Holistic approach to health

Body / mind / spirit

With the ever-increasing knowledge of various scientific disciplines, the materialistic worldview is gradually declining, and we are beginning to realize that the only right way to achieve optimal health lies in understanding man as a whole. Our ancestors were well aware of this, and understood man as a multidimensional being. Body, mind and spirit were considered our integral components and it was a matter of course that full health and satisfaction can only be achieved if all these dimensions are cultivated. Today, this wisdom of ancient Greece, China, Indian Ayurveda and other indigenous cultures is also open to modern Western man, who, together with modern scientific knowledge, integrates it under the name of a holistic approach to health.

We love nature and science, and we believe that they are here primarily to enable us to live a better life. We believe that science has become the language of our century. Its message has never been more important than it is now, when it allows us to grasp the wisdom of the original natural healings and thus put together a mosaic in the form of comprehensive knowledge that is understandable to our Western society as well. And there is power in knowledge. Thanks to the new information, nothing is just a conjecture, but a real fact. People can bounce back from these facts, see the real meaning in the application of certain preparations / rules, and thus gain the necessary motivation to make life changes. They will begin to better understand and pay attention to what specifically is happening at the biological level of their organism and what effect it may have on their health. And where attention is drawn, more noticeable results will come.

“When Mind, Body & Spirit Are In Harmony, Happiness Is The Natural Result”

– Deepak Chopra

BODY

An organism of incredible intelligence, which effortlessly organizes a symphony of all its internal processes important for our survival. The mere fact that it performs thousands of biochemical reactions every second is something completely incomprehensible to our minds. Unfortunately, we used to take this constant care of his for granted, and even though he doesn’t want so much of us in return, we often completely forget about his needs.

Healthy lifestyle experts emphasize the importance of three main areas of body care that should be addressed – sleep, diet and exercise.

The attenuation phase of the organism, the purpose of which is the regeneration of physical and mental forces. We spend about a third of our lives in sleep cycle, which is definitely worth paying attention to this phenomenon.

The American Psychological Association confirms that the vast majority of mental and physical disorders are caused by poor sleep hygiene.2 Conversely, people with optimal quality sleep have a much more resilient immune system and live a healthier, more vital and happier life.3

So what should be part of proper sleep hygiene? The National Sleep Association has some basic recommendations, including: Quality and comfortable mattresses, sufficient daily exercise, sleeping in complete darkness, going to bed at about the same time, disconnecting from all technologies (especially from displays that emit white light, which disrupts the production of the sleep hormone melatonin), perform bedtime relaxation techniques such as meditation.4

Those who solve sleep problems with alcohol should be careful. Although alcohol shortens time before we fall asleep, a number of studies in recent years show that it rapidly reduces the REM phase of sleep, which is essential for the regeneration of the body.5 Therefore, if a person suffers from sleep disorders, herbal remedies can be used. Most such preparations work on the principle of increasing the level of the neurotransmitter GABA. This neurotransmitter has inhibitory effects on the nervous system – it reduces anxiety and tension and promotes relaxation of the body.

Kava Kava

The plant contains alkaloids called kavalactones, which increase the levels of the neurotransmitter GABA. Kava thus helps to suppress the nervous system, relieves mental and physical tension, makes it easier to fall asleep and promotes peaceful and undisturbed sleep.6

Kanna

Kanna contains the alkaloids mesembron and mesembrin, which by binding to serotonin receptors help to reduce stress and tension. Kanna also promotes relaxation in the body and makes it easier to fall asleep.7 By its ability to increase the level of serotonin in the brain, it optimizes the level of the sleep hormone melatonin, the correct level of which is a necessary condition for healthy sleep.8

CBD

CBD’s ability to suppress the nervous system can serve as a means of relieving anxiety, stress and tension. It has also been shown to be a suitable means for treating many mental illnesses, such as anxiety disorders, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. It also helps with insomnia.55

Ashwagandha

A popular herb of Indian Ayurveda, where it is valued as a panacea for all diseases of civilization. It serves, for example, as a relaxing agent and helps to induce peaceful and undisturbed sleep. This ability is due to potent alkaloids that increase the level of the neurotransmitter GABA.9

Ashwagandha also regulates the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, helping to alleviate unpleasant conditions such as anxiety, stress and tension, which can disrupt the sleep cycle.10

