The stress response is critical to our survival – it is the “save your life” response that turns on anytime we need to act fast and in protection of ourselves and our loved ones. When we perceive stress, the adrenals secrete a hormone called cortisol, giving us the instant energy we need to step up to the plate and do what is needed in the situation.
When we stay in a place of elevated stress for weeks or even months at a time, the stress chemistry in our bodies begins to wear us down. Cortisol signals the liver and fat cells (especially around the belly) to release extra glucose into the bloodstream to give us more of that instant energy. When blood sugar levels go up, so does insulin production, giving rise to the possibility of insulin resistance and other blood sugar issues.
Elevated insulin levels tell the brain not to produce another hormone called leptin, which is the hormone that signals to the body that we are full and to stop eating. Without this hormone, the body receives a starvation response, our cravings for comfort foods continue, and the cycle of excess sugar in the bloodstream is perpetuated. Moreover, the foods we crave when the starvation response is triggered are typically quick-energy, high-sugar foods that overshoot the energy runway and end up storing as fat.
Chronically high stress levels can also adversely affect two very important functions in the body: digestion and sleep.
According to Ayurveda, stress pounds away at the gut wall, giving way to improper detoxification and the incomplete absorption of nutrients. As a result, immunity can suffer, among other body functions. According to Ayurveda, digestion is a central function in the body, upon which the well-being of the entire organism depends.
Chronic stress can also compromise the quality of our sleep. When we don’t sleep well, our bodies compensate for the lack of high-quality energy by producing ghrelin, the hunger hormone. This also leads to packing on extra calories and often results in weight gain.
It is becoming more and more clear that human beings do not thrive on constant stress. One of Ayurveda’s central goals is to teach us how to live a stress-free lifestyle and still accomplish everything we need to accomplish. In order to get here, a reset from the accumulated stress is often needed, for which Ayurveda provides the necessary tools.
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Ashwagandha also known as winter cherry, is becoming a favorite adaptogen with many Western herbalists because of its unique nourishing and stabilizing properties. An adaptogen is an herb with overall nervine tonic benefits – energizing the body when it needs it during the day, and calming overactive nerves for easy and restful sleep at night. In the daytime, it helps support healthy weight loss, detox, cognitive function, hormone balance, sexual health, and the immune system, all of which can be negatively impacted by stress.*
B-12 Boost is the most biologically active form of the water-soluble B vitamin, folate. It is the preferred form of folate supplementation due to an array of conditions that can limit conversion or absorption of folic acid. Data indicate that supplementing with 5-MTHF increases plasma folate more effectively than folic acid. MecobalActive™, which is found in the B-12 Boost™ formula, is a highly pure form of methylcobalamin that does not use any harmful solvents during manufacture.*
Chyawanprash is a classic Ayurvedic superfood with a supporting cast of over 40 organic herbs for anyone who needs support to avoid vata imbalances during seasonal changes and stressful life transitions. The base and key ingredient of this formula is Amalaki, or Indian Gooseberry, a powerful antioxidant fruit that is considered a superfood in India for its potent free radical-scavenging properties. Chyawanprash helps support the body’s natural ability to remove toxins or “ama” and boost “ojas” which, in Ayurveda, supports optimal vigor and vitality.
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Energico is a proprietary, adaptogenic, herbal formula designed to support the nervous system and help the body to replenish the reserves and adapt to stress to get through the day. If the body is depleted and deficient, it will constantly be “borrowing,” going more and more into debt and having to produce more adrenaline and stress-fighting hormones, which are toxic to the body.
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Happy Caps: Designed to support a healthy stress response, Happy Caps is a blend of five all-organic herbs: Bacopa, Gotu Kola (Brahmi), Shankhpushpi, Skullcap and Passion Flower. By tonifying the nervous system, it encourages stabilized mood, energy, digestion, elimination and the balancing of other stress-related concerns.
Ojas Nightly Tonic: According to Ayurveda, chronic or excessive stress depletes a precious substance in the body called ojas (OH-jas). When ojas is depleted, either from lack of sleep, poor digestion, or excessive activity, the body may break down. Ojas Nightly Tonic is a blend of special Ayurvedic foods and herbs that restore ojas reserves in the body. To rebuild ojas, drink one cup of the Ojas Nightly Tonic per day.
Regenerate is a proprietary blend of shilajit, ashwagandha, and amalaki. Shilajit is known in India as “the destroyer of weakness.” For thousands of years, shilajit has been used to support energy, memory, absorption of vital nutrients, intelligence, healthy blood sugar, detoxification, and cellular protection. Shilajit is widely known for its ability to support cell function through healthy cellular oxygenation while promoting cell protection with antioxidant support. It is with this in mind that our shilajit product is named, “Regenerate Shilajit.”*
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