Have you ever had trouble sleeping? Four years ago I experienced a HUGE life transition and couldn’t fall asleep for the life of me.
Have you heard of the stress hormone called cortisol? When we are under a lot of stress, are worried, experiencing anxiety, aren’t sleeping well, raising kids, buying a house, going on vacation, starting a new job – in other words having a normal life – our body responds by producing an excess of cortisol.
Too much cortisol production is the main reason that you will collect fat around your middle. Some experts believe that fat around your middle is more cause for concern than being overweight and elevated cortisol impact every physiological system in the body. Too much cortisol also causes anxiety and interferes with sleep.
So what can you do?
There are an abundance of things you can do to respond to stress in a positive way. To keep things simple, because I know you are busy, let’s talk eats.
Consume adaptogen herbs.
Adaptogen herbs are a unique group of plants that help balance, restore, and protect the body based on the individual needs of the person consuming them. In other words, they adapt to what YOUR body needs and gets to work fast.
Does it get more delicious than that?
Adaptogen herbs include ashwaganda, astragalus, ginseng, licorice root, holy basil, some mushrooms and rhodiola.
Of all of them I like ashwaganda the best as it was life-changing for me. Often used in ayurvedic medicine, ashwaganda regulates the immune system and has a calming impact. Because ashwaganda isn’t generally growing in your neighbor’s yard, this is a plant that you will probably need to get in supplement form. Like most supplements, not all ashwaganda is the same. If you want the most bang for your buck the three most important criteria to get the best ashwaganda is:
1. Supplements that are free from contaminants like pesticides and heavy metals.
2. Supplements that have enough active ingredient (don’t contain fillers, additives, and aren’t heated at high temperatures) to be called nutrient dense.
3. Supplements that are sold by a company that puts the health of people before profits.
Because I know how busy you are, I have done the research for you and have chosen an ashwaganda supplement that is the best. When I tried it out I began to feel more relaxed. Falling asleep was more natural as was staying asleep. You can buy it here (look for the xmpm supplement for weight loss and/or cortisol regulation) listed at the retail price. Call me at 206-499-1791 if you want the wholesale (cheaper) price. I am so passionate about this product that I decided to become their affiliate and get a small commission off anything you purchase.
It is rich in health-promoting ashwaganda and moringa oleifera so you get two miracle plants in one. How is that for time efficiency and easy access to life-affirming goodness?