Adaptogens are defined as a particular class of plants, mostly herbs that are able to decrease the level of stress, anxiety, fatigue and tiredness in the human body ( symptoms often associated with high levels of stress) In particular, adaptogens increase the ability of the human body to react and adapt to a wide range of stressors
Adaptogens according to their proponents, have a normalising effect on the body. This means that they don’t serve a single function, unlike many medicines and herbs, and this is what makes them unique. The belief is that adaptogens may be able to ‘adapt’ to whatever the body is dealing with (stress, anxiety, fatigue), and help alleviate or lessen the symptoms.
Adaptogens and how they can help manage stress and anxiety.
Can adaptogens help relieve the mental and physical effects of stress? We may think of stress and anxiety as being modern conditions. A by-product of today’s hectic lifestyles where we are constantly on the go, managing work inboxes, updating social media, trying to be the perfect parent and partner, whilst bottom of the list is the one about carving out some valuable time for ourselves.
In fact the human body has always had to deal with stress, be it from wars, potentially fatal diseases, poverty, predators. So while the sources of tension and fear have changed over time, the existence of stress—and the human body’s response to it—hasn’t. (more…)
Did you sleep well? Adequate rest is the holy grail of well-being for many of us. We have the best of intentions about getting the ‘right’ amount of sleep (which we all know so well by now is 7-9 hours-worth). When as so often happens, we fall short of this, we can feel cheated, almost guilty, and as if we have failed in our duty to keep our bodies and minds in decent shape.
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Common problems associated with sleeping include difficulty falling asleep, waking in the night and waking up too early. Some have physical causes, some are linked to our mental state. All of these will lead to us feeling groggy and not ready to face the day, let alone get through it. (more…)
How to make Kegel Exercises Effective and Fun with the Elvie Personal Trainer
What are Kegel Muscles and Kegel Exercises?
Kegel Exercises should ideally be part of a woman’s daily routine. Kegel muscles also known as pelvic floor muscles are located between the tailbone and pubic bone.They are critical for ensuring good bladder control and also help maintain a strong and balanced core.
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You may be wondering why so much importance, time and effort should be put into making your Kegel/ pelvic floor muscles stronger, and how they came to be weakened in the first place. Various activities and milestones in a woman’s life can put stress on the pelvic floor muscles, particularly pregnancy and labour, and even sports such as jogging or running. (more…)
The Challenges of Staying Fit in Your Fifties and Beyond
Maintaining a fitness regime is important throughout life. Whether or not you have exercised regularly over the years, once you reach your fifties and beyond, the challenges and rewards from keeping fit will become even more apparent. It really comes down to being able to adapt your fitness regime around perhaps dealing with some minor injuries, longer recovery times from exercise sessions and general feelings of apathy, which let’s face it affect us all. (more…)
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What are the Benefits of Doing a 15 Minute Workout?
15 minute workouts are a great addition to a fitness regime. Working out for just 15 minutes can give you such a boost both physically and mentally. It can also be a very effective use of workout minutes: a short sharp burst of activity such as Tabata or HIIT will ensure a great calorie burn which continues for up to 24 hours after the workout. 15 minutes of spot-training a particular area of the body will definitely show results if done consistently. (more…)
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Menopause – Finding the Best Treatments for You
The ‘M’ word – Menopause. Not exactly readily discussed, either online or in the real world. It’s my belief that until all those glamorous thirty-something mum bloggers have fast-forwarded 20 years, their gorgeous tots morphed into gangly, awkward teens who are less instagram-friendly, and they themselves start to feel the effects of peri-menopausal hormone-withdrawal, will we really get attention lavished on the subject. I’ve searched through numerous blog posts and simply can’t find any ’10-top tips’ or ‘The Best way to Manage Your Menopause. I’m sure they exist, and there is information out there of course. It just does not seem to be a very cool topic (no pun intended for those of us feeling the heat at inconvenient times) So, I decided to produce a post about the menopause myself. (more…)