Like most active women over fifty, I’m sure you like to eat well and have a balanced diet, because you recognise the link between eating well and feeling great. In today’s post, I share with you four natural herbal supplements you can use to boost your energy and improve your overall wellness.
However, the pace of today’s life coupled with family responsibilities and work commitments, often means it is easy to let good intentions slip and you may end up skipping meals, eating on the go or making do with pre-packed, highly processed foods.
To counter-act that, have you considered supplementing your diet with nutritionally supplements and herbal remedies? I’m no expert yet when I take the time to invest and use good quality organic nutritional supplements/herbal remedies I always feel better and have more energy to keep going without getting so stressed!
Four Herbal Supplements To Keep You Going Through A Busy Day.
There is no substitute for eating a wholesome diet, regular physical activity, rest and proper relaxation, yet when the pressure is on and your immune system under pressure, the following four herbal supplements can be an excellent way to help maintain your energy levels and keep you well. As always, if you are new to herbal supplements, consult your GP and always seek the advice of a qualified herbalist or naturopath to ensure you use supplements that are ideal for your particular constitution and/or existing medical conditions. Thank you.
1. Evening Primrose Oil – this is helpful for a range of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and eczema, but its greatest benefit is in the relief of premenstrual syndrome. Evening primrose oil is a rich source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) or as it is more commonly known as, fatty acid. As such it is able to be converted by the body into prostaglandin. Prostaglandins are powerful natural anti-inflammatory which also improve blood flow through the smallest capillaries.
2. Spirulina – Spirulina can be cultivated or farmed micro-algae. It has one of the highest protein contents of all natural foods. It contains 60 percent complete protein (meat consists of only about 20 – 25 percent complete protein). Spirulina is packed with iron, calcium, fibre, vitamin C and amino acids. Spirulina helps to manage blood sugar levels and cravings. It helps the body to detox and as it is so nutritious gives you a natural energy boost.
3. Echinacea – Echinacea contains elements (polysaccharides, betaine, alkalides and echinolone) that stimulates and supports your immune system by activating the white blood cells to fight infection and trigger the use of natural killer cells and anti-bodies. Echinacea gives your immune system a natural energy boost. It is anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial and can be used to treat colds, tonsillitis and skin ulcers.
4. Guarana – Traditionally used by the Brazilian rain forest Indians; this plant has been used for thousands of years as a tonic, stimulant and as an aid to boost vitality. Guarana increases energy, reduces stress and improves mood and performance. Critics claim this is due to the small caffeine content in guarana. However, the type of caffeine present is approximately 35 mg. and has a totally different effect on the body. Guarana is rich in natural fats, which means it gives a slow-release of energy, its slow absorption rate is ideal to boost and maintain vitality throughout the day.
From personal experience, I know when I supplement my diet with herbal remedies, I have more energy and find it easier to take better care of myself. What’s your experience of supplementing your diet with herbal remedies? What difference do you think they make to your overall energy and health? We’d love to hear your thoughts and views on the matter and if you are interested feel free to share your ideas in the comment box below.
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