Ayurveda, a natural system of medicine, originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. The term Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge). Thus, Ayurveda translates to knowledge of life.
Ashwagandha is a special herb used extensively in Ayurveda that is known to boost immunity.
Ashwagandha, also called Indian ginseng and winter cherry, is a small evergreen shrub. It grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. The root and berry of this plant are used to make medicine.
Here are my top 5 reasons why I include Ashwagandha as part of my supplement intake:
- Stress buster
Is there anyone that is not stress living in this concrete island? I don’t think there is anyone I know that does not feel stress in their daily life here. By controlling the cortisol (the ‘stress hormone’) levels in the body, ashwagandha helps reduce stress!
- Boosts Immunity
Research shows that Ashwagandha helps in increasing the number of White Blood Cells (WBCs), the body’s inbuilt defence mechanism. These can help our body fight infections by making antibodies and destroying foreign substances. Now, stay away you naughty viruses, – Omicron, Delta or whatever the next variant its call! The fight is on!
Who doesn’t want to stay and look young forever. One of my life goals is to age gracefully and beautifully! Ashwagandha increases the antioxidants in the body, promoting the secretion of healthy oils that keep the skin glowing and radiant. Hello beautiful skin!
- Promotes healthy weight loss
Ashwagandha balances your mood, preventing binge eating. Those who knows me will know that I’m a big fan of food or unhealthy sugary drinks – BBT! Some people workout to stay fit and healthy, some to look good or fabulous. My main motivation to workout is so that I can feast without guilt!
- Helps prevent sleeplessness
I’ve been living a night owl lifestyle for as long as I can remember. Gone are the days where I would toss and turn in bed till 5am in the morning, and only manage to fall asleep by 6am before the alarm going off at 7am to head to work on a Monday morning. This herb is a blessing for insomniacs as it helps soothe the nervous system. A glass of warm milk (or water for me) with ashwagandha powder at night can help treat sleeplessness.
Now this is what I call BEAUTY SLEEP!