What are Adaptogens

Adaptogens are natural substances, like herbs, that work to regulate certain hormones and balance the body. They can help to increase the body’s resistance to physical, biological, emotional, and environmental stressors and promote normal physiologic function (Duke,1).  These herbs have been used for thousands of years for their natural health benefits, like boosting the immune system, restoring balance, managing weight, increasing physical endurance, as well as mental focus and mood.

Adaptogens grow in various environments, such as high altitude, rugged mountain regions, extreme cold, low oxygen and other stressful conditions. Many types grow in China, India, Korea, and Russia, while others are native to Europe and North America. Some are ready to harvest in a year, while others take years to mature to have the medicinal properties that they are used for.

4 Popular Adaptogens:

  1. Panax Ginseng: (AKA Asian Ginseng)
    Panax Ginseng grows in the mountainous forests of eastern Manchuria, northern China, and Korea. It is almost extinct in the wild. This type of adaptogen is used to improve calmness and memory performance. Some research states that it can help lower blood sugar levels.
  2. Astragalus:
    Astragalus is native to china and is grown in full sun and sandy soil with low nitrogen levels. It is used in Chinese medicine to decrease stress hormones and improve the stress response. It has also been shown to boost immunity. Many studies show that it can boost cortisol levels, allowing the body to respond better to types of stress. Today, it is commonly used for lack of appetite, organ prolapse, fatigue and wasting and thirsting syndrome. It is also used to enhance the immune system, preventing colds, and other illnesses.
  3. Cordyceps:
    Cordyceps is a type of fungus that grows on the Himalaya Mountains in Tibet and Bhutan. It is rare to find. They are high in antioxidants and contains immune-enhancing properties. It is now used to treat illnesses associated with the kidneys. It is also used to treat infertility in men and women, frequent urination, night sweats, dizziness and fatigue.
  4. Holy Basil:
    It is found throughout the lowlands of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Southern China and Malaysia. It is known for its antibacterial, antidepressant, antioxidant and antiviral properties. It is also a diuretic, and galactogogue.
References
Winston, D., & Maimes, S. (2007). Adaptogens: herbs for strength, stamina, and stress relief. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

 

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Air Fried Fries!

Hi Guys!

Air frying is my new favorite way to cook! here is a low fat fry recipe to cure your craving on fry-day.

Air Fried Fries

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5 Russet Potatoes
2 tbsp oil of choice
2 tsp of salt
2 tsp ME Moringa moringa and Province Herb Blend

Scrub potatoes and pat dry. Slice into strips and put in a bowl. Add the oil and salt and mix until the potatoes are evenly coated. Put in air frier for 40 minutes at 400 degrees. Shake occasionally to make sure they are evenly fried. Once the 40 minutes is up, sprinkle the moringa seasoning on the fries.  

Motivation

Lately, I have had no motivation to do anything, from schoolwork to errands to everything else in life. I don’t have the energy or willpower to do simple daily tasks. I feel that there is no point to do anything. Every time I clean, it gets messed up. Every time I ask for help, no one is around to help me. I do not have time for myself, to take care of myself or remember why I am here. I feel as though no one has respect for my belongings, my time, and what I do day in and day out.

How do you snap out of this and become more motivated? 

I know time doesn’t stop just because I feel this way, so I do have to keep going and force myself to do my homework and study for my exam. To overcome this lack of motivation, I have looked into some valuable tips on how to  keep going when all you want to do is stop:

  1. Remember why you are doing this. Is it helping you achieve your goals? 
  2. Make your workplace more pleasant! Set up your own desk and work environment to get your homework done more efficiently. 
  3. Visualize yourself completing a task and how grateful you will be once the task is finished. 
  4. Make a to-do list, so you know when you complete a task. Split up your big goals into smaller tasks, so you feel accomplished when something is done. 

 

Why is Moringa so Important?

Moringa (moringa oleifera) is the newest superfood that can transform your health and immune system. Not only is it a powerful anti-inflammatory, but it has antioxidant properties and a highly nutritious profile.

Where does it come from?

It comes from a small tree that has been known as “the tree of life” or “Mother’s Best Friend.” The tree grows in parts of Asia, South America, and Africa and dates back to 150 BC. It has been used for its medicinal and healing properties for centuries by Early Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians. Almost all parts of the plant can be used, including the leaves, fruits, seeds, blossoms, bark, resin, and roots.

Nutrition properties:

Vitamins/ Minerals: Moringa is packed with vitamin A, C, E, Potassium, Calcium and even protein. It has more vitamin C than an orange and more Vitamin A than a carrot!

Compared to other foods
(100 gm of each)

                             Moringa              Other Food

Vitamin A           6780 mcg             carrots: 1890 mcg
Vitamin C            220 mg                  orange: 30 mg
Calcium               440 mg                  Milk: 120 mg
Potassium          259 mg                  Bananas: 88 mg
Protein                 6.7 gm                   Milk: 3.2 gm
(treesforlife.org)

Antioxidant Properties: Moringa has been shown to fight free radicals that cause cell damage and inflammation. In simple terms, Moringa helps keep your organs healthy and functioning properly. This also means that it can help reduce aging. It contains Antioxidants Quercetin and Chlorogenic Acid. Quercetin is known to help reduce blood pressure while Chlorogenic acid is known to moderate blood sugar levels.

