Kibby’s Happy Hormone Tonic
If you read my post from yesterday How I Am Balancing My Hormones – Naturally (if not, go do so, please), You’ll see why I concocted this tonic. Let me tell you, it is FANTASTIC and has become one of my favorites. The taste is a bit different – it is rich, spicy, creamy, with a mocha butterscotch taste. It’s really hard to describe all that is going on with it, but my taste buds DANCE to it. In turn, my hormones are happy!! Hence the name! 🙂
Hormone imbalance can occur at any age (20’s and up) – men and women. Let me shed a little light on an Ayurvedic herb that I have been taking for about a month now. It is called Triphala. Literally meaning “three fruits”, Triphala is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulation consisting of three fruits native to the Indian subcontinent: Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki. Triphala contains five of the six tastes recognized in Ayurveda (sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent), only missing the salty taste. Because of its high nutritional value, Triphala uniquely cleanses and detoxifies at the deepest organic levels without depleting the body’s reserves.
- Amalaki (emblica officinalis), commonly known as Indian gooseberry or amla, is considered one of the best rejuvenating herbs in Ayurveda. It’s a strong natural antioxidant containing 20 times more vitamin C than orange juice. In India, amalaki is known as the “nurse herb” because it supports the liver, strengthens the immune system and cools the body, balancing the Pitta dosha.
- Haritaki (terminalia chebula) has the strongest laxative powers of the three fruits contained in triphala. In Tibet, haritaki is so highly revered that in their sacred paintings, it’s often depicted in the extended palm of the medicine Buddha. Is known for its “scraping” effect, which removes toxins and helps maintain healthy levels of weight. The herb also has astringent properties and balances Vata.
- Bibhitaki (terminalia belerica) is an excellent rejuvenative with both laxative and astringent properties. It eliminates excess mucous in the body, balancing the Kapha dosha. In addition, bibhitaki is a powerful treatment for a variety of lung conditions, including bronchitis and asthma. (source)
Maca is a wonderful hormone balancer. It is important to remember that MACA does not itself contain any hormones, but its action on the body jolts the pituitary gland into producing the precursor hormones which ultimately end up raising estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels, as well as helping to balance the adrenal glands, the thyroid and the pancreas. This occurs naturally while increasing energy. (source)
Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera, is an herbal remedy that may be effective in treating your hormone imbalance. According to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, ashwagandha is a popular Ayurvedic herb used to help treat stress, fatigue, pain and diabetes. Ashwagandha, a member of the nightshade family, has also been used to help restore your hormone balance, increase your energy and improve your health and longevity. The root of the plant is used medicinally. Ashwagandha has a bitter and earthy taste. Tilgner says that ashwagandha is an adaptogen that is best suited to individuals whose hormone levels are altered due to stress or chronic agitation. (source)
Shilajit contains 85+ minerals in ionic form, Vitamins, Fulvic acid and very important phytonutrients. The fulvic acid in shilajit is in it’s most natural and purest form. Fulvic acid is required to dilate the cell walls and transport the minerals deep into the cells. No amount of mineral supplements will be of any use unless they are transported into the cells. Minerals also act as catalysts in the assimilation of vitamins. Insufficient supply of minerals will also mean Vitamin deficiency. Fulvic acid alone can transport the minerals through the thick cell walls. Shilajit has 85+ minerals apart from fulvic acid and can instantly supply them to the cells. It can effectively prolong cell life and keep it healthy for a very long time. No wonder the Indian Yogis called it as Amrita or The Elixir Of Life. Here are some other benefits:
Liver function Enhancing, Cholesterol & Blood pressure reducing properties : It is a very effective liver tonic. It literally helps rebuild liver tissues. It has been proved to reduce cholesterol levels, serum tryglycerides and serum phospholipids in liver. By maintaining the liver functions, It helps body perform various functions attributed to liver like digestion metabolism etc at an optimum level. It contains Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA). This lowers blood cholesterol levels. Thus it effectively reduces cholesterol levels both in liver and blood. Fulvic acid is known to reduce sodium levels in the blood thereby contributing to a reduction in blood pressure. (source) Read more about it here and here. Shilajit is truly a SUPERFOOD.
Kibby’s Happy Hormone Tonic (serves 1)
- 1 1/2 cups quick Homemade Almond Milk
- 1 1/2 to 2 TB. Dandy Blend
- 1 tsp. Maca
- 1 tsp. Ashwaganda
- 1/2 tsp. Triphala
- Dates – 2 Medjool or 4 Deglet Noor
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of cayenne – to taste
- Vanilla Stevia – NuNaturals – 1/2 dropperful
- Reishi powder – 1/8 tsp. or 1 capsule (broken open) (optional) – I add this to the daytime brews
- Shilajit (optional) – a small pinch (this is powerful stuff)
Blend everything in a high speed blender ( I use a Vitamix) till smooth and creamy. Taste and tweak to your liking. Transfer liquids (it will be THICK) into a saucepan and gently heat up on LOW/ MEDIUM heat. Stir consistently (it will burn easily if not attended to) for about 2 or so minutes to desired temperature.
Pour into mug and savor this luscious drink sending good thoughts/energy throughout your body knowing this tonic is balancing your entire system (hormones especially) at ANY age.
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