands.

The proof?

People who take them report better sleep, more energy, less irritability, and improved general health - all signs of happy adrenals.

So do yourself a favor and start supporting your adrenals today. Your body will thank you!

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The Fabulous Four of the Adaptogen World

The Fabulous Four of the Adaptogen World

Adaptogens are fairly new in the world of natural supplements. They are growing rapidly in popularity due to their effectiveness, but it is still common for many people to hear the word “adaptogen” and think, “what-ogen?”

So what are adaptogens?

We’re glad you asked.

Adaptogens get their name from their unique ability to help the human body adapt to the physical and mental stresses we encounter on a daily basis. They are plant-sourced substances that give the body a boost where it is needed most.

Adaptogens work by “stepping in” where your body’s organs and systems have gotten “out of whack”. They restore something known as “homeostasis”. Homeostasis is a word used to describe a state of perfect balance.

Homeostasis is the natural state of the human body, but there are many things that can cause things to be thrown out of kilter. Poor diet, exposure to chemicals in our food and body products, and even illness and injury all share a role in creating imbalances. Imbalances lead to stress.

Adaptogens are designed (by nature) to isolate areas of internal stress and get to work.

I’m sure you’re wondering, “If adaptogens are so great, why is this the first I’m hearing of them?”

It’s a good question. The truth is that adaptogens are a relatively new discovery and their attributes are only now being discovered in the Western world. Luckily we have discovered them their top-performing varieties:

Golden Root (Rhodiola rosea)

Golden root (also known as arctic root) grows naturally in the alpine regions of Europe and Asia. As the name suggests, the root of the plant is medicinal and has been used by the people of those regions for centuries, primarily to treat stress and fatigue.

Different adaptogens “specialize” in different functions and systems in the body. Golden root helps cells produce energy and even helps with brain function. Not bad for a root pulled out of the ground!

Maral Root (Leuzia carthamoides)

Another root from Asia, maral root has been used in alternative medicine for quite some time but only recently has been identified as an adaptogen.

Like golden root, maral root has specific uses. It has been shown to help with muscle strength and recovery. Due to this, it is especially popular with athletes looking for natural support. It is also known as a natural way to treat sexual dysfunction in men.

Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticocus)

As the name indicates, Siberian ginseng is a plant found growing in Siberia. Contrary to its name, however, it is not actually a member of the ginseng family. However, it shares many of the same properties as traditional ginsengs.

Siberian ginseng is good for the heart and blood vessels. It also naturally supports sleep without making the patient drowsy. In addition to these great benefits, Siberian ginseng also provides a boost the immune system.

Limonnik (Schizandra chinensis)

The last of our fabulous four is called Limonnik and is grown in Russia and China. Unlike the other three on our list, this adaptogen comes not from the roots of a plant but from its berries. Limonnik has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.

Limonnik benefits a system we haven’t talked much about yet: the nervous system. Specifically, limonnik supports your spinal reflexes. These are the reflexes at play when the doctor hits your knee with his little triangular mallet, or when you duck from something heading at your face before you even really register it’s there. They are the reflexes beneath conscious action, and we need them to stay alive and to respond to our environment.

Bringing Them All Together

These four adaptogens (golden root, maral root, Siberian ginseng, and Limonnik) are the most effective adaptogens on the market. BOOSTme’s formulas bring all four together in a proven blend to support you body’s systems and re-establish homeostasis. You can find our more about this amazing blend here.

How To Improve Overall Health Holistically

How To Improve Overall Health Holistically

We all know that we should strive to be healthier. But what does that even mean? When you compare the average health of an adult today to one that lived 100 years ago, some interesting things jump out at you:

  • Deaths from pneumonia and influenza have dropped markedly. Pneumonia was the leading cause of death in 1900, but as of 1997, it accounts for less than 5% of all deaths.
  • Modern medicine has reduced some diseases to mere footnotes in history. Tuberculosis used to be the number two killer. Now it isn’t even in the top ten.
  • Modern life has also come with some negative impacts on health. Heart disease has replaced pneumonia as the leading cause of death.
  • Cancer is now a close second.

So while modern medicine has improved life in many ways, some modern lifestyles are actually destroying health slowly.

If you are looking for a quick, overnight miracle cure, this isn’t the blog for you. When it comes to genuinely and sustainably improving health, it takes hard work and dedication.

