Revitalize Your Health with Rhodiola Rosea

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Rhodiola rosea also known as Golden root, Rose root, or Artic root is a hidden gem of the Herbs.  It has many beneficial qualities for a multitude of aliments ranging from anxiety and depression to endurance and sexual dysfunction. It is truly a miraculous plant. Stress is the leading cause of illnesses in the world. If stress can be reduced and balanced you will live a much longer and happier life. The two main active ingredients necessary for Rhodiola to be effective are Rosavins and Salidrosides, the percentage of these active ingredients is 3% Rosavins and 1% Salidrosides.

Rhodiola is excellent for expelling excess stress in the body through its adaptogenic qualities. An Adaptogen is a non-toxic substance and especially a plant extract that is held to increase the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote balance or restore normal physiological functioning. There is a great battle within ourselves between energy and stress levels and without finding the balance between the two can have substantial affect on your overall health and well being.

The reason why stress is so abundant in humans is mainly due to everyday occurrences such as sudden changes in our busy schedules, threats, fear, uncertainty, cognitive dissonance, death of a family member/friend/pet, crime, money, lack of sleep, work, and health.  At the end of the day when its time to recharge our bodies with sufficient sleep our minds are still very active causing lack of sleep thus less energy levels and more stress the next day.

Rhodiola rosea in the Russia macro mountain flower green
Rhodiola rosea in the Russia macro mountain flower green

“In Russia the Herb was used to survive the long, harsh Siberian winters given to soldiers on the battlefield, to soviet athletes, and to cosmonauts to help them adapt to stress.”

The way Rhodiola works with combating stress is it balances the stress-response system in our bodies this is also another quality of being an adaptogen. It is believed that our body’s tolerance for stress can be enhanced with Rhodiola by influencing key chemicals in the brain such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and beta-endorphins. Our nervous systems benefit greatly from Rhodiola Rosea because it enhances its healing properties.  Memory is another attribute that is substantially influenced by this herb as it stimulates cognitive function and calms the emotions therefore reducing stress and mental fatigue which boosts memory. By increasing energy levels in the body with Rhodiola Rosea it will in turn reduce mental and physical stressors, restoring balance. Rhodiola significantly improves concentration over a prolonged time, which helps particularly in detail oriented tasks.  Other diverse benefits from Rhodiola include protecting the nervous system from stress, enhancing sleep, lifting depressing moods, maintaining blood sugar levels and relief of anxiety.  With increase of endurance, energy, and reduction of stress sexual function and performance is also enhanced.

“Dr. Gerbarg also notes that her patients have reported improved sexual function with rhodiola. “Increasing energy in general can improve people’s sexual interest and performance,” she says. “When people are fatigued they tend to have less sexual interest and more performance difficulties.” Rhodiola Roseas work as a stress reliever may improve sex for the people who find sex “stressful mentally or physically,”

It is evident Rhodiola rosea is a miracle plant, it has unique qualities not seen in any other plant on earth and has a wide range of mental and physical boosters that fend off detrimental stress and revitalize your body with balance and energy, these are all key factors in longevity, happiness, and staying physically fit and well.

References

The Rhodiola Revolution

http://changingminds.org/explanations/stress/stress_causes.htm

http://healthandwellness.kaplan.edu/articles/cam/Herbal%20Spotlight%20-%20Rhodiola%20Rosea%20for%20Stress-Relief.html

http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2007/dec2007_report_nutraceutical_01.htm

How to Hide the Taste of Yucky Superfoods

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Cod Liver Oil – Try taking fermented cod liver oil in a shot glass and chasing with freshly squeezed juice. You could also try mixing a bit of honey and cinnamon into your cod liver oil and chase it with organic whole milk. Some people even learn to love the taste of cod liver oil over time. If you are not one of those people, you could always try cod liver oil capsules.

Algae & Kelp – Algae and kelp supplements such as spirulina. chlorella, and kelp can be hidden in all sorts of different recipes. The best spirulina recipes are green smoothies. They are naturally sweet and flavorful and the flavor of the fresh greens blends well with the spirulina or chlorella powder. It is best to buy organic greens powders whenever it is possible.

Beef Liver – Can’t stomach liver and onions? Even after you’ve heard how nutrient dense they are? Well, that isn’t surprising. Beef liver is packed with protein and important vitamins and minerals, but the taste can be hard to stomach. Luckily, you can purchase grass-fed and hormone free desiccated liver supplements at many health food stores.

Fermented Foods – Not a fan of sauerkraut? How about kimchi? Pickled beets? You’re not drooling yet? Well neither are we. Luckily there are tasty and nutritious ways to get the goodness of fermented foods- even fermented veggies! You could try a sweetened version of beet kvass. How about some fruit and veggie kombucha? Try some yogurt or even some wine and cheese! Having a burger? Why not have a homemade pickle as well! There are plenty of ways to get the benefits of probiotics from a number of fermented foods, and if your diet is still lacking, you could always take a probiotic supplement!

How to Find the Best Cordyceps Supplement

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Cordyceps sinensis is an adaptogen herb that you’ve probably never heard of. I know what you’re thinking; “Wait, what the heck is an adaptogen herb!?” Well, an adaptogen herb is classified as a natural, plant-based medicine that adapts to your bodies specific needs while improving overall health and causing little to no side effects. There are many adaptogenic herbs and each one has its own unique health benefits and qualities.

Cordyceps works to boost energy and endurance while fighting weakness and fatigue. It also boosts oxygen capacity and lung function. Cordyceps even boosts the immune system and sexual function. Pretty cool, right? Due to its many health benefits, cordyceps sinensis is a popular herb amongst athletes and anyone who needs a bit of extra energy. If you are interested in the health benefits of cordyceps, keep reading to find out how to choose the best cordyceps supplement.

Cordyceps grows naturally, high in the Himalayan Mountains. If you live in the Himalayan Mountains and love foraging at freezing temperatures and high altitudes, then you are in luck! If you are anything like the rest of us, the best choice is an organically grown cordyceps sinensis supplement from the United States. The supplement should contain 100% cordyceps sinensis and absolutely nothing else. This means no fillers, no flow agents, no preservatives, NO artificial ingredients. Period.

When buying supplements, it is incredibly important to read the labels and only purchase supplements from well known companies that you can trust. The supplement industry is unregulated, which means there are good and bad companies out there. To figure out which companies are trust worthy, check the organizations that they are affiliated with and read reviews online. Cordyceps Sinensis supplements can be found online and in local health food stores.