The Best Energy Boosting Herbs

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It seems like everyone I know is totally addicted to coffee. They have coffee first thing when they wake up, coffee with breakfast, coffee with lunch, coffee on their way home from work- it’s madness! I don’t have time or patience to deal with the roller coaster of jitters and crashes caused by coffee. Luckily, there are natural alternatives that are healthier and much more effective.

Cordyceps sinensis and rhodiola rosea are the perfect solution for anyone who needs to boost their energy. Cordyceps and rhodiola are known as adaptogen herbs. In order to be classified as an adaptogen herb, the herb must have the ability to normalize and improve any aspect of the body that isn’t functioning properly. Adaptogen herbs must also boost overall health while causing zero side effects or negative interactions.

It is pretty impressive for an herb to be considered an adaptogen. Each adaptogen herb has its own specific qualities aside from normalizing and improving body functions and boosting overall health. Cordyceps specifically boosts energy, endurance, stamina which is perfect for boosting energy and vitality. Cordyceps also boosts oxygen capacity, lung function, and lung capacity. Cordyceps even helps to battle weakness and fatigue and improve sexual function! Talk about killing many birds with one stone.

Rhodiola rosea is another adaptogen herb that is perfect for boosting energy. First and foremost, rhodiola rosea boosts energy by fatigue and other stresses on the body. Rhodiola rosea also boosts the immune system, increases sexual desire, alleviates anxiety, improves mental function, reduces stress, regulates blood pressure levels and increases longevity.

It is no wonder that adaptogen herbs such as cordyceps and rhodiola are perfect for boosting energy and fighting fatigue. For all of the above reasons, I always choose adaptogen herbs over coffee to keep my energy and vitality soaring!

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Smoothie Making Tips and Techniques

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The mention of smoothies evokes instant images of health and wellness. Drinking a smoothie seems like a perfect way to guzzle a wealth of nutrients in a quick and convenient way, and this can certainly be the case. However, many smoothie recipes are packed with sugary flavored yogurts, canned fruits, and processed peanut better. By following a simple formula, you can avoid drinking a glorified milkshake and instead have nourishing and delicious smoothie that is the perfect treat to add to any diet.

 Pick a Base

To start making your smoothie you will first need a foundation for the smoothie. This will be the ingredient that gives your smoothie its namesake “smooth” consistency. Opt for a minimally processed ingredient with a smooth texture and mild flavor to blend with your other ingredients. Bananas or plain organic Greek Yogurt are top choices.

Load Up on the Produce

Adding produce is where your culinary creativity gets to shine through, and also where you will load up on flavor and antioxidants. Ideally, select a balance of both fruit and vegetables. Berries are antioxidant and flavor rich. Raw spinach and kale are hard to beat for your vegetable choice.  If you can’t find fresh Organic Kale, you can go with one of the Organic Kale Powders that Amazon has to offer.

Give It a Boost

Adding a supplement to your smoothie can either dramatically increase the nutritional benefits you get from the smoothie, or pollute your smoothie with undesirable chemical additives. Avoid protein supplements are made from artificial ingredients and chemicals and choose a high quality supplement instead.

 

One of the best options you can add is the microalgae spirulina. Spirulina provides a complete source of protein coupled with a host of other benefits such as calcium, chlorophyll, 18 different vitamins, and iron. The other ingredients you add to your smoothie may vary day to day, but spirulina powder is one ingredient worth adding to every supplement.  If you need some help finding a spirulina supplement, watch this video on how to find the best spirulina supplements.

 

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My Favorite Weight Lifting Supplement

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I bet you read the title and thought “This is going to be another bro-ed out article about pre-workout and protein powder.” But you are wrong! My favorite body building supplement isn’t produced in lab. It isn’t chock full of questionably legal ingredients like synthetic growth hormones. The supplement that I’m talking about is about as traditional as it gets and not only is it effective; it’s actually good for you!

The supplement I am talking about is desiccated liver. I take desiccated liver pills throughout the day just as traditional body builders did years before me. In fact, traditional body builders used to take up to 50 desiccated liver pills per day! I find that I take 10-15 capsules a day, and even that might be excessive.

You are probably wondering why I love desiccated liver so much. Well, let me explain. Desiccated liver supplements, when made the correct way, contain all of the same nutrients found within fresh, raw, beef liver. This means that desiccated liver supplements are a clean source of both protein and valuable amino acids. Think of amino acids as the building blocks of protein, and think of protein as the building blocks to muscle. Protein and amino acids are necessary for proper muscle growth and development, as well for preventing muscle soreness and improving recovery time.

Desiccated liver also contains B vitamins which work to increase energy down to the cellular level. Since starting to take desiccated liver, I’ve noticed that I can lift heavier for longer periods of time before reaching exhaustion. This may be because desiccated liver is a superstar at boosting both energy and endurance making it my all time favorite weight lifting supplement. You can learn more about desiccated liver supplements at eatyourliver.com.

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Cocoon Nutrition, Health and Fitness

Hey guys! Tom here, welcome to my health blog! I’m a personal trainer and fitness instructor. I created this blog to keep my friends & family motivated, but anyone can join in on the fun! I use this blog to post new and exciting exercises, fitness tips, recipes, diet tips, and general information on health and fitness. I hope to eventually create an interactive food and exercise journal, but that may take me a while!

My dream is to one day open my own heath and fitness center that would include a traditional gym, crossfit box, a lap pool, a nutrition consultation office, and health focused café. I’m still young, so for now I am working as a personal trainer as I complete my kinesiology degree. I am constantly working towards my dream while inspiring others to get into the best shape of their lives. Basically, I’ve got the best job in the world.

I love helping other people reach their goals which is why I created this health blog. I hope to keep you guys updated on popular supplements, new diets that I find effective / interesting, and I’ll even try to teach how to love exercise. Believe me, it is possible. I have seen plenty of clients go from absolutely despising exercising to being completely addicted to the gym.

My goal is to inspire everyone to lead a healthier lifestyle. You don’t have to become a total fitness freak, like myself, in order to be healthy. You simply have to make small changes that lead to greater health and happiness. This could be riding your bike to work, picking up swimming again, walking to lunch, taking a yoga class, walking your dog on the beach, going to farmer’s markets instead of the supermarket… I could go on forever, but I don’t have to because you’ve already found my blog.

This is my first post, but I hope to update the blog a couple of times per week. I encourage you to browse my site. I hope you enjoy my health and fitness tips, and I hope you subscribe to my feed! Stay up to date with my posts for the latest news in health, fitness, and general well being. Have a great day!

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