But it is worth it.

If you want to improve health holistically, the main areas to focus on are sleep, exercise, and diet.

Sleep:

Sleep is the body’s opportunity to heal itself. You go through wear and tear during the day. Sleep is your body’s chance to repair the damage done.

People who get enough sleep (7-9 hours for most adults) are better able to fight infections and even cancer. In fact, according to U.S. News & World Report:

“A growing body of research into the connection between sleep and chronic diseases has noted that there could be an association between shut-eye and your chances of being diagnosed with an illness such as diabetes or cancer later on.”

Good sleep also slows the aging process and improves a person’s mental state. So getting enough sleep is a no-brainer.

Exercise:

The human body is designed to be actively used on a far greater scale than our current lifestyles allow for.

Think back to caveman days. Our ancestors walked everywhere, hunted food, and built things with their bare hands.

Even going back only 100 years or so, nearly 100% of Americans lived on farms or in rural areas. They would be using their bodies from dawn until dusk.

These days only 1% of the population lives on farms. And most of them have automated systems and vehicles to do most of the work.

Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily.

Does it lead to a more sedentary lifestyle? Most definitely.

Doing enough exercise keeps your core strong and greatly reduces the aches and pains you will encounter as you grow older.

Diet:

What you put in your body matters. These days our food is filled with chemicals, fats, dyes, and empty carbs. It’s no wonder that heart disease, obesity, and cancer affect us at far higher rates than at any previous time in history.

In order to achieve true, sustainable health, you need to live and eat consciously. Vary your diet with many fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Eat responsibly-farmed, organic meat.

Yes, your grocery bill may be slightly higher. But in many cases buying fresh ingredients and preparing your own meals can be cost-effective. And you will save thousands on future medical bills.

Adaptogens:

Another important but often overlooked factor in holistic health is the use of quality supplements. This is especially important if your lifestyle to date has led to deficiencies (nearly impossible to avoid these days.)

One of the best supplements you can take is a blend of adaptogens. Why?

Because they address internal imbalances and lead to an improvement in two of the categories mentioned above: quality sleep and energy production for exercise. They are also 100% organic and food-sourced, making them a great addition to any diet.

Get your adaptogens today to start reaping the benefits of improved health from the inside out!

Tips For Improving Sleep

Tips For Improving Sleep

Sleep is a crucial part of a happy, healthy life. Without enough sleep, we are more prone to physical and mental stress, illness, and injury. Sleep is the body’s opportunity to repair damage and recharge. It plays a vital role in our mental state and our ability to learn new things. 

If sleep is so important (and we all instinctively know it is) then why is it so hard to get?!

The truth is there could be many reasons quality sleep eludes you. But here are the top ways you can get those extra zzzzz’s:

Unplug!

When seeking a quality night’s sleep, it is important to avoid artificial light shining directly into your face in the half an hour or so before bed.

Why?

The answer takes us back to our ancestral roots. Our bodies are hardwired to know that dark = sleep time and light = wakey, wakey. It is literally ingrained in our DNA.

When the blue light from our smartphones or laptops shines into our pupils, it sends a signal to our brains to stay on alert and produce less melatonin (the sleep hormone). So if you are on your device right before bedtime, you are sending yourself mixed signals.

The result? Difficulty falling asleep.

To help yourself fall asleep with ease, put the devices away at least 30 minutes before you want to go to bed.

Go For A Walk

This one might seem counter-intuitive but bear with me. We are not talking a speed-walking hike here, We are talking a nice, relaxing walk around your neighborhood.

This can help in several ways:

  • It can burn off some excess energy.
  • It can serve as “decompression” time. Use it as a time to take your attention off your problems and stress and instead take in the world around you. And keep that phone in your pocket, not in your hand!
  • It can provide extra exercise which can actually improve sleep. In facts, studies have shown that exercises like walking may promote falling asleep.

Keep Electronics Away From Your Bed

Electronics are wonderful in many ways, but they can also be detrimental. We already covered the effect that the blue light from the screen can have.

But did you know that the signals sent and received from your phone can interfere with your sleep? Cellphones work by emitting and receiving radio frequency energy. Is this harmful to humans? Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell because we haven’t had cell phones long enough to have long-term studies and tests.

