JAY BRADLEY 19 JANUARY 2016
It happens to us all. Some days we feel energized and exuberant while others we are left drained, exhausted, and overwhelmed. Life provides numerous obstacles and it’s only normal to feel tired from time to time.
I know I’ve often been left wondering is it my diet, too much work, or not enough quality sleep that leaves me lethargic at times? You may be wondering what happened to your sharp mind and vigorous sex drive? The answer isn’t always cut and dry and there are many variables when it comes to our health and overall level of energy.
While diet and sleep largely affect how we feel, stress also plays a huge factor in feeling fatigued. Stress pumps cortisol (also known as the stress hormone) into our systems directly from the adrenal glands. The “fight or flight” response we get from cortisol being released is normal but if too much is released too often, this can exhaust our adrenal glands making them less efficient and effective. In turn, we have a tough time feeling calm which may lead to less physical energy and a lowered sex drive.
The good news is that there are natural herbs which offer support to the adrenal glands and are known to boost the libido and energy levels too!
Here is a list of the top 3 choices which are all part of the ginseng family. I have noticed amazing results using these herbs with no adverse side effects. It’s best to try one for 3 months and then change it up periodically.
MACA is also known as Peruvian ginseng and comes from the radish family. It is most commonly found in supplement or powder form and can easily be added to your daily smoothie or cookie recipe.
ASHWAGANDA is a part of the tomato family and is also called Indian ginseng. Often used in the Ayurvedic tradition, this orange berry-like fruit with a leaf around it offers great adrenal and libido-supporting properties and many people notice a wonderful, steady energy soon after taking it.
TONGKAT ALI is also called Malaysian ginseng and has been referred to as Asian Pfizer’s Blue for obvious reasons. It is known to provide steady energy and a libido boost by supporting proper testosterone production in men. Tongkat Ali also works for women.
Listen to your body at all times. Just because something is natural doesn’t always mean that they are good for your individual health situation. It’s best to supplement with these herbs earlier in the day to avoid insomnia and lastly, look for top quality, organic products and always check with your doctor before beginning a new supplement regimen.