day 2: whole body defense 

I get this from Gaia and it has Echinacea, Astragalus and Larch with Maitake mushroom extract. This combo is pure gold: 
Echinacea boosts the immune system, can be used as a natural pain killer, may relieve mild constipation, is antiinflammatory, improves certain skin problems, relieves upper respiratory issues, and fights infection! 

Astragalus is an adaptogenic herb best known for lowering cortisol (yes please!) it is antiinflammatory, immune boosting, slows growth of cancerous cells, protects cardiovascular system, regulates/prevents diabetes and illnesses associated with diabetes, good for the kidneys, antioxidant & antiaging, heals wounds, can alleviate negative side effects of chemotherapy, treats common cold & flu, and can beneficial for asthma patients! I mean.. wow 

•larch (arabinogalactans) is a type of polysaccharide & dietary fiber that is known for boosting the immune system. It is also a prebiotic so it is good for gut health! It helps to fight off bacterial and viral infections and is also thought to prevent cancer because it can activate natural killer cells!  

maitake mushroom lowers cholesterol, lowers blood sugar levels, immune benefits to help fight infection, may inhibit cancer formation & aid in chemotherapy use, increased vitamin d3, antioxidant, copper, potassium & amino acids! 

Why I take it:

I started taking this towards the end of nursing school, after not taking care of myself for almost a year and being under chronic stress. Needless to say I was really feeling it. I mainly took it to help manage my stress and cortisol levels which I knew were through the roof (I didn’t need a blood test for that). Yet along with managing my stress & immune system I get all of these other lovely benefits! 

When to take it:

I typically try to take this in the morning so that by body reaps the benefits throughout the day!

How it can help you:

  • the possibilities are endless…
  • lowering cortisol levels 
  • overall immune wellness
  • lowering cholesterol
  • anti aging 
  • preventing cancer & other diseases
  • managing cancer & other diseases
  • i am convinced that this magic little pill might be able to turn you into a mermaid… ill keep you posted 

 

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