Monthly Archives: January 2015

Why do adaptogenic herbs adjust to the person?




Rhodiola Rosea plant

Adaptogenic herbs are “medicines” that move the body towards health by adjusting to the specific needs of each person. Ashwagandha helps to strengthen the adrenals, which helps hormones affect energy and mood. As an adaptogen, the herb used by a person with low adrenals will see improved energy and stamina, but a person under stress may see a lowering of their cortisol levels and a calming effect. Pub Med lists 688 studies on Ashwagands for a wide variety of illnesses such as cancer, kidney damage from diabetes, pain, gout, anxiety, depression and neurodegenerative disease. In specific cases it can make the person more resistant to physical and psychological stressors and improve energy and endurance. Ashwagandha is probably safe for short-term use. In large doses Ashwagandha may cause stomach upset, diarrhea and vomiting; side effects of long-term use are unknown. People with thyroid, auto-immune or liver issues should not use this herb.


Boswelia, also called frankincense, has 346 studies in the NIH database. It is made from gum resin from the Boswellia serrata tree. It is extremely effective to modulate inflammation in places that no drug except steroids can touch.  But if no purified to remove beta boswellic acid to less than 5%, it can actually cause inflammation so you must be careful when you buy it.


Our favorite adaptogenic herb is Rhodiola Rosea. This has been used to lower the cortisol production, thereby rebalancing the cortisol and lowering the stress response. Evidence suggests that Rhodiola rosea may help those suffering from depression, to climb out of their psychological hole. Clinical studies on Rhodiola rosea have been performed at leading Soviet universities and medical academies. Rhodiola activates the enzyme lipase which is key to getting energy (ATP) released by cells which benefits athletes. In studying 112 athletes, researchers discovered that 89% of those supplementing with Rhodiola rosea showed a more rapid improvement in performance in sports such as track and field, swimming, speed skating and ski racing. Rhodiola rosea’s normalizing effect on the adrenal glands may also have the same effect on cholesterol, blood sugar, potassium levels and blood pressure thereby decreasing many risk factors for heart disease. It has many other benefits including improving memory and hearing, helping with Parkinson’s, weight management and immune support.


Be careful when you buy it. According to researchers, true Rhodiola rosea contains rosavin, rosin, rosarin and salidroside, while its adulterant contains only salidroside. The true Rhodiola rosea is the most biologically active, Unfortunately, often so-called Rhodiola rosea herbal formulas sold in the United States contain no rosavin. They are standardized using only common salidroside. For true Rhodiola rosea check out this product:  Click Here  Email the publisher for a free ebook which will be out Spring 2015:


Free PDF book: Electrolytes: Not Just for Sports!

This has a great big chart in it about all the electrolytes you may be deficient in and what illness that will cause. It also gives info on what they are putting in sports drinks that may not be good for you and why just plain water isn’t the answer to brain fog and a tired body.

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Alkalized waters – yes or no?

pH-ChartJust as the body regulates its temperature in a rigid manner, so will it manage to preserve a very narrow pH range – especially in the blood – a pH of 7.365. Chronic acidity will interrupt all cellular activities and functions — it interferes with life itself.


 Things that create acidity in the body are sweets, alcohol, flour products, diary, processed meat and some veggies like peas, beans, lentils and peanuts. Alkaline foods include whey, goat’s milk, plain yogurt, cold-pressed oils, miso, brewer’s yeast, eggs and unprocessed sea salt. Most herbs are alkaline as well. Alkaline beverages include fruit and vegetable juices, coffee, tea, mineral water and red and white wines. Almonds, coconut and chestnuts are alkaline nuts. Veggies include broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, asparagus, celery, onions, peppers and radishes. Spinach, kale and fennel.


In trying to promote alkalinity, the bottled water industry is putting out a plethora of alkaline waters. These may give the body a temporary boost as they are high in the alkaline-forming minerals like sodium and potassium, but please take notice of where the water comes from, how it has been filtered (if any), and what type of bottle it is in. PET BPA-free bottles are the best, but plastics still tend to leech toxins when in juxtaposition with minerals so a highly mineralized water may become contaminated just by being containerized.


There are also many alkalizing additives for water, but most of them, like bottled waters and sports drinks only contain at most, five minerals. Although this may alkalize the blood, it does little to replace the myriad of electrolytes lost through exercise, stress and daily living. People will be lulled into security thinking their sports water or alkaline water will give them sufficient replacements. That is not true. You need a multi-electrolyte trace-mineral supplement to put into your water to restore needed support for the neurotransmitters in the brain which ultimately control all bodily functions. The most convenient and economical of these is a concentrate that sprays into any liquid. It has the full complement of trace-minerals so will facilitate raising the pH as well as providing all the necessary electrolytes. Check it out:

The need for extra magnesium and potassium

You may not know if you are deficient in magnesium or potassium, but if so, it will have a substantial effect on your health. Magnesium is a co-factor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate biochemical reactions in the body including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control and blood pressure regulation and it is essential to heart health. Studies have shown people have less heart attacks and strokes when they have sufficient levels of magnesium. Diets with good magnesium levels are associated with a significantly lower risk of diabetes as low blood magnesium levels may worsen insulin resistance.


Potassium is needed for proper function of cells, tissues and organs. It is also a required electrolyte that conducts electricity and is essential for nerve transmissions. But, potassium must be balanced with other electrolytes including magnesium. It is also crucial to heart health as well as playing a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction which effects not only muscles but digestion as well. Potassium also plays a role in regulating blood pressure in relationship with sodium. Insufficient potassium is associated with poor bone health and muscular weakness including heart failure and cramping.


According to the NHANES Dietary Survey done from 2007-2010, none of the 17000 participants met their average requirement for potassium and it was estimated that 52% of Americans do not get their required magnesium each day.


Foods high in magnesium are beans and nuts, whole grain bread and green leafy vegetables. Foods high in potassium are squash, yogurt, fish, avocados, beans, green leafy veggies. But if you are concerned that although you eat this you may not get enough, run to the health foods store and get a supplement.