Reishi

A popular medicinal mushroom of traditional Chinese medicine, where it has been used for centuries as a remedy for diseases of all kinds. It has also gained its popularity for its relaxing effects on the human body. Recent research shows that its regular use helps to harmonize the sleep cycle and improve sleep quality.11

Sacha Inchi

The seeds are rich in tryptophan – a precursor of setononin, which improves mood, relaxes the body and helps produce the sleep hormone melatonin. 12

Sacha Inchi also contains a large ammount of building blocks. It also includes magnesium, which increases the level of the neurotransmitter GABA and promotes the body’s relaxation. 13

Regular exercise is a necessary habit that every person should acquire with at least a minimum interest in his health. And those who haven’t started yet, probably only because they haven’t heard of all the benefits of regular exercise.

According to medical claims, regular exercise promotes longevity, improves immunity, optimizes the functioning of the cardiovascular system, reduces the amount of excess body fat, improves digestive function and optimizes metabolism. Exercise also has a major impact on a person’s psyche . Regular exercise literally serves as a antidepressant – it drives away anxiety, stress and tension, promotes a good mood and vitality. 14 Research in recent years shows that exercise promotes production BDNF – a hormone that regenerates brain cells. Among other things, this hormone has a beneficial effect on the functioning of our brain – it helps to improve cognitive function, supports brain plasticity and regenerates the nervous system. 15

According to experts, we should perform a certain type of exercise, preferably 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes to achieve all the health benefits. Exercise should, of course, begin gradually, and we should take physical activity during the week to allow the body to regenerate. 16 The hardest part is getting started. However, once you feel a flood of happiness molecules, which the brain will repay you with after a proper activity, you will not want to stop. In this context, we can mention several herbal remedies that can help with motivation and subsequent exercise.

Guayusa

With its high content of caffeine, which is released gradually, the plant provides long-term stimulation, which will make your physical activity more effective and pleasant. Thanks to its content of other beneficial compounds, Guayusa, unlike other caffeine products, does not cause unpleasant bodily sensations, such as tremor, sweating or nausea, which could negatively affect your sports performance.

Maca

Maca is a favorite superfood of many athletes due to its energizing properties. It contains a high amount of vitalizing substances such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals, which increase physical performance and strength.

Its adaptogenic properties can also be useful after the exercise itself – Maca supports muscle regeneration and restores energy levels. 18

Cordyceps

Cordyceps is a medicinal mushroom that is a real gem among athletes. It contains compounds called beta-glucans, which allow the body to better manage its oxygen. Its distribution between cells is thus more efficient and energy consumption is reduced. This energy reserve can be used to streamline athletic performance. 19 The fungus also increases the level of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the main store of energy for our muscles. An increase in its level stimulates the body and increases physical performance and strength. 20 Last but not least, Cordyceps supports an increase in the level of the hormone testosterone, which is essential for building muscle mass. 21

Sacha Inchi

Sacha Inchi seeds are an extraordinary source of building materials such as proteins, vitamins, minerals and building blocks that help increase physical performance and support the optimal functioning of the body. Due to their presence of amino acids, bodybuilders are also appreciated for their ability to participate in the development of muscle mass, but also as a means of accelerating the regeneration of the body. 22

”Let food be your medicine ..” – Hippocrates

A lot of people are still looking for ways to feel better and have more energy. At the same time, they often overlook the fact that diet has the most fundamental influence on the emotional and energy level of our body. Studies confirm that diet affects us far more than we think – it not only affects our mood and energy, it also affects the cognitive functions of our brain, for example, and it has a major impact on the functioning of the immune system . Inadequate diet thus contributes to the development of a number of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity and others. 23

Therefore, people should learn how to adjust their diet to serve their health. Everyone has their own unique body system, with their own unique requirements for a proper diet. However, experts agree that there are a few basic recommendations that are universally valid . These include: Regular consumption of fruits and vegetables, a varied and balanced diet containing all the important substances for our body such as fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and building blocks. In addition to fruits and vegetables, we can find them, for example, in whole grain foods, legumes, dairy products, meat, eggs and more. Healthy fats are also extremely important, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which the body cannot synthesize on its own. We find them mainly in fish, nuts and cold pressed oils. 24

A group of herbal remedies called superfoods can help a modern person, who often can’t get all the nutrients they need from food because of their fast diet.

