Finding Balance in Your Life as a Mom
Being woken up at whatever moment in the night, constantly being told “I’m hungry,” running kids from one activity to the next, taking care of laundry and meals… this is life as a mom. It is easy for stress to creep in. As a mom, it is important to engage in a bit of self-care along the way. Often, when we think of self-care, our minds turn to things like going out for an afternoon of shopping or treating ourselves to a specialty coffee or a manicure. While all these things are good and helpful, self-care needs to be a part of our daily routine. We can achieve this by making healthy choices for ourselves through eating nutritious food, exercising, and getting adequate sleep. These choices may not be as much fun as taking time away from the family, but this is where self-care starts. As a mom of three little ones, prioritizing this type of self-care can really make a difference to how I feel and interact with my kids. Another avenue towards self-care is taking the right herbal products to keep your body and energy as balanced as possible.
Adaptogens – Aid Towards a Life of Balance
Herbs are powerful and wide-ranging in their impact, helping us to live our best. There are specific herbs called adaptogens, “adaptogen” being a term that was coined by Russian scientists to describe certain powerful plant remedies. Adaptogens are metabolic regulators that help the body adapt to physical, environmental, and psychological stressors, making it easier for your body to be in balance. For many decades, elite athletes in Russia, Germany and China have used adaptogen herbs as training aids. These herbs can, for example, significantly shorten recovery times between workouts, enabling athletes to train harder, longer and more intensely with fewer repercussions. And they’re exactly what a mom might need—not just athletes!
Ashwagandha – One Herb, Many Benefits!
Among the adaptogens, ashwagandha stands out as unique. It is a marvelously effective herb on many levels. Used for many centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medical system of India, ashwagandha has been described as nature's wonder herb.
A relatively recent placebo-controlled clinical trial of ashwagandha that examined 64 patients with a history of chronic stress found that the treatment group showed significant reduction of stress scores relative to the placebo group. As well, ashwagandha is a compelling alternative for dealing with anxiety, which often accompanies stress. A systematic review of five human clinical trials that tested ashwagandha as a treatment for anxiety and stress found an improvement in symptoms as compared to placebo and cognitive-behavioral therapy, for example. Stress has been linked to obesity, because it elevates hormones like cortisol. This leads in turn to problems such as increased food intake, resulting in weight gain and metabolic syndrome. A further trial suggests that ashwagandha can be used for body weight management in adults under chronic stress. It’s not surprising either that among the many impressive strengths of this wonder herb are its potent tonic effects on sexual function and fertility in both men and women. Also, it has remarkable neuro-regenerative properties, helping preserve the health of the aging brain and nurture the nervous system. Beyond this, for example, it has anti-inflammatory properties for arthritic and rheumatic conditions. Vitality, energy, endurance, stamina, athletic performance, enhanced immune function, and a general feeling of well-being—it’s all part of ashwagandha’s many-faceted effectiveness. One herb, many benefits, not least for the stressed-out mom who wants to preserve her strength and her sanity!
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A plant that is native to the dry areas of India, the Middle East, and northern Africa, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) belongs to the Solanaceae or nightshade family.