Adaptogens ♡

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Hello Friends! I know that it has been a while since I have posted. I have been thinking about sharing this with you for a while. A few years ago, I discovered something that  really changed my life. 

I discovered ADAPTOGENS !!!!! Adaptogens are a herbal/plant medicine that protects the body from various stressors. You can think of adaptogens as ancient herbal medicines that have been used for hundreds of years from all over the world. There are many different types of adaptogens that focus on many different healing benefits, wether it’s anxiety, stress, focus, skin, hair and more. Today I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite adaptogens. 🙂

One thing that I would like to emphasize is that adaptogens are life changing but to see results it requires consistency and patience. I’d like to think of my relationships with adaptogens as life long. As cheesy as this sounds, taking adaptogens is a daily ritual for me. It is a journey and I find that different adaptogens are helpful to me in different seasons in my life. I wanted to share with you a few that have benefited my body and my life.

*I like to take my adaptogens with warm water and I drink them as a tea (I do not mind the taste). Some people mind the taste and add them into their smoothies, teas, soups and or coffee. 

Ashwaganda

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First, I will start with an adaptogen that many of you may have already heard of Ashwagandha. This is a great adaptogen to start off with if you are new to the adaptogen world. Ashwagandha is an ayurvedic medicine commonly used in India and in the Middle East.

Benefits of Ashwagandha:

  • Reduces stress hormones (cortisol levels)
  • Supports your immune system
  • Improves sleep
  • Shown in studies to have strong anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effect
  • Boosts longevity

I felt improvements after I was taking this adaptogen daily for several months. I mostly felt more calm and less anxious. When I feel really stressed I drink Ashwagandha and I feel as though my body recognizes this supplement and I instantly feel calmer. But remember! This is meant to be taken consistently.

Rhodiola

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As you can see it is also called the “Brain Tonic.”  When I first purchased Rhodiola I was studying a lot because I was in school and I had a lot of trouble focusing. I did my research and thought I would give Rhodiola a try. After using Rhodiola consistently for several weeks I really could tell that I was focusing a lot more during class, as I was studying for exams.

Benefits of Rhodiola:

  • Improves brain function (In a scientific study, Rhodiola reduced mental fatigue and improved performance on work-related tasks by 20%)
  • Promotes mental clarity
  • Promotes stamina and longevity

Fun fact: You can find Rhodiola growing in the mountains of Europe and Central Asia.

He Shou Wu (One of my favorites)

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He Shou Wu is an ancient chinese herb (grown in Southern and Central China). I was first drawn to He Shou Wu for its hair benefits. I have inserted an example of a before and after photo of me after taking He Shou Wu consistently for several months. He Shou Wu is definitely one of my favorite adaptogens and I still use it in my routine.

Fun Fact: Ancient Story

When I was researching about this ancient herb, I read a few legends about the herb. The name He Shou Wu came from a man named Mr. Ho. When Mr. Ho was 58 years, a monk advised him to take an herb that was called  jiaoteng. After taking the herb daily his hair turned from gray to black, strong, long and healthy, his vision improved, and his body became more youthful. Some say he lived until he was 160 and died with black hair. Since then, the herb has been called Mr. Ho’s hair is black (shou = head; wu = black).

Benefits of He Shou Wu:

  • Hair growth
  • Boosts Libido
  • Supporting healthier longevity and aging
  • Helps reduce cholesterol
  • Nourishes blood, skin and nervous system
  • Said to turn gray hair back to its original color.

 

Here is a before and after photo of me (Before I took He Shou Wu on the Left and after taking He Shou Wu daily for 4-5 months to the right)

 

Look at the difference in my hair, my hair grew so quickly and it looked so much healthier, stronger and longer.

Ashitaba (Another one of my favorites for various reasons)

Ashitaba is a Japanese plant, it means “Tomorrow’s leaf” in Japanese. As I was researching about adaptogens I came across Ashitaba and decided to try it in Japan first. Since my mom’s side of the family is Japanese, I was able to purchase Ashitaba at a store in Japan. Unfortunately the brand isn’t sold in the states 😦 I also have the Ashitaba from Sun Potion but I prefer to use the one I bought in Japan. Now my grandma sends me Ashitaba every now and then.

