Nutrition

Biohacking for Everyone

1. Sun exposure Sun exposure is pivotal for reaching optimal health: it helps regulate our circadian rhythm (energy and sleep) and hormone production, especially when sunlight hits the skin or eyes without protection (sunscreen, hats & sunglasses). How: Get some sun in the morning, before the peak UV ray production midday. Let the sun hit your skin for 15 – 30 mins without any protection. 2. Meditation Bringing mindfulness into your life creates time and space in your busy day-to-day schedule. Rather than stressing about your never-ending to-do list, meditating forces you to be present. How: Start small, say 5 minutes a day and gradually work up to 30 mins, if you want. Focusing on your breath calms the mind very quickly. If you find your mind wondering (which is totally normal!), just bring it back to how you’re breathing. 3. Intermittent fasting Intermittent fasting gives the body an opportunity to deep clean organs and detoxify by extending the period of not consuming food. Without any food in your system, your mitochondria has the opportunity to clean out toxins from pollution, cleaning products, food, products used on your skin, etc. Giving your body time to do a clean sweep allows the organs and mitochondria to function…

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Ashwagandha: Ancient Medicine for Modern Adrenals

By Dr. Beth Baldwin Over the past few years, dozens of Moon Milk recipes have appeared on various culinary and wellness blogs. These beautifully colorful and fragrant bedtime drinks are a trendy twist on the traditional Ayurvedic preparation of warm milk with an adaptogenic herb, usually Ashwagandha, given at bedtime to promote restorative sleep. Cow, coconut or nut milk may be used, and recipes often include other herbs to help promote sleep and alleviate stress, such as nutmeg, chamomile, skullcap or lavender. Variations range from a more traditional Golden Milk with turmeric and warming spices featured on Bon Appetit, to the beautifully fragrant Vanilla Rose Moon Milk, to the visually stunning Mermaid Latte made with blue matcha. For over 3000 years, Ashwagandha has been used as a “Rasayana” or rejuvenator within Ayurvedic medicine, to promote youthful vigor, muscle strength and endurance Moon Milk is just one way to take Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), an Ayurvedic botanical medicine that is enjoying a renaissance for addressing the health issues that accompany chronic stress. For over 3000 years, Ashwagandha has been used as a “Rasayana” or rejuvenator within Ayurvedic medicine, to promote youthful vigor, muscle strength and endurance [1].  Similarly, in Western herbalism, Ashwagandha is…

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