Herbs for Energy & Fitness

Energy

Every cell needs energy, oxygen and nutrients. To have the best energy you need to actually feed your body, not just fill your mouth with food. 

Energy Herbs

Gingko Biloba-

 By regulating the tone and elasticity of blood vessels, ginkgo increases blood flow to the brain and extremities, making it particularly useful for circulatory ailments. Research has also shown that ginkgo can enhance the nervous system by promoting the delivery of additional oxygen and blood sugar (glucose) to nerve cells. As an antioxidant, ginkgo mops up the damaging compounds known as free radicals and aids in cell maintenance.+ 

Ashwagandha- 

For thousands of years, Ayurveda has been using ashwagandha roots as one of the most powerful restorative remedies and as a tonic for vitality and long life. It is a tonic to restore the energy level in the body. This is the herb for people who do physical work and need lot of energy to complete their day-to-day activities.  If one is having an illness which has brought down their energy and made them weak, then in that case a tonic made from its roots and few more herbs can be of a great help. It also relieves stress because it is an ‘adaptogen’.

Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/ashwagandha-herbs-india.html

Ginseng The health benefits of Panax ginseng include increased energy, better body functions and calm a stressful mind. Research has shown that ginseng can lower blood pressure and appears to help those with diabetes.

Dark Chocolate -Numerous antioxidants- 8 times as much as the antioxidants found in strawberries. Antioxidants are the best at removing free-radicals from your body. Free radicals are loose cannon balls that can cause cellular damage, worse yet they accumulate with age, the older you are the more free-radicals. Here comes chocolate to the rescue!! 

Oxygen Herbs 

Lactic acid is a waste product produced by muscle tissue and red blood cells. When oxygen levels are high, the body breaks carbohydrates into water and carbon dioxide, but when oxygen is scarce, carbs used for energy turn into lactic acid. When exercisers “feel the burn”, they are actually experiencing excess amounts of lactic acid in their muscles. So, have more oxygen available.

Cell Food

Astragalus- increases energy and helps to fight against weakness, a tonic that promotes long term lung health.  Contains many active components, including flavonoids, 

alkaloid, monosaccharides, polysaccharides, free amino acids, trace minerals (including selenium, zinc, iron, etc) and polyphenols. 

Dealing with Heat:

Alkalizing water

Celery Seed- Calming and cooling to the body, helps regulate your body temperature during extreme heat, its your own internal thermostat. It’s also very alkalizing allowing your muscles to work better.

Flushing out Muscular Waste-Muscle fatigue caused by muscle contractions which cause chemical waste products- carbon dioxide, lactic acid and acid phosphate.

Charcoal- Absorbs all sorts of waste & poisons

DMG* helps decrease lactic acid buildup by enhancing the delivery of oxygen to cells.

Creatine* increases energy and buffers lactic acid buildup.

Coenzyme Q10* improves heart function and circulation.

Multivitamin and Mineral Complex* provides all nutrients necessary for healthy muscles.

Safflowers* help eliminate lactic acid buildup and post-exercise soreness.

High Protein Repair Tissues

Bee Pollen- Pound for pound more protein than meat.

Nuts/Beans/Eggs/Poultry/Fish

*REFERENCES: Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 3rd Edition, Phyllis Balch, CNC; James F. Balch, M.D.

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