Maca

Maca is an energy bomb. It contains a number of different vitamins – A, 1, B2, B6, C and E. Its other components are no less healthy minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, sodium, iodine and copper. It also contains amino acids, fatty acids and antioxidants.

Ashwagandha

It contains a high amount of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. These substances support the body’s defenses and slow down the aging process. We also find amino acids that optimize bodily functions – nourish our organs and support bone and muscle growth.

Cacao

In addition to caffeine and theobromine, unroasted cacao is also rich in magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, copper, zinc and manganese. It also contains vitamins B, C and E, healthy fats, amino acids and antioxidants. It helps to harmonize the functions of individual organs, supports the longevity and defense of the body.

Sacha Inchi

The seeds are primarily an extraordinary source of omega acids, which the organism cannot produce on its own and is forced to obtain them from food. Sacha Inchi seems to be their suitable source. They are represented here in an ideal ratio ensuring their easy absorption – omega 3 (49%), omega 6 (37%) and omega 9 (8%). The seeds are also rich in protein, fiber, vitamins A, E and many building blocks such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iodine, amino acids, sterols and tocopherols.

Guayusa

In addition to stimulant alkaloids such as caffeine and theobromine, it also contains antioxidants, vitamins D and C, and minerals such as zinc, calcium, magnesium and chromium. Guayusa is also rich in amino acids, especially l-theanine, which has beneficial effects on the brain, supports immunity, optimizes blood pressure and improves sleep quality. 27, 28

The proper functioning of our body is also significantly affected by the proper function of our intestines. In this context, the so-called microbiome is increasingly talked about in professional circles.

Mikrobiom

”Every diesease starts in the gut.” – Hippocrates

The term microbiome refers to a set of microorganisms (millions of different bacteria, yeasts, fungi and viruses) that reside in our intestines and form a symbiosis with our body. By their presence, they help the body reduce unwanted substances, optimize the functions of the metabolism and digestive system, and support the body’s defenses.

Proper bowel function has a far greater effect on our body than originally thought. Recent research shows that approximately 50-70% of serotonin is made in the gut, so they have a major effect on our emotions and cognitive functions. A healthy microbiome is therefore the basic building block of optimal health. 23

How to take care of your microbiome? There are two types of foods that help keep our microbiome in balance.

Probiotic foods – They contain bacteria that become part of our microbiome – include yoghurts, kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha.

Prebiotic foods – They help feed existing bacteria – mainly include plant fiber, ie fruits, vegetables and cereals.

Medicinal mushrooms – Cordyceps, Reishi, Lions Mane and Chaga

Due to their high content of fiber (polysaccharides), they act as prebiotics – they help nourish the microorganisms living in our intestines and thus have a positive effect on our microbiome. 29

MIND

Science is now beginning to reveal that the state of mind affects our lives far more than we thought. There are clear connections between our thinking and the physical state – the prevailing thoughts gradually begin to affect our emotional state, and emotions, in the language of our body, are neurochemical reactions that elicit specific hormones and neuropeptides in the body. Depending on the previous factors, they can have either a positive or negative effect on our immune and hormonal system, metabolism and the overall functioning of the body. The way we think can literally make us sick, but it can also help us recover.

Nootropics are a group of herbal remedies that support brain performance – improve cognitive function (attention, concentration, and memory).

They will be especially appreciated by students, managers, the elderly suffering from impaired cognitive functions, but also individuals who want to change their mental habits.

If we want to work to change our mental habits, we must first begin to cultivate the mind in such a way that it serves us better. This will be possible if we start working to improve cognitive abilities. The basis is certainly a firm will, then nootropics can be the support means. See the following sections for more tools to help you make these changes.

Lions Mane

A popular nootropic of the new century. The fungus activates the production of BDNF and NGF, which are proteins that have beneficial effects on our brain. They improve cognitive functions, promote attention and concentration. They also help to create and strengthen new brain connections, and thus accelerate positive changes in the cerebral cortex. This makes it easier to learn new knowledge and skills. 31

Guayusa

Thanks to the combination of active ingredients, Guayusa really has a specific effect on our body. The substances caffeine and l-theanine have stimulating effects on the mind – making a person more alert, improving his ability to concentrate and pay attention. Relaxants such as theobromine and l-theanine help to relax the body – reduce anxiety and promote a calm and concentrated mind. 27, 32

