Friday, April 17, 2015
The system in our body that regulates metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and our moods, is known as the Endocrine System. It is made up of 7 Glands, which are directly connected to our 7 Chakras. The glands produce hormones that are secreted directly into the bloodstream and influence all the functions of the body.
Stress is at that heart of many of our health conditions. When the body is stressed, your capacity to adapt is reduced, which can wreak havoc on the immune, nervous and inflammatory response systems (the endocrine glands). Inflammation occurs when tissues are injured by bacteria, trauma, toxins, heat, or any other cause. The damaged cells release chemicals that cause blood vessels to leak fluid into the tissues, causing swelling: inflammation. This helps isolate the foreign substance from further contact with body tissues.
Herbs that help the body manage this “stress,” and are called “adaptogenic herbs.” Some herbs that do this are: ashwagandha root, astragalus, schizandra, wild oats and American ginseng (which also supports normal levels of stamina and endurance).
My personal favorite that I take regularly is schizandra. Instead of starting your day with a cup of coffee, try schizandra berry tea to stimulate your mind or at night if you are too high strung to sleep. That seems contradictory, doesn’t it? Well, unlike caffeine, schizandra stimulates the nervous system without creating an excitatory effect, as it provides a mental boost without the jitteriness.
SCHIZANDRA is known for preventing early aging, increasing lifespan, normalizing blood sugar and blood pressure. As an adoptogen, it increases resistance to disease and stress, as it increases physical performance, endurance and raises energy (even at the cellular level); counteracting the effects of sugar and improving the health of the adrenal glands.
It is very powerful protecting the liver from poisons and treating hepatitis and various liver diseases. It also stimulates the immune system and speeds up recovery after surgery (of any kind).
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