I drink Ashitaba daily for many reasons, first being that I have anemia and I have really low blood pressure. Ashitaba is known to be a blood builder and is rich in b12. This is good for anyone with low blood pressure. Many vegans and vegetarians are also recommended to take Ashitaba because of its rich source in vitamin B. Another reason why I love taking Ashitaba is because it has done wonders to my skin. I have always had trouble with acne and this has helped my skin tremendously.

Benefits:

  • Rich source in Vitamin B
  • Improves skin
  • Helps you take regular poopies

 

There are many different brands that sell adaptogens, I would recommend to do your own research before purchasing adaptogens. I really like Sun Potion because they work with suppliers from all over the world to sell the best quality. Their ingredients are organic and clean and they never use ingredients that have been chemically treated.

These are some of the adaptogens I have used and that have worked for me. Please do your research before trying or purchasing anything. I am no doctor, I am just here to share with you what has helped me and I hope to inspire you to implement adaptogens into your life 🙂

Thank you for reading.

With so much love,

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5 Important Etiquettes in the Yoga Studio ♡

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 Yoga is a journey and I learn something new every time I practice. I have been practicing yoga for about three years and am also a certified yoga instructor.  This summer I have had the great privilege of working at a studio in my hometown.  There are many important etiquettes in the studio but I wanted to point out 5 important points that I truly believe are vital in helping you and others in having a great experience in the studio.

1. Keep quiet in the yoga room- The second  an individual steps into a yoga room is when their practice begins.  You can use this time laying in savasana to meditate and even set your intentions for your class. Think about what you want to focus and improve on in your class whether it’s focusing on your alignment, balance, or breath. Keeping quiet is important to others that are embracing the quiet space. Even if you do not meditate or do not like keeping quiet please respect the yogis around you by doing so.

2. Respect the instructor- Remember yoga instructors are human. Sometimes people tend to forget that an instructor might make a mistake during a class and thats okay!! They are also on a learning journey. Embrace the perfections and imperfections of the class. Always remember to thank them at the end of your class. Instructors are there to help you on your yoga journey so if you have any questions never feel afraid to ask! Instructors love your encouragement and constructive criticism in a kind manner.

3. Clean up after yourself- Although you are there to focus on your practice make sure to always respect the studio by cleaning up after yourself. We want to keep the yoga studio clean to respect our yogi friends, instructors, and ourselves. We also wouldn’t want to attend a dirty studio so  remember to pick up after yourself.

4. Be Kind & Grateful To Others- Many times I notice that we tend to compare our level of practice to others. Which is normal to do but can turn into something very unhealthy. It can also hinder your growth in your practice. Different people have several reasons on why they  do yoga wether it is for fitness, spiritual, or health reasons.  Always respect where others are in their practice and where you are in your practice as well. Remember yoga is not a competition it is an individual  journey. Being able to practice yoga with others is a great way to grow and celebrate where each and every individual is in their practice.

“Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.” -Paramahansa Yogananda

5. Be Kind & Grateful To Yourself- Most importantly be kind to yourself. Embrace where you are in your practice. Try to listen to your body and  accept where your strengths and weaknesses are. Love who you are and enjoy your yoga journey. Yoga is a practice so don’t be too hard on yourself but also try to find your edge in your practice. Always listen, look for improvement, and respect your well being.

“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”  –T.K.V. Desikachar

Lets continue on our yogi journey! As the yoga studio I attend always says-

The light in me honors the light in you”

Lets honor the light in ourselves and others today.

What are some yoga etiquettes you feel are important to point out in the yoga studio?

I would love to hear from you.

with so much love,

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Buddha’s Brew Kombucha ♡

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People think that being healthy means you have to make yourself eat and drink things that are not as tasty but that is definitely far from the truth. I know I used to think that way but  have explored and found products & recipes that are far better in taste and are doing great benefits for my health. For example my favorite Buddha’s Brew Kombucha.