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha increases the neurotransmitters acetylcholine and GABA in the brain. Acetylcholine has a positive effect on cognitive function, GABA has calming effects and promotes a calm and concentrated mind. 33

Cacao

Cacao contains the substances theobromine and phenylethylamine, which increase blood flow to the brain and support cognitive functions. 34 It is also rich in flavonoids, which have been part of many studies in recent years. They have been shown to increase gamma brain wave activity, which supports cognitive function and brain neuroplasticity. 35

Ginkgo

Ginkgo increases blood flow to the brain and supports cognitive functions such as attention, memory and concentration. However, all studies confirm that the effects only occur if the herb is used regularly. 36

Sacha Inchi

The seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, which improve brain function and promote attention, concentration and memory. 37

Kava Kava

Due to its action on the neurotransmitter GABA, Kava is used mainly as a relaxant. It also serves as a nootropic for its ability to sharpen the mind. 38

Kanna

Due to its action on serotonin receptors, Kava is used mainly as a relaxant. It also serves as a nootropic for its ability to sharpen the mind. 39

Unhealthy thoughts cannot simply be exchanged for positive ones. Most of our mental habits have become unconscious and automated. Therefore, before we can begin to make the first changes in thinking, we need to take one step first – become fully aware of our original mental habits. This requires a degree of constant vigilance, concentration, and willpower.

Through the act of awareness, we begin to cultivate peace in our minds and allow it to slow down. We will finally be able to really start monitoring its contents – ie thoughts. This coming out of your mind and taking on the role of an observer is the first step to change . As Einstein says, “ The problem cannot be solved on the same level as it arises.” So while we are still in our minds, we cannot change it.

In today’s psychological terminology, we call the ability of such awareness the term mindfulness. The roots of this teaching go back to the traditions of the original Buddhism. In this state of consciousness, our mind is fully concentrated on the present moment, in full awareness of its emotions, thoughts, bodily feelings, but also of the world around us.

Mindfulness is an ability that can be acquired, but it needs to be trained regularly. It’s like a muscle that needs to be trained repeatedly to get observable results. The one who perseveres does not regret – the mindfulness movement has broken all records in recent years in treating neurotic disorders, improving quality of life, relationship satisfaction, and increasing cognitive efficiency . 40, 41

The ability to master this technique correlates with a high degree of cognitive ability. As helpers from the herbal realm, nootropics are very helpful, which can help us start the brain and become masters of our minds in this way.

“It is our attitude toward events, not events themselves, which we can control.” – Epiktétos

Belief is any recurring thought that has been accepted by the subconscious mind as true. People often spin in a vicious circle of recurring dysfunctional mental patterns, which can be completely unrealistic.

We have already said that the first step to changing mental habits is to make them aware. By this they will lose most of his power over us. But what if the idea is already sown deeper?

When we begin to practice mindfulness, we soon find that thoughts are accompanied by certain emotions. If thoughts with a negative character predominate for a certain critical period, they will also begin to negatively affect our emotional state, and any change in thinking will be far more complicated. Thoughts and emotions are interrelated, and emotions have several times higher energy charge than thoughts. In this case, we will need to create an optimal emotional space to change our thinking. 42

Optimal emotional space corresponds to certain levels of hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, endorphin, and more. If these levels are out of balance, they can be supplemented by natural ways such as exercise, meditation, creative activity or socialization with friends. This gives rise to a positive emotional state, in which we find it easier to open up to new beliefs, which, if we persevere, will eventually become our new reality. 30

We can also help with the creation of an optimal emotional space with the help of herbal means, see section SPIRIT – Emotional balance.

Faith

One of the most effective means that can help us change our emotional and mental state in a difficult situation is faith itself – faith in life itself, in the meaningfulness of each moment, but above all, faith in oneself.

One can take the example of psychologist Viktor Frankl, who, despite many years of torture in concentration camps, has not stopped believing in the meaningfulness of life. Finally, thanks to these experiences, he was able to achieve success and founded a new psychological movement logotherapy, which emphasizes that even in the most difficult situations, it is not appropriate to give up. We can always find a perspective in which we will be able to look at what we are experiencing as something meaningful and transformative. Because these are the most challenging situations when we grow the most.

If we manage to find the necessary faith and confidence in life and ourselves even in such moments, it will catapult our emotional mood to considerable heights.

“