As an athlete, albeit amateur, I’m always trying to make sure that the foods and beverages I consume are providing my body with the necessary vitamins and minerals I need to perform my best under any situation. Now that I’m older, I understand the benefits of maintaining good nutritional intake, the problems excess sugar can cause, and how improper nourishment can make me feel sluggish and irritable.
If you’re a morning exerciser, you already know that your morning workout can jump-start your energy for the day. However, sometimes that energy boost can leave you feeling slightly lethargic mid-morning. On top of that, muscle soreness tends to creep in later in the afternoon which can be a big struggle bus. Is there something we can consume post workout that can help boost energy and combat that afternoon soreness?
Just in time for spring, this smoothie is refreshing, crisp, and minty good! Stinging nettle is one of those herbs that is viewed as a nuisance in the wild due to its sting that seems to linger in the skin whenever you get stung by it! Although it may be annoying, this is just the plants natural defense against herbivores and people like, well, ME! Just make sure to wear gloves and long sleeves and pants when handling. After you wash them off and blend them, you don’t have to worry about them stinging your mouth! You can often find them in rich, moist soils in the woods or along woodland edges, and they can also be abundant in floodplains.
There’s a reason many herbalists rave about Fire Cider come the fall and winter months. This folk remedy has a reputation for being able to stop a cold or flu in its tracks, if not prevent it entirely. This tonic is packed full of immune-boosting goodness, boasting anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties while acting as a decongestant and digestion stimulant.
The recipe for Fire Cider changes depending on the crafter, but it’s all relatively similar. I first learned about it from studying Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs book. It’s best to prepare this in the fall so it’s ready for the cold and flu season. However, this year I made it a day late and a cold short, but it’s still good to have around.
SCOBY is an acronym for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Bacteria and yeast you say?? Gross! Be honest, how many of you had this as your initial reaction? I know I did at first! Luckily for us, this colony of bacteria and yeast is a powerhouse of gut-busting awesomeness packed into a flavorful, easy to make beverage! We have all heard about how our guts have good bacteria and bad bacteria. The good bacteria in our guts, also referred to as gut microbiota, are the living microbes in our intestines that keeps our digestive system running smoothly. Not only do they help with digesting certain foods, but they also can help create B and K vitamins, fight off invasive organisms, and maintain a healthy, thriving gut that allows our immune systems to function properly, keeping us healthy all year long! However, with the heavy emphasis on processed, convenient foods in America and your ever nagging social life, it can be hard to keep the beneficial bacteria abundant and thriving when all these bad microbiota have the chance to invade and take over. When this balance gets corrupted, you may start to suffer from conditions such as irritabel bowel syndrome, allergies, weight gain, lethargy, intestinal distress, and other uncomfortable bowel disorders.