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Gotu Kola is known as “ The Ancient Indian Herb of Enlightenment and Longevity.” Gotu Kola is a well studied herb, with majority of its healing and therapeutic properties validated by the scientific community. Gotu Kola has the ability to measurably prolong life. It has a synergistic effect on the mind, body and spirit in every way possible.
GOTU KOLA BENEFITS
HOW DO I TAKE IT?
Gotu Kola can be bought in capsule or powder form. Start with 2 capsules 2 times a day or ½ teaspoon 1 -2 times a day. Look for USDA ORGANIC, Sustainably Sourced, Fairly Traded. The Woman Strong Coaches like Banyan Botanicals products.
Kapikacchu is a nutritive tonic used to nourish the nervous system. Although Kapikacchu is often referred to as an “herb”, it is actually a legume. The seeds or beans of the Munuca plant (Kapikacchu) are the primary part used for medicinal purposes. Its nickname is “The Ayurvedic Dopamine Bean”. It is native to tropical and subtropical climates of India, Indonesia as well as Africa. In Central America, the beans are used as a non-caffeinated coffee substitute, known as “nescafe”. What benefits are gained from incorporating Kapikacchu into your daily wellness routine?
BENEFITS OF KAPIKACCHU
HOW TO TAKE IT
WHERE CAN I GET IT
Triphala is the Ayurvedic Herbal Fruit that heals and promotes health. Are you some one who deals with digestive issues. Do you tend to feel bloated, gassy or constipated often? Have you been dealing with emotional issues like anxiety, depression or mood swings? Do you deal with regular ear infections, sinus issues or allergies? Allot of these issues are caused from an unhealthy, toxic gut. Triphala may be what you’ve been looking for to clear the clouds and regain your health. Triphala has the unique ability to gently cleanse and detoxify the system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it. Traditional formula supports the proper functions of the digestive, circulatory, respitory, and genitourinary systems. If you are a believer in the Ayurveda teaching, you will be happy to know that taken daily it helps to maintain balance of all the doshas.
BENEFITS OF TRIPHALA
HOW TO TAKE IT
WHERE TO GET IT
Establishing a Daily Routine
~ Rise before the sun (in time you will notice you feel more alert by starting your day this way.)
~ Start setting your alarm for 5:30 am. This will allow you time to wake and have a moment for yourself before the day starts. How you start your morning sets the tone for the whole day. ~Mornings are a time to release toxins.
~ Gently stretch while in bed, go to the bathroom to evacuate, brush your teeth and rinse your face with warm water.
~ Oil-Pull while you make cup of coffee, tea, hot lemon water and
spit oil in trash can, rinse mouth out with water.
~ Enjoy your warm drink of choice, in the darkness in a comfy spot. Sit and enjoy the quite moment. Set goals and intentions for the day.
~ If you are hungry have something warm like oatmeal with raw honey and cinnamon. If not wait to eat till you’re hungry.
~ 6am-10am your body is waking from the night
~ 10am-2pm Is your most productive part of the day. Do your most mentally challenging tasks between these hours.
~ 12-1:30pm your digestive juices are at their height’s. Make lunch your biggest meal of day between these times. (when eating, avoid all electronics, tv, reading etc. Focus on the flavors and textures of your meal. This is really hard at first, but you will notice you will feel fuller and more satisfied.)
~ After meals make it a goal to take a light walk to help food move through digestive track. The worst thing to do is sit after a meal.
~ 2-6pm is time for your creative side, this is when your nervous system Is most active. (writing, producing, designing, planning future endeavors)
~ 6-10pm is a time period when you should eat dinner and settle your body for bed.
~ Dinner should be your lightest meal of the day. If you eat something overly heavy, such as fried foods, meat, pasta, cheese or bread, you don’t give your body enough time to break down the meal, and instead, its stuck in your gastrointestinal tract overnight and putrefies. The fermentation leaks in your blood stream and spreads toxicity throughout your entire body.
Toxicity can be anything from bloating and /or gas, to acne and anxiety.
~ Get prepared for the next day. Pack your lunch. Have your clothes ready and laid out. Prep anything needed for the AM to make your morning less stressful. This will also help with wanting to do emotional eating.
Establishing a Nightly Routine
TURN OFF ELECTRONICS!
Your body is affected by the light around you. When the sun is up, your energy is up and your melatonin levels are down. As the sun goes down, your energy depletes and your melatonin levels rise to prepare you for bed. However, if you are constantly staring into a screen, you are exposing yourself to light at all times. Your body doesn’t know when its time to sleep, and it doesn’t produce the right hormones. As a result, you scramble your body’s circadian rhythm and your left feeling wired and awake in the middle of the night.
TURN OFF YOUR MIND!
You need some sort of pre-sleep practice to let your brain know it’s time for sleep, at least an hour before your ready to turn in.
Turn down lights in house (I love Himalayan salt lamps in the evening) dim lights, then head to your own bed for light reading. You could also make a nice bath before bed. Even if you aren’t tired, head to bed and perform your nightly ritual.
BE IN BED BY 10PM TO AVOID A SECOND WIND THAT WILL CAUSE SNACK ATTACK CRAVINGS
AND AN ENERGY BURST THAT WILL LEAVE YOU IN A BAD WAY.
SLEEP IS THE MOST IMPORTANT!
You might stress about diet and exercise but sleep is when your muscles restore, detoxify your body, balance your hormones, relax your mind and prepare you for the next day. Not sleeping well can make you feel lethargic the next day and be more likely to overeat due to ghrelin, the appetite-increasing hormone. Lack of sleep is associated with weight gain and increased appetite. If you are trying to lose weight, focus on good quality sleep.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that is commonly found in Ayurvedic medicine. Ashwagandha has many benefits. It has been found to reduce anxiety and stress, heal leaky gut, aid both hypo and hyper thyroid issues, stabilize blood sugar, lower cholesterol and aids in the prevention and treatment of some cancers. Ashwagandha can also be a life safer to those struggling with lack of energy or adrenal problems. As a believer in Ayurvedic medicine, I (Coach Em), personally take two tsp a day and have noticed a dramatic improvement in my ability to process and release daily stress, as well as giving my weak thyroid a turbo boost. I buy all my herbs from Banyan Botanicals. So far I have been extremely pleased with their quality and service. With the schedules that the modern warrior women keep, I highly recommend experimenting with Ashwagandha as a proventitive to burn out, or if you are already there as a healing aid.
As always, consult with your Doctor or a Health Care Professional before taking anything "new" that might interfere with your current routine.
Coach Nat loves a good quality multi vitamin to make up for what’s lacking from our modern day food supply.
Coach Em likes to use adaptogenic herbs for her body's needs. Is one better than the other? In our opinion, it's all according to whom you speak with. One expert says a daily multivitamin is a must!!! While another expert says there’s no way a multivitamin can meet each persons needs on an individual basis. The same arguments are made with herbs. It’s an extreme belief one direction or the other. So how do you chose? We say it’s a personal preference. See how you feel and do your research. Try to avoid any supplements that are cheap, include unnecessary dyes or additives, and those that come in any form of a gummy. Always go organic and non-GMO. Above all, please consult a doctor if you are on any medications and are thinking of adding a supplement such as a vitamin to your routine. Go with your gut and be mindful of what feels right to you.