Q. Dear Terry, “I feel like my physical and emotional health are slightly declining. I wouldn’t say I’m depressed, I just don’t feel like I can cope with stress the way I used to. I feel a bit run down and want to find a natural fix. Where would be a good place to start?”– Mara K., San Francisco, CA
A. Dear Mara, I think diet and lifestyle can make a big impact on our physical and emotional health. When it comes to diet, I believe it’s important to eliminate all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. In addition to diet and lifestyle, there are some botanical medicines that can be very helpful.
To help increase resilience – physical and mental – I think red ginseng (Panax ginseng) can be very beneficial. Ginseng is one of the world’s oldest adaptogens and helps to respond to stressors more appropriately. If you’re feeling mentally worn down, then ginseng can help you feel focused. If you’re feeling physically fatigued, then ginseng can help you find the stamina you need.
One of the biggest issues with ginseng is the cultivation. Wild ginseng is disappearing and farmed ginseng can be detrimental to the environment due to pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Fortunately, there are some new ways to grow ginseng that use novel hydroculture techniques, which results in a much cleaner and more powerful ginseng. Hydroculture techniques help to increase the levels of naturally occurring and highly sought after compounds, called noble ginsenosides.
In a usage study with red ginseng containing high levels of noble ginsenosides, within 10 days, the ginseng group noticed more energy, better physical health, improved cognitive performance, better sleep, and overall satisfaction.
I would take ginseng once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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