Ahswaganda is an evergreen shrub grown in India, Africa, and the Middle East. It's touted for it powerful medicinal abilities to relieve stress and anxiety and depression, increase energy and stamina, and aid with brain function and memory. It is also helpful in lowering cortisol levels in the bloodstream which making it one of the herbs that has become more popular in terms of natural health.
Cortisol is the body's natural protective mechanism in times of stress. It is what creates the flight, fight, freeze, or faint response whenever we encounter something we perceive as stressful. Many of us lives a high stress lifestyle making our cortisol levels chronically high.
Some of the symptoms of high chronic high cortisol levels can be:
* chronic pain
* rapid weight gain
*high blood pressure
*increased thirst and frequent urination
Over time chronic high cortisol levels can lead to adrenal fatigue and lack of function so it is important to manage your stress and find ways to reduce your cortisol levels.
Ashwaganda is a great herb to help in times of stress. It is tasty and can be sipped as a tea. For convenience it can also be taken in capsule or tincture form. Tincture form may be beneficial to have on hand if you know you are going into a stressful situation. Then as you begin to feel signs of stress a few drops under the tongue can give the support your body needs.
Ashwaganda taken along with a healthy diet and lifestyle can help your body function optimally and metabolize stress so that it doesn't stick with you giving you long term troubles.
Some helpful lifestyle habits can include:
* Breathing exercises and meditation. Focus on breathing and counting. Count and breathe in for 3 seconds. Hold the breath for 5 seconds. Breathe out for 7 seconds. Repeat until you feel relaxed. Pay attention to how the breath feels. You want to have a full breath that flows easily and is relaxed.
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