 Kombucha is a fermented beverage that carries bacterias and probiotics. I know you’re thinking bacteria??  Yes!!! but it is the bacteria that is good for you. (Not all bacterias are bad).

Kombucha Benefits- improves digestion, skin and hair, weight loss, increases energy, helps immune support, and detoxification. (These are few examples of many kombucha’s benefits)

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I have tried most of Buddha’s Brews beverages and have loved every single one of them.

Buddha’s Brew first started selling their products at local Farmers Markets in Austin, TX and are now selling locally in Texas and outside of Texas in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

For more information about locations and on Buddha’s Brew check out their website here- http://www.buddhasbrew.com/

If you’re looking for a cool, fresh, delicious, and healthy beverage this summer definitely grab a Buddha’s Brew.

cheers to us for enjoying being healthy ♡

with so much love,

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Sweet Green ♡

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I am so lucky to have one of my favorite restaurants  near by me.  Sweet Green is a place that serves local and organic ingredients from local farmers.

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Look how cute this place is!!

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I ordered the Harvest Bowl which had organic wild rice + shredded kale, apples, sweet potatoes, toasted almonds, local goat cheese, roasted chicken, balsamic vinaigrette with some tasty natural  lemonade!

mmmmm right?!

They  have soups, grain bowls, and  salads!

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Look they even show you what and where some of the ingredients are from! (as you can see most are from local farms)

Something that I love about Sweet Green  is that they make certain meals  based  on the season we are in. Obviously because certain vegetables taste better when they are in season.

Here is a link to their menu- http://sweetgreen.com/menu/

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if you’ve been to Sweet Green what is your favorite meal you get from there?! I’d love to know

Since finals is going on it is important to feed your body with healthy nutrients to help keep your body moving, sooo I definitely recommend going to this place especially during this time of the year!

ENJOYYYYY

with so much love,

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My favorite coconut water ♡

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There are many different brands of coconut water that I have tried but C2O is by far my favorite brand of coconut water. It is the most natural and refreshing beverage that I have tasted. C2O is 100% natural, fat free, unsweetened, and contains a whole load of potassium!

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I bought one that contained pulp this time but for those of you who don’t like pulp don’t you worry they have pulp free as well 😉

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its so yummy guys 🙂 coconut water is so good for you. It keeps you hydrated, helps your immune system, digestive system, and the list can go on and on!

They sell C2O at any Whole Foods store

You can also purchase them online- http://www.c2o-cocowater.com/ 

Stay rejuvenated everyone 🙂

with so much love,

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The Juicery @ The North End ♡

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I go to the North End (Little Italy) often and I always pass by this really cute Juice shop so I decided to give it a try 🙂

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I liked that they had so much variety on their menu from Juices to Smoothies to Acai Bowls

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I tried the smoothie called “Woah Nellie”  which had banana, strawberry, raspberry, yogurt, coconut, apple juice and almond milk

MMMM, right?!

It was delicious, as a lover of all fruits… I love that they added so many fruits to this drink

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This store is definitely Alisa approved ❤

I’ll definitely go again

for those of you who live in the area I would definitely recommend for you to go here and check it out 🙂

with so much love,

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My Favorite Cold Pressed Juice ♡

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Some of you guys may know I am obsessed with cold pressed juices

I have found my favorite cold pressed juice by the Blue Print 

(Photo Credit to my roomie Callie Sullivan <3)

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it’s usually so hard to find healthy juices that taste good, but this tastes great

I know you might see the word kale or celery and be like “ewww” but please  trust me it’s good

. I actually try to drink this every morning so that I start my day with healthy nutrients

guys its sooo good…. I recommend it 😉

I buy mine at a whole foods near me, they also sell their products online

here is the link to their website: http://blueprintcleanse.com/

Hope you guys try it and like it as much as I do 🙂

with so much love,

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