However, many people report an improvement in the quality of their sleep when they leave their devices in another room for the night.

Happy Adrenals = Happy Sleeper

When your adrenals are overworked from constant cortisol production (virtually impossible to avoid in today’s stressful world) your quality of sleep can suffer.

Most people think of cortisol as the stress hormone. But did you know that cortisol also controls the sleep/wake cycle?

Healthy adrenals produce cortisol efficiently. This leads to an easier time falling asleep and better quality (more restful) sleep during the night.

So what’s the best way to have healthy adrenals?

Avoid adrenal-harming foods such as sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and processed foods. Instead, consume lots of foods high in magnesium and healthy fats.

After a lifetime of ignoring the health of your adrenals, it is likely that they will need some additional support to get them “back on their feet”. That’s where adaptogens come in. The four ingredients in our adaptogen blend are ideal for supporting adrenal health (and cellular health in general.)

Adaptogens step in where the body is stressed out and underperforming. They support your cells to re-establish homeostasis.

You’ll be surprised just how quickly they work and how much better you’ll feel after you start a daily regimen that includes adaptogens.

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5 Healthy Habits You Should Establish And Maintain

5 Healthy Habits You Should Establish And Maintain

These days everyone is looking for ways to be healthy. As a society, we have become more conscious of the long-term effects of poor diet and exercise. Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and a host of others have been an increasing concern for decades.

People want solutions, but the problem is that everywhere you turn there is a new wonder diet or miracle pill “guaranteed” to bring better health.

Misinformation and data overload make educating yourself on health challenges. The good news is that there are a few basics that apply no matter your body type, age, or any other factor. Here they are:

Drink Enough Water

It is common knowledge that humans are more than 50% water. So just from a numbers standpoint, it makes sense that replenishing your body’s water is a smart idea. In fact, drinking enough water will prevent such things as:

  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Heat injury
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Seizures
  • Low blood volume (potentially life-threatening)

Drinking enough water is especially important when the weather is hot, when you are sick, or when you are exercising.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is crucial to maintaining health. It is Mother Nature’s way of helping us recharge our “batteries”.

Specifically, sleep is the time when our organs repair themselves. During the sleep cycle, T-cells (immune cells) roam throughout the body, destroying any invaders (such as bacteria or germs).

And according to Harvard.edu, “chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality.” So getting enough sleep is obviously important.

There is some debate about what is “enough” sleep. However, it generally accepted that the average adult needs 7 - 9 hours of quality sleep a night.

Exercise Regularly

This one’s a no-brainer. The human body was designed to be used. Up until the advent of machines and especially electronics, people were physically active on a daily basis.

Computers and automation brought many advantages, but one downside is the vast increase in those who lead a sedentary (mainly sitting or inactive) lifestyle.

The solution is to set up an exercise regimen that you love and then stick to it no matter what.

There will always be an excuse not to exercise. But the result will be an out-of-shape body and a limitation on the activities you can enjoy.

So join a gym, sign up for a class, or exercise from home. What you do doesn’t matter as much as whether you do it consistently.

Take Some “Me” Time

This one may not be as obvious as the others, but it is just as important. Caring for your family and performing well at your job are usually the main focuses of a person’s life.

And rightly so. The ability to help others is one of mankind’s highest callings.

But how well will you be able to care for others if you don’t care for yourself?

Take a few minutes every day to read a book, go for a walk, paint, or whatever else floats your boat. Experiment until you find the things that bring you joy, then allow yourself to focus on them for a few minutes a day.

Food As Medicine

There is a growing recognition among informed adults that true health begins in the kitchen.

The more home-cooked meals you eat, the better your health will be. This is because you have control over the ingredients and can avoid sugar, processed foods, and chemicals.

As a part of the whole “food as medicine” movement, look for supplements (such as adaptogens) made from whole food sources rather than synthetic ingredients. These types of supplements work in harmony with your body’s functions.

So take advantage of everything adaptogens can offer you: increased energy, better sleep, and improved overall health. And if you use the Subscribe and Save feature you can keep the adaptogen benefits coming at a lower price!

You Are What You Eat - Whole Foods For a Whole Life

You Are What You Eat - Whole Foods For a Whole Life

It doesn’t take a genius to see that the health of the average American has declined over the years. All it takes is a walk down Main Street in any town or city in the country where you will see overweight, under-exercised people everywhere.

