Written by Dr Sandra Miranda, ND

As many of you know, I was in pretty bad car accident a few months ago.  I feel very grateful to have crawled out of it mostly unharmed.  Hospital said that I only had “soft tissue injuries”. 

In spite of my luck, this experience was definitely a big stress in my body.  After the shock subsided and my adrenalin decreased, I was feeling like my body wanted to crash. 

I started taking Ashwagandha and it has really helped.

Have you ever tried Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is an incredibly benefical Ayurvedic herb that help you increase your resistance to stresses and illnesses.

It is cortisol balancer! What does this mean?

The adrenals are your stress glands. When stress becomes chronic or intense it causes our adrenal glands to produce a high amount of a stress hormone called cortisol without a chance to rest and recover.  Most people are able to deal with stress for a short while without a problem. This length of time depends on genetics and on your nutritional availability.

Eventually, if stress persists then the level of cortisol declines and we become burned out.

Symptoms of adrenal dysfunction include:  fatigue (especially in the morning on waking), anxiety, insomnia, racing thoughts, dizziness on standing, taking a long time to recover after exercising and when everyone around you seems a lot more irritating than ever before.

Ashwaghanda is a cortisol hormone stabilizer. It does not matter if your cortisol is high or low this herb will help bring it to the right levels.

Besides relieving stress, other benefits of this wonderful herb include: boosting brain function, can reduce blood sugar levels, helps fight symptoms of anxiety and depression and it can increase muscle mass and strength!! WOW! 

Very simple- just add a tsp of Ashwaghanda powder to your morning smoothie.  You can easily find it in any health food store.  Try to be consistent with it for a good 4 to 6 weeks for optimal results. And let me know how you feel with it!   I would be very interested in your experience.