Health Tonics: Our Top 5 for Fall
As we move into fall, it’s time to whip out the health tonics to fortify our bodies for the coming winter. Cold & flu season has already begun and it’s best to be proactive. Stock up on these favorites to warm the body, give it an immune boost, enhance digestion, maintain flexibility, improve skin quality, and more! Each is a whole food option to add to your daily routine. Read on to see which best fits your needs:
One of the traditional Ayurvedic health tonics made easy for you. It is a blend of turmeric, black pepper, ashwaganda, vanilla and dates. Turmeric is a known anti-inflammatory herb that is well-absorbed when combined with black pepper. It is also supportive to the liver and has been studied for its positive effects on Alzheimer’s, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, pain, inflammatory bowel disease, and more. Ashwaganda is an adaptogen that helps the body react better to stress, improves thyroid health, and is a component in many sleep formulas. Vanilla boosts mood and dates are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Just add to your favorite milk—coconut, almond, hemp, rice, or cow’s milk. Add a teaspoon of ghee to promote colonic health, a pinch of saffron for a bigger mood boost, and 1-2 teaspoons of honey to desired sweetness and enjoy!
If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own broth, this is a great substitute. With 20 grams of well-digested protein, it is excellent for those who workout, are recovering from injury, illness or surgery, or just need to build their health. It boosts muscle, tendon, ligament, bone, and gut health. It is naturally high in glycine, chondroitin, glucosamine, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. Glycine is used to make creatine, which supports healthy muscles. It is also important to detoxification. Chondroitin, glucosamine, and hyaluronic provide the building blocks for the joints. Collagen is in literally every connective tissue in the body—bones, ligaments, tendons, the gut lining, the skin, hair and nails, and the extracellular matrix. One of the latest and greatest health tonics taken by health nuts everywhere. Get strong with bone broth!
Herbal Aloe Force
There are so many reasons to take aloe—to quell inflammation, boost the immune system, attack gut pathogens, and quench free radicals. Aloe is soothing to the gut lining, and is anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant. This aloe not only has the aloin removed to prevent undesirable laxative effects, but is fortified with multiple herbs that promote the immune system and its regulation. You’ll get the benefits of cat’s claw, astragalus, pau d’arco, chamomile, hawthorne berry and the “Essiac” herbs. Cat’s claw is an immune system modulator, astragalus builds the immune system from the bottom up, and pau d’arco fights pathogenic yeast. Chamomile soothes the stomach and is anti-bacterial, hawthorn improves circulation, and the Essiac herbs are potent detoxifiers and blood cleansers. Use it to improve digestive health, deal with pain and inflammation throughout the body, bolster the immune response, and oxygenate the body.
Our customers couldn’t love this more! Raw apple cider vinegar and a great combination of herbs make for a great tonic. It stimulates digestion, keeps colds and flus away, delivers an energy pick-me-up, is great in dressings, and will nip a hangover. You’ll find ginger, garlic, onion, horseradish, turmeric, habanero pepper, orange and lemon in this Certified Organic mix. Add to juice or tea, cook with it, or just throw a shot back!
Stamets 7 Mushroom Blend
Mushrooms are excellent health tonics. Pack a punch for daily immune health with this blend of 7 certified organic mushrooms. Mushrooms build the immune system due to their high polysaccharide content. They also have a full spectrum of beneficial compounds including antioxidants, minerals, fatty acids, and enzymes. The blend supports the body’s adaptation to physical, mental, and environmental stress. It includes reishi, lion’s mane, chaga, maitake, royal sun blazei, cordyceps, and messima. Take 2 capsules and be well!
Ideally we want to keep our bodies strong and resilient rather than waiting until we become ill. Pick the health tonic that best suits your needs and add it to your daily regimen. If you need help, ask any of our staff to assist you. Each of these health tonics is a great way to use whole food nutrition to strengthen your body. We’ll be sampling the fire cider and the golden milk throughout the month so stop by and try them!