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A few weeks ago I listened to The Healthy Maven’s podcast on adaptogens, and I had no idea what the heck they were. (By the way, if you haven’t checked out The Healthy Maven blog you definitely need to!) So I looked it up and adaptogens are defined as “a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes”. So essentially, they’re earth’s gift to the anxiety-ridden nutcases like me? 😂 An adaptogen that I was particularly curious about was Ashwagandha. I had heard my mom (being the beautiful hippie that she is) throw around the name in conversation before, so I wanted to learn more about it.
Ashwagandha is a medicinal root herb most commonly grown in India. It has been touted for its abilities to stabilize mood, enhance immunity, lower food cravings, and improve energy levels. There’s even been research that it battles brain degeneration! Naturally, after learning this, I started using it for myself to see what all of the fuss was about.
Benefits of Ashwagandha
- reduces food cravings
- battles fatigue and improves energy/stamina
- improves thyroid and adrenal function
- enhances immunity
- prevents cancer
- relieves stress
- improves sleep
I love the idea of using a natural substance to improve my health rather than pharmaceuticals. Yes, I am a nurse and I strongly believe in science and western medicine. But there is absolutely something to be said for the wonders of natural medicine. I strive to be proactive rather than on the defense when it comes to my health. And so I like to explore natural substances before I grab something at the drug store. As always, you should consult a medical professional before starting a new supplement. Herbs still have their side effects, so be aware of what’s right for your body!
I order my vitamins through CareOf (which I seriously recommend!). They deliver high-quality personalized packets of vitamins right to your door. I’ve been so much more diligent about taking my vitamins every day since using them. So last month, I added their ashwagandha capsule to my vitamin pack. Now since it’s probably a little too early to see if I’m safe from Alzheimer’s yet, I won’t be able to speak to that part. But I have noticed somewhat of an improvement in my energy and my skin. I don’t know if it’s related, but my T-Zone has been almost totally clear of breakouts since I started taking the ashwagandha. I took mine in pill form, but you can also take it as a tincture or in tea!
Have you taken Ashwagandha before?
What natural supplements do you swear by?