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Up until recently, I’d been feeling “off.” I couldn’t quite put my finger on what the issue was, but I knew I didn’t feel 100%. When feeling off-center, I can typically trace the cause back to a lack of sleep/exercise or eating poorly. I’d been exercising regularly, sleeping a decent amount, and eating well. I couldn’t work out what was wrong.
It was then I fortuitously stumbled upon an episode of a beauty podcast called Glowing Up. On this particular episode titled “We
For some time I’ve had a tincture of Ashwagandha (one of the many adaptogens out there) sitting in my cabinet. Listening to the episode was the encouragement I needed to take that little bottle off my shelf and begin using it.
I have never felt better.
Benefits of Ashwagandha
There are many claimed benefits from taking Ashwagandha. Here are the most commonly listed ones:
- Combats Stress
- Reduces Anxiety/ Depression
- Boosts immunity
- Reduces Blood Sugar
Effects I Immediately Noticed
- Anxiety gone. I didn’t realize how much anxiety I was actually carrying around, but I’ve felt as though a weight has been lifted off my chest. Things that would have typically made me anxious simply don’t bother me or are far easier to just say “whatever” to.
- Balanced Energy. After taking Ashwagandha, I’ve noticed a more consistent energy throughout the day. Instead of my energy randomly peaking or waning, I operate at a much more even keel.
There are many ways to consume Ashwagandha. The most common are
How I Consume Ashwagandha
I have only taken the tincture form so this is the one I can attest to. On its own, the tincture has quite a strong flavor. However, when combined with various drinks, it adds a nutty-richness. For me, I need to add some milk and sweetener to my drinks when adding Ashwagandha.
- Matcha Latte. In a mug, combine 2 tablespoons boiling water, 1 teaspoon matcha powder, 1/2 dropper of ashwagandha, and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Stir to combine. Heat up (either on the stove or in microwave) 1 cup of almond/ soy milk then pour it into the other mug. Using a fork, give everything a good whisk.
- Black Tea. Brew one cup of your favorite black tea. Add 1/4 cup of almond/ soy milk, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and 1/2 dropper of ashwagandha. Stir to combine.
I’ve been taking Ashwagandha for about a month now, and I can really tell the difference. I take it within the first few hours of being awake. Occasionally I’ll take more midday if I feel I need a little assistance.
It’s easy and fast to add Ashwagandha to your everyday routine, give it a try!
What adaptogens have you tried? Have you taken Ashwagandha in a form other than tincture? I love hearing people’s experiences with various adaptogens!
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