Did you know that roughly one third of the adult population in America is obese?

It’s true.

An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that in 2008, the obesity rate among adult males was 32.2%. The rate for adult women was even higher at 35.5%.

And did you know that the average adult between the ages of 35 and 49 uses 6 different prescription medications per year? This number more than doubles to 13 prescriptions for those between 50 and 64 years of age.

Finding the Root of the Problem: The American Diet

These statistics are alarming and do not bode well for our country’s future if the source of the problem is not identified and addressed.

It’s no coincidence that the American diet consists of a high percentage of processed foods and our obesity rates and dependence on medications continue to rise.

And we’re not just talking about food at places like McDonald’s and Burger King.

Have you ever tried to go on a no-sugar diet? Sounds easy, right?

Wrong.

If you read the labels, you’ll see that everything has added sugar. The only way to avoid sugar is to make everything from scratch.

In addition to added sugar, processed foods often have added chemicals to make them taste better and last longer.

And guess how many studies there have been on the consequences of all possible chemical interactions in the foods we eat.

Zero.

Because it’s just not feasible to test all possible combinations.

And it’s not just about what’s added to processed foods. It’s just as important to consider that many essential nutrients are often removed before the food ever hits our plates.

So How Do We Solve The American Diet and its Side Effects?

As with so many things, there is no miracle cure. But there is a way to use your diet to improve your health:

The answer is to make your own meals with ingredients you have control over because you put them there yourself.

Is it more work to do this?

Yes.

Is it worth it?

YES! Study after study has shown that people who regularly eat home-cooked meals lead healthier lives.

There are some people who claim it is too much work or too expensive to do this. It certainly is more time consuming to cook for yourself than to just heat something up in the microwave.

But is the time saved really worth the health lost?

And though buying ingredients may add some cost to your weekly grocery bill, the savings from reduced medical bills and fewer prescriptions will more than make up for this.

And the improved quality of life, especially as you age, will be priceless.

Mother Nature Got it Right

When it comes to providing what our bodies need, Mother Nature knows her stuff.

It was only when humans started messing with our natural food sources that our foods started working against us rather than for us.

Along with a diet rich in whole foods, adaptogens can go a long way towards improving overall health. Our adaptogens are sourced from 100% organic, wild-grown plant sources. In other words, they are whole foods.

Our adaptogens are perfect just the way they are found in nature, so we don’t add any sugar, fat, gluten, or other substances to them before they are delivered to you.

Order some today to experience their energy-boosting, homeostasis-bringing awesomeness!

And if you use the Subscribe and Save feature you can get the same amazing adaptogen blend at a 25% discount!

How To Set Health Goals...And Achieve Them!

How To Set Health Goals...And Achieve Them!

It’s 2019 and there are just about as many health trends and miracle diets out there as there are days in the year. You’ve probably seen the meme that goes something like:

Eat lots of protein and avoid carbs. But be sure to carbo load and don’t starve yourself...except when you are intermittently fasting. Don’t drink too much water, and also stay hydrated. Eat five small meals a day. Also, eat two large meals a day and don’t snack….

You get the picture.

It’s impossible to follow all the health advice out there and stay sane. Most of it is contradictory and besides that, human beings don’t usually fall into a “one answer is right for everyone” mold when it comes to health.

Know Thyself: Listen to What Your Body Is Telling You

The first step to setting and achieving health goals is to keep your own counsel.

By all means, listen to your friend’s advice or try out the latest and greatest diet you read about. But keep in mind that what is good for others might not work for you, and that’s ok. The key is to keep experimenting until you find something that works for you.

And don’t give up until you find it.

You’ll know it when you do. Suddenly you start losing weight more rapidly. Or you’ll find that you are actually looking forward to a certain workout instead of dragging yourself through it (or at least experiencing less dread than with all the others.)

Listen to what your body is telling you. Mother Nature doesn’t often screw up. We just don’t usually slow down enough to hear what she has to say.

Moderation in All Things: Setting Yourself Up to Win

Enthusiasm is all well and good. It should be encouraged and supported. But it is a rookie mistake to set a sky-high, overly-ambitious goal in the first rush of health-goal bliss.

