Let's talk Passion Flower!

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Nature's Sleep Tonic A natural sleep remedy The passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) is a common plant with medicinal properties. It is a popular herbal remedy for those wanting better sleep patterns. Discovered in 1569 by a Spanish doctor in Peru. Spanish explorers then took the passion flower to Europe and introduced it to European folk medicine. Indeed, it is now popular worldwide for its natural, anti-anxiety properties. This unique flower has five central spikes. These symbolize the crown of thorns and represent the crucifixion of Christ. Some say the five petals and five sepals represent the 10 faithful apostles. Originally, the passion flower was a symbolic teaching tool. It was used to convert the native Indians of Peru to Christianity....

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Melatonin: The Sleep Hormone You Should Know About

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 Did you know that melatonin is actually a hormone? It's true! The pea-sized pineal gland makes melatonin in your brain, and it helps regulate your sleep and wake cycle. And while many people don't have any issue getting to sleep at night, other individuals might have a hard time falling or staying asleep. If you happen to be one of those people, your body may need additional melatonin. Here are some foods that contain melatonin Tart Cherries Tart cherry juice, long associated with relaxation and restfulness, has been proven to increase melatonin levels in the body, providing a nourishing source of rest for the mind and body. Goji Berries Many people believe that goji berries can help you slow down...

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Nootropics, Adaptogens, Terpenes... a crash course.

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Our new tonic, SHARPEN, is in its final development phase.  It is formulated to enhance cognitive function and memory via a formulation of nootropics, adaptogens, and non-cannabis-derived terpenes. So what are Nootropics? The term 'nootropics' is relatively recent. The name was coined in 1972 by Romanian chemist Corneliu Giurgea to describe compounds that could 'turn the mind' (from Greek, nous trepein). Giurgea considered that for any substance to be called a nootropic, it must: enhance memory and learning ability help the brain function under disruptive conditions protect the brain from harmful chemical damage improve neuronal firing mechanisms Nootropics are not medicines: medicines bring you back to health when you're sick, nootropics help you improve when you're healthy. What are adaptogens? In...

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Let's Get Physical: 10 Fun Ways to Exercise

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Fun Ways to Exercise: 10 alternative Workout Ideas Exercise is a potent tool for strengthening your physical and mental health, and it doesn't have to mean pumping iron at your local gym. Need some motivation for your fitness mission? Check out our list of different exercise ideas for other ways to break a sweat.Exercising can sometimes feel like a private club, accessible only to people who are already super fit. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, you too can experience satisfaction while moving your body and getting your heart rate up.If the thought of working out conjures up visions of a muscled bodybuilder lifting giant weights in a spartan gym, think again. Working out can be whatever...

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Turmeric Tonic - Hiking with less pain!

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Thinking about doing some hikes as the weather gets a little brisker? Winter hikes can be pretty demanding. A little something to put in your system before you go out might make your exercise time more fun or at least your recovery time a little easier, particularly if you're not in peak form.We've always liked the old adage, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." It's a rough analogy to life and a bit of an understatement. The real message is if you put yourself in situations where there will be aches or inflammation, go prepared. No one likes injuries.Tracks get slippery, rocks and moss are possibly wet. You do want to be on your game...

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Bad sleep habits? It could be killing you.

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Sleep problems are widespread. In fact, many studies have shown that they affect close to half the population to one degree or another. When you don't get enough sleep, you're more prone to mood swings, anxiety, and a weakened immune system. Not getting enough sleep can also be a significant factor in diabetes and other serious health conditions. It's essential to have a good sleep routine, but we live in a culture that is indulging in late nights and erratic schedules, particularly in these COVD affected times. While it may be difficult to completely avoid unhealthy sleeping patterns, there are some things you can do to help improve your sleep routine.  Yes, you probably already know most of them, but...

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Joints hurting from training?

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It should come as no surprise that more than a few professional mixed martial artists are big turmeric fans. After all, the spice is known to be an effective alternative to things like ibuprofen and Advil for joint pain, swelling, and inflammation — which are issues fighters deal with regularly. Turmeric essentially helps alleviate the symptoms of joint damage caused by competing in MMA (or even grappling), but it's not just for fighters. Anyone who regularly does any sport or exercise where there's a risk to your joints could benefit from adding turmeric into their diets. Rock-climbers, take note!Subjecting your joints to the punishment of regularly grappling can be hell on your body, especially if you're over 30. If you...

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Why you should pay attention to your sleep!

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Why we made DRIFT  We had so many possible new tonic ideas but once we sat down and really pondered - how could we benefit the most people, we decided, DRIFT, our sleep tonic stood the best chance of achieving that. Why do we sleep?  Sleep is required for survival, and many of us could use a little more.  Whats going on while you sleep? Every night you leave wakeful consciousness and descend into a state of sleep. But most people have no idea what happens after they close their eyes. While you’re off in dreamland, several physiological changes take place. Changes in your temperature, heart rate, and brain activity all occur while you're catching that shut-eye.. Although physiological demands...

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Sleep and why you need it!

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Improve Your Immune System While Having a Good Night Sleep Did you ever wake up in the morning feeling like a herd of bison romped down your tongue because you slept in late? Well, if that’s the case, we have positive news. You may have beefed up your immune system while you were ‘dead to the world’, and you should be okay after breakfast. We provide lifestyle information here. Consult a professional if you need medical advice Bio-Directional Factors Improving Your Immune System While You Sleep Sleeping habits and immune systems seem like odd couples, but one does affect the other. If we catch a virus, then the inflammatory response can mess with our sleep. However, an inflammatory reaction can...

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How much do you know about inflammation?

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Your body is a miraculous thing if you think about it for a minute. It's a self-healing miracle. When you suffer a cut or bruise, or if a disease, allergen, or virus finds it's way to you - your immune system goes to work, sending specialized white blood cells to the affected area. These unique white blood cells can repair the damage, stop the spread of infection or illness, and from time to time, eradicate the intruder. This response is called 'inflammation. "Inflammation is the activation of cells that have the job of fighting invasions, and in some cases just sponging up or clearing out damaged cells." Your body transports its immune cells principally through your blood. And as blood...

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