How To Boost Your Energy Levels with Adaptogens

I am really excited about the new Shakeology Boosts from TBB!! You know I'm the ingredient guru, and these all pass!! The Focused Energy is fantastic.

So here are your links: Digestive Boost - Click HERE Focused Energy - Click HERE Power Greens - Click HERE I struggled with both thyroid regulation problems and adrenal fatigue issues in the past. When thyroid patients lke myself find themselves with poor cortisol levels, we need more than a stand-alone treatment. Most clients that I am working with on wellness, like myself, have other issues, such as methyl blocks, hormonal imbalance, systemic inflammation, poor nutrition {well I don't have poor nutrition anymore since I started Shakeology}, poorly functioning neurotransmitters and more.

So I generally work with two fixes first with all of my wellness clients. It is the same protocol that worked for me. I worked on my leaky gut issues, and support my adrenal fatigue symptoms which are often two of the main issues with those dealing with these problems. One of the ways we work with those major fatigue symptoms is through the use of adaptogen supplemention.

If the client's saliva cortisol results show a mix of highs and lows during the daytime, such as above-range cortisol in the morning, and low cortisol at noon, high in the afternoon, or if you are simply going through a lot of on-going chronic stressors that is when I recommend adding in adaptogens.

What are Adaptogens?

They are a substance found in certain plants and herbs which works to help even out our biological internal response to stress. That stress can be from lack of sleep, relationship stress, daily worries, exposure to toxins, sickness, the stress of continued hypothyroidism, exposure to the cold, or eating poorly. These adaptogens can help you cope, adapt and recover better. And negative side effects are few. It’s straight from nature!

Examples of adaptogens include

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea L.)

Siberian Ginseng (recommended to take any Ginsengs in the daytime to prevent bedtime insomnia)

Korean Ginseng

Panax Ginseng or American Ginseng

Astragalus

Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis)

Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

Suma (Pfaffia paniculata)

Holy Basil (patients use this to lower high cortisol alone)

Maitake, reishi, and shiitake mushrooms are considered to have adaptogenic qualities.

Licorice root is also considered an adaptogen, but it can have an aldosterone-like effect and cause high blood pressure in some due to sodium retention. Licorice that has the active ingredient of glycyrrhiza can have serious side effects. Another type of licorice, called DGL or deglycyrrhizinated licorice, doesn't seem to have the same side effects and is sometimes used to treat peptic ulcers, canker sores, and reflux (GERD). Generally for leaky gut I recommend a client ask their doctors if they can use the deglycyrrhizinated form of licorice (DGL) before working into the digestive gut supplements. The reason is that most digestive gut supplements have soluble fiber in them as well as insoluble fiber. Too much of the gut bacteria or yeast that ferments that soluble fiber in a very non-helpful way. (just fyi)

The Focused Energy Formula has

- Green Tea, Matcha Tea, Guarana, Rhodiola, and Asian Ginseng – Help improve alertness and attention.

- American Ginseng, Asian Ginseng, Green Tea, Matcha Tea, Guarana – Help support mental clarity, focus, and clear thinking.

- Proprietary Mushroom Blend (Cordyceps, Reishi, King Trumpet, Lion's Mane), Ginseng, and Rhodiola – Adaptogens help support the body in times of stress and let you fight and challenge life head on

This with the daily Power Greens Boost which contains one full serving of nutritious green veggies that provides vitamins, minerals, and healthy phytonutrients to your body. It's like you're eating ⅔ cup dark leafy greens, ⅓ cup cucumbers, and ⅓ of a large celery stalk, could really rev up your system to support as it supports the liver functions of our bodies. The recommendation is to eat more vegetables, especially leafy greens such as Spinach and Chard (except cabbage & broccoli which can be hard on the liver), and eat lots of cucumbers and beets -- both the tops and the roots. Why do we care about food like this that support our liver? The thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), are tyrosine-based hormones produced by the thyroid gland that are primarily responsible for regulation of metabolism. The most common support for your metabolism and thyroid issues is T4. The thyroxine T4 is converted into T3... .Well 90% of T4 is converted into T3 in the liver, the function of that organ is of utmost importance. Don't you think?

SO if you have been feeling bamboozled by life... I recommend trying the Focused Energy to start your day, and the Power Greens both morning and afternoon if needed. When you are feeling better in your gut, then you can move into the Digestive Health support system. That is usually when I move into a 21 Day Reset, and then support post reset with the Digestive Health daily.

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