You know what I’m talking about:

“I’m going to run two miles every other night and do a 30-minute core workout on the other nights!”

Okay, Ms/Mr hasn’t-exercised-in-months/years, you are going to go from 0 to 60 just like that, huh?

If you can, more power to you! But for the rest of us, try setting a goal like this:

“I’m going to go out for a run twice this week and do at least one core workout.”

You may not be beach-body ready in a week, but you will be two runs and one core workout closer to that goal than you were a week ago, and you’ll be much more likely to stick with your plan. You can always increase the size of the goal as you get stronger and establish a new routine.

And don’t forget: failure to follow through on a goal (like succumbing to that ice cream craving after you swore off sugar) is not the end of the world. It’s a minor setback. Never use something like that as an excuse to just give up entirely. Acknowledge the minor misstep and try again tomorrow. Good health is a marathon, not a sprint.

Give Yourself an Energy-boosting Advantage

Any goal is easier to achieve when you have a high level of energy. But most energy-boosting products are loaded with caffeine and sugar - not exactly health-goal-friendly ingredients.

Adaptogens are the perfect solution to this problem! They boost energy naturally by helping to reduce stress at a cellular level.

Health cells = more energy = a more motivated you.

And BOOSTme’s adaptogens are gluten-free, organic, GMO-free, trans-fat-free, and have no added sugar. So they support both you and your health goals.

And if you use the Subscribe and Save feature you can save 25% and guarantee delivery every month to keep the adaptogen benefits coming!

How To Maintain Healthy Adrenals Naturally

How To Maintain Healthy Adrenals Naturally

The adrenal glands are the unsung heroes of the human body. They get a bad rap because of their association with stress, but without them, we would lack the fight-or-flight response that has kept humans alive through the ages.

But what exactly are adrenal glands? And do we really have to pay that much attention to them?

Your adrenals are two small, triangular-shaped glands located on top of your kidneys. They are each about 1.5 inches wide and 3 inches long. But even though they are small, they are mighty.

Your adrenals are in charge of some very important functions. Ever heard of a minor internal process called metabolism? Not possible without your adrenals.

And if you’ve ever gotten out of a scary situation due to heightened adrenaline giving you the kick you need, you have your adrenals to thank.

So yes, your adrenals are important and deserve love and care. Otherwise, you end up with:

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is bad news when it comes to overall health. It is exactly what it sounds like:

Your adrenals become overworked and exhausted and are therefore unable to function at normal levels. And what causes this overwork?

Constant stress.

Our bodies were actually designed quite brilliantly to produce hormones that would kick us into high, survival-is-everything mode when stress is present. When we encounter a stressful situation, our adrenals produce cortisol to create extra energy for our fight-or-flight response.

The problem?

In modern life, stress is always present. And your adrenals can’t tell the difference between actual, my-life-is-in-danger stress and humdrum, first-world problem stress.

The bottom line?

Your adrenals end up always “on” and almost never get a moment to rest. This can lead to adrenal fatigue symptoms such as:

  • Allergies
  • Poor sleep
  • Loss of energy
  • Fatigue
  • Nervousness
  • Digestive problems
  • And more

In other words, your quality of life will suffer right along with your adrenals.

How To Support Your Adrenals

The good news is that all is not lost if you suspect you have adrenal fatigue. The first thing you should do is make some lifestyle changes:

Adrenal fatigue is caused by constant stress, so eliminating sources of stress and setting aside time to consciously take care of yourself should be a priority. Some suggestions for this include:

  • Noticing if certain people tend to increase your stress. Limit your time with them as much as possible.
  • Exercising frequently. You will feel good, and exercise counts as “me” time!
  • Putting the screens down and walking away. Instead, read a book, play a game, or interact with others in some way.. Studies show that increased screen use leads to a corresponding increase in stress markers.

There are also nutrient-dense foods that support healthy adrenal function. Some of these are:

  • Avocado
  • Fish high in healthy fats (i.e. salmon)
  • Nuts
  • Fermented foods
  • For a more complete list, go here

Fix The Problem At The Source - The Magic of Adaptogens

Reducing stress and improving your diet are both important. But what about if your adrenals are already stressed out? Is there anything you can do to speed up the healing process naturally?

Yes!

Adaptogens are 100% natural herbs that have an amazing benefit for the human body: the ability to address stress at the cellular level to bring about and maintain homeostasis (balance). Adaptogens were named for their ability to help your body adapt to stress.

So when it comes to healthy adrenal function, adaptogens were tailor-made (by Mother Nature) for the job.

The benefits of adaptogens have to be felt to be believed. So if you are feeling constantly stressed, fatigued, etc., give them a try!

And if you use the Subscribe and Save feature you can save 25% and guarantee delivery every month to keep the adaptogen benefits coming!

The Best Herbs To Help Manage Stress

stress herbs

Stress is a word that needs no explanation in today’s society. It comes from many sources and is different for everyone. But no matter the source, stress can lead to poor sleep, premature aging, headaches, and a host of other problems. But not to worry! There are things you can do to give your stressed-out body a break.

Support Your Stressed-out System

Here are some suggestions to help support your body so it can continue to support you in your quest to keep go, go, going. These suggestions are probably obvious, but they bear repeating.

(And as the title of this article implies, there are herbs that actually do relieve the physiological damage of stress. But more on that in a moment.) The herbs we will talk about later will be even more effective if you do the following:

  • Get enough sleep. It’s your body’s natural way to repair damage and recharge. A late night or two won’t kill you, but constantly staying up to get “one more thing” done while telling yourself you can sleep when you’re dead is not a great plan. According to the National Sleep Foundation, we need 7-9 hours of sleep to function well.
  • Drink a lot of water. You know this one already, so I’ll just remind you that the average adult should be drinking two liters a day!
  • Exercise regularly. The human body was designed to be used far more often than the average modern life permits. Find an exercise routine that works for you and stick with it. You’ll be surprised by how much better you feel when you do.

And now for those herbs we were talking about:

Adaptogens to the Rescue

Adaptogens are substances discovered by Russian scientists in the 1940s. They get their name from their ability to help the human body adapt to stress at a cellular level.

Adaptogens help with something called homeostasis, which is the word for when your body is functioning normally and in perfect balance. Stress can break down a cell’s ability to do its job. Adaptogens are like the support staff surrounding your cells and restoring normal function.

Sounds pretty good, right? Let me introduce you to the top four adaptogenic herbs:

Rhodiola rosea (golden root):

This adaptogen is made from an alpine grassy plant and helps with muscle fatigue, mental fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and attention deficit. It supports your body's ability to recover from mental and physical stress, thus leading to higher levels of energy naturally.

Siberian ginseng:

We've all heard of ginseng when it comes to health food products. This particular form of ginseng helps with repeated stress such as exercises or unusual levels of physical exertion.

Siberian ginseng helps oxygen reach tired muscles. It also supports your endocrine glands, and this, in turn, creates higher levels of naturally produced and sustained energy. The endocrine system also includes the pineal gland which produces melatonin. Melatonin is that handy little hormone that helps your body sleep.

Maral root:

Maral root grows in alpine regions and helps with fighting muscle fatigue, growing muscle, fighting mental fatigue, and improving sexual function. It also helps address insomnia.

Limonnik:

This handy berry is from another plant that grows in the cold Russian climate. It helps improve the health of the nervous system. Specifically, it improves a person's spinal reflexes. And you guessed it - a healthy nervous system can lead to better overall health.

So there you have it! Adaptogens can help you combat stress at the cellular level and have you feeling better in no time.

And if you use the Subscribe and Save feature you can save 25% and guarantee delivery every month to keep the adaptogen benefits coming!

Cortisol: Good or Bad? How to Maintain a Healthy Balance

Cortisol: Good or Bad? How to Maintain a Healthy Balance

Cortisol has gotten a bad reputation in the world today. It is said to cause a number of health problems including anxiety, high blood pressure, and strokes. But is cortisol itself bad? Or is just harmful when an imbalance is created in your body?

To answer this question, let’s first discuss what cortisol actually is:

According to WebMD, cortisol is:

...nature’s built-in alarm system. It’s your body’s main stress hormone. It works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation, and fear.

Your adrenal glands -- triangle-shaped organs at the top of your kidneys -- make cortisol.

It’s best known for helping fuel your body’s “fight-or-flight” instinct in a crisis, but cortisol plays an important role in a number of things your body does. For example, it:

  • Manages how your body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
  • Keeps inflammation down
  • Regulates your blood pressure
  • Increases your blood sugar (glucose)
  • Controls your sleep/wake cycle
  • Boosts energy so you can handle stress and restores balance afterward”

If cortisol helps with all these things, it seems pretty important to a body’s healthy function. So how did it end up with a bad rap?

Cortisol Imbalance = Trouble Ahead

Did you know that cortisol is also known as the “healing hormone”? It’s true. Cortisol in balance is actually indispensable to normal function. So how does it become harmful?

Well, cortisol is produced when your body is experiencing stress. It helps to turn off less important functions so that your body’s resources and energy can be diverted to vital systems. This is both a useful and essential evolutionary defense mechanism to make us function at optimum levels when survival is threatened.

But what if you are constantly under stress?

Your cortisol production “switch” can get stuck in the on position.

Handling Stress “Organically”

In this day and age, avoiding stress is easy…..

…...said no one ever. Unfortunately, stress is just a part of modern life. How we handle stress can have a large influence on our overall quality of life. There are many things you can do to manage stress, but one of the most effective ones is to address its physiological effects from the inside out:

As covered earlier, cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands. These glands are sensitive to stress. Through continuous production of cortisol, something called adrenal fatigue can set in and you can become less able to produce the number of hormones you need.

As you can imagine, this can lead to a whole host of body problems including:

  • Tiredness
  • Low energy levels
  • Mental “fog”
  • And much more

Knowing how continuous stress can overwork your adrenals, it becomes obvious that taking care of these important glands will lead to better health.

Adaptogens to the Rescue

What are adaptogens? They are wild-crafted herbs with adaptogenic properties. But what exactly does this mean?

Adaptogens got their name because they help the cells in your body ADAPT to environments that are putting stress on your body. They help handle stress from the inside out at a physiological level.

Stress = cortisol production. Too much or constant stress = adrenals that never shut off.

Since adaptogens are designed (by nature) to address stress at a cellular level, they are specially adapted (no pun intended) to support your adrenals and address cortisol imbalance.

So is cortisol good or bad?

Answer:

Cortisol in balance is essential to healthy function. So if your energy level has been dragging, you’ve been having trouble sleeping, or you’ve been under constant stress, your best bet is to start on a regimen of adaptogens as soon as possible.

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5 Ways Supplements Can Improve Your Life

5 Ways Supplements Can Improve Your Life

Mankind has a long-standing tradition of finding ways to use the herbs, roots, and minerals to bolster and improve overall health. In fact, there is evidence to support the theory that even cavemen understood the medicinal properties of the plants in their environment and made use of them.

Though it is clear that natural supplements could be beneficial, it is still important to find out exactly how they could be of benefit. The first thing to know is:

All Supplements Are Not Created Equal

Whole food supplements (those sourced from natural foods and plants) are far superior to synthetic supplements (those produced in a lab.) There are several reasons for this, but the most important is that in nature, vitamins are almost never found or ingested in isolation.

In other words, it is rare to find a food substance that contains vitamin C, for example, but nothing else.

Our bodies expect to receive and process vitamins as a whole package. That is how we utilize them best.

Assuming you are using quality supplements, here are some ways they can help:

Making Up For Where The Modern Diet Is Lacking

It should come as no surprise to you that the average diet is lacking in essential vitamins and minerals. Our ancestors used to grow their own food and consume a variety of organic meats and vegetables.

Be honest:

How often do you consume something that didn’t come out of some sort of packaging?

Exactly.

Essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, D, E, and calcium occur in very low dosages (or not at all) in most of the foods we eat. Taking daily supplements of vital vitamins and minerals is important for overall health.

Giving More Energy

Did you know that being deficient in certain vitamins can actually affect your quality of sleep?

It’s true.

Magnesium helps improve sleep and B vitamins help with reduction and prevention of fatigue.

Iron helps your body absorb and process oxygen, a crucial component in energy production.

Preventing Diseases

It stands to reason that a healthy body can fight off infection and disease better than an unhealthy one.

So consuming essential vitamins and minerals helps keep you disease free.

But there are also specific diseases caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Scurvy, for example, occurs in people who aren’t consuming enough vitamin C.

Rickets (a disease that affects the bones of (mostly) children) occurs when vitamin D is deficient.