Reduce Inflammation: Moringa has been shown to reduce inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and lowering inflammation in the cells. This is extremely important for people with arthritis, obesity and respiratory problems.

Support the Liver: The liver is one of the most important organs in the body since it detoxifies the blood, produces bile, supports fat and fructose metabolism and processes nutrients. Moringa has been shown to reduce liver damage and reverse oxidation in the liver. It also protects the liver from toxicity.

Antibacterial: You can use it moringa oil on your wounds, as it contains blood clotting properties. This means it helps cuts and scratches stop bleeding! It helps fight infections.

 

Medicinal Mushrooms

Today is my first day of my last class! I am so excited/nervous/anxious. It is definitely bittersweet. I am going to miss this feeling when next semester comes around and I don’t have to worry about going to class. I always loved school. You meet so many different people and learn from everyone’s unique personalities and experiences. Everyone has a story to tell and has been through so much in their short time here. Graduate school is definitely a unique experience since there are so many people of diverse ages from different places in the world.

School is a crazy time. Everything seems rushed since you have little time to take care of yourself and your daily tasks. Since I am very busy with work, school, and working out, I have been trying to stay away from ordinary coffee. I hate the jitters and the bitter taste. It is also hard to make a pot of coffee at 5 am while I am rushing out the door. I have been mostly drinking Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee.

mushroom

Four Sigmatic takes various mushrooms, like Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps and Lions Mane and makes them into a delicious, healthy drink. They make Mushroom Coffee, Mushroom Superfood Blends, and Mushroom Elixirs. Many people throughout the world, especially in the countryside of China and Finland, incorporate these types of mushrooms into their diets.

You may be confused with the thought of adding mushrooms to coffee; however, medicinal mushrooms are much different than the culinary kind. The medicinal kinds of mushrooms are not grown on the grown, they are grown on or near trees. They sometimes look like tree bark. Unlike culinary mushrooms, they are not eaten raw. They go through a process called water extraction or alcohol extraction.

Each type of medicinal mushroom has different health benefits, ranging from stimulating nerve growth to treating an upset stomach. They contain polysaccharides. Polysaccharides are compounds that have been linked to protection against cancer cells, helping the immune system and many other benefits.

Mushrooms are said to be the original superfood.

The Mushroom Coffee is made from organic Arabica Coffee, Chaga mushroom, lion’s mane mushroom and organic Rhodiola Root. The Organic Arabica Coffee is grown in the highlands of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas in Mexico. It is grown in prosperous volcanic soil, giving it a rich, smooth taste. The Chaga Mushrooms give the coffee an extra energizing boost, along with antioxidant properties. Lion’s Mane Mushrooms have been used for centuries to enhance cognitive properties, while the Organic Rhodiola Root is used for concentration and memory.

The coffee helps me stay focused throughout the day. It has a smooth, rich taste that is different from ordinary coffee. It can be added to water, as well as milk and smoothies! It doesn’t leave you jittery or craving more. It has ZERO calories!

Use  NutritiousNoodle at check out to receive 10% off your order!

Be present

As I begin to pack my belongings, it makes me think of all the memories I have gained in my childhood home. From sliding down the muddy hills in my front yard to having mental breakdowns as a teenager, I wouldn’t change a thing. The past twenty years in this house seems like a blur. It went by faster than I ever imagined. I now begin my life as an adult in my own apartment.

I know I will have an amazing time in my new apartment. Being a block from the bay in a small town is what I always wanted. There is still a part of me that is sad. It is bittersweet. I took everything for granted without thanking the most important people in my life. They gave me everything from love to laughter to an education. They gave me a family and a home. I could not be more thankful for my parents and everyone else in my life.

In the next stages, I hope to be more in the moment. I anticipate being in the present, so I don’t take everything for granted.

Being in the present:

  1. Enjoy the little things.
    What is happening today won’t be happening tomorrow. It is important to look up at the sky and enjoy the sunny day.
  2. Be happy.
    Laugh at what goes wrong instead of getting mad. Situations that happen today will get better in the future.
  3. Single-task.
    Do one thing at a time. Enjoy every moment from eating to walking.
  4. Do less.
    Enjoy your time off. Make space for time for you and time for family. Instead of rushing through life, just relax. Spend five minutes each day doing nothing.
  5. Stop worrying about the future.
    Recognize what you are thinking about and try to concentrate on the present. Thinking about the future will only stress you out.
  6. Pay attention.
    Pay attention during conversations and pay attention to what you are doing. Just listen and focus.
  7. Explore.
    As my grandma always told me, the most important thing in life is to explore. There are so many wonderful things in this world and we should see it all.

 Just live slowly and enjoy your life.

Lavender Muffins

Lavender Muffins

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1 egg
3/4 cup milk (I used rice milk)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup oats
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp dry lavender buds
3 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Heat oven to 400 F. Line muffin cups. Beat egg, stir in milk and oil. Pulse lavender buds and sugar in a food processor until the buds are fine. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients all at once. Stir until flour is wet. Fill muffin cups 3/4 the way full and bake for about 20 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown.

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Lavender Glaze

1 cup milk
2 tbsp dry lavender
2 cups confectioner sugar

Bowl milk in a small sauce pan. Add lavender and let steep for 10 minutes. Drain the milk. Add confectioner sugar and stir.