In my very first yoga class, the instructor said, “Your body is the vehicle for your spirit. You can choose to drive a nimble sports car or an old jalopy.” I came to the class because of health issues, determined to strengthen myself through good nutrition and exercise. The instructor’s message resonated with me.
In those days, at the beginning of my healing journey, I came to view my body as a canary in the coal mine. It showed signs of weakness – sleepless nights, bloating, emotional instability, insatiable sweet cravings – at the slightest hint of toxicity in my environment. I still see my body as that sensitive barometer today, but now I feel much better equipped to handle turmoil and stress. Thanks to meditation, running, yoga, nutrient-dense meals and healthy snacks, I feel balanced and strong.
We all have so much to deal with, and distressing events in the world can make it that much harder to face the challenges in our personal lives. In America, we now find ourselves in a particularly chaotic time. We are facing some very hard truths and challenging days ahead. So now, more than ever, it’s time to take care of yourself. Nurture your body, check in with your heart and allow your best self to come forward to meet whatever lies ahead.
In addition to exercise and a healthy diet, adaptogens can help tremendously to strengthen your body and mental health. Adaptogens are herbal pharmaceuticals that help counteract the effects of stress which, if left unaddressed, can undermine the neurological, endocrine, and immune systems. Adaptogens can also increase mental capacity, enhance attention and prevent fatigue.Nüssli118°'s Superfood Latte Blends are my favorite way to get a boost of adaptogens. These days, I am known to sprinkle the Chai Balance blend into my morning chia pudding, whisk some Golden Turmeric Restore blend into a hot cup of nut milk (pictured above), and mix the Cacao Focus blend into my raw vegan brownie batter. Each individual blend is formulated to address a particular health goal, like mental clarity or a stronger immune system. Need more than one to help you cope? We also offer a Superfood Latte Blend Variety Tin. It’s a great way to have every flavor on hand while saving a little money, too.