Helping You Look Younger Longer

Though aging is a natural part of life, no one wants to look old before their time. There are two main factors that affect how old you look:

Skin elasticity and eye health.

Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K all help with skin health and elasticity.

Eye health depends on vitamins A, E, and C just to name a few.

Helping Prevent Stress And Maintain Homeostasis

A body with deficiencies is under internal stress. The body needs adequate amounts of all essential vitamins and minerals to function properly.

Homeostasis is defined in the Cambridge Dictionary as:

“The ability or tendency of a living organism, cell, or group to keep the conditions inside it the same despite any changes in the conditions around it, or this state of internal balance.”

Balance is the key in homeostasis. Internal and external stressors tend to throw off our natural equilibrium. And in terms of re-establishing that balance, one group of supplements is king:

Adaptogens!

What are adaptogens? They are wild-crafted herbs discovered in the alpine regions of Siberia and specially (and naturally!) designed to help your cells adapt to physical and even mental stress. You can read more about these wonderful herbs and roots here.

So as you can see, supplements can play a vital role in improving and maintaining your overall health.

How to Build Muscle Naturally

How to Build Muscle Naturally

Are you someone who is interested in getting in shape and maintaining a healthy lifestyle? You want to lose fat while building muscle, but you don’t really want to experience the side effects that many products cause. And who can blame you?

After all, things like dizziness, restlessness, and nausea don’t exactly sound fun.

The good news is that as long as you are not looking for an instant miracle cure (which have you noticed never works anyway?) there are simple things you can do to build muscle naturally:

You Are What You Eat

Despite the promises of the latest wonder-drug, you can’t simply eat whatever you want, pop a pill, and wake up with the fat melted off and muscles bulging in all directions. If you are serious about developing the body you’ve always wanted, then what you put into it makes a huge difference.

If you want to burn fat, the key is to consume fewer calories than you burn. This will force your body to convert fat to energy. There are many apps to help you track such things. Find one that works for you and stick with it.

In addition to the number of calories you consume, the quality of those calories will make a difference. Instead of eating 500 calories of ice cream, for example, eat 500 calories of a quality protein.

The body needs protein to build lean muscle. Some options are eggs, chicken, salmon, or Greek yogurt. And remember: your body also needs healthy carbohydrates and fats to build muscle efficiently.

A Rested Body is a Happy Body

Have you ever wondered why sleep is a natural part of a healthy body’s daily routine? Think of sleep as the body’s opportunity to repair itself. It is during sleep that we rebuild muscle, balance hormones, and repair damaged tissue. Essentially, it’s our re-charging time.

What happens to your phone when you don’t ever plug it into its charger?

Exactly.

When building muscle, it is important to get plenty of sleep to allow your body the opportunity to repair itself and grow.

And of Course……

Exercise regularly. This one is almost too obvious to mention, but how could a “building muscle” list be complete without some mention of exercise?

Not all exercises are created equal. You want to do ones that work more than one muscle group at a time. For example:

  • Running
  • Squats
  • Dumbell curls
  • Crunches
  • Push-ups
  • Lunges

The key is to gradiently increase the number of reps, the weights you are using, and the frequency of your workouts. If you do this, you will see the muscle start to build up over time.

Give Yourself A Leg Up

If you are eating well, sleeping, and exercising regularly you are on your way to a leaner, stronger version of yourself. But there is something you can do to tip the scales even more in your favor:

Take proven supplements to give your body a natural boost.

While you want to avoid the latest unproven “get strong fast” schemes that all claim to offer maximum results with minimal effort, there are certain tried and true supplements that support your body’s natural muscle-building functions.

For example, supplements containing creatine or beta-alanine (essentially two amino-acid-based products) are proven to help with things like muscle fatigue and muscle growth.

Another supplement to consider is one containing adaptogens. Specifically, the adaptogen called golden root (Rhodiola rosea) helps prevent muscle fatigue, while maral root (Leuzia carthamoides) aids muscle development.

And Siberian ginseng is proven to help the body recover from repeated physical stress (repeated physical stress = regular and repeated exercises.)

BOOSTme’s specially formulated adaptogen blend contains all of these and another (called limonnik) that helps with spinal reflexes.

The bottom line:

If you follow the simple steps above, you can expect to see the fat melt away to be replaced with muscle.

Here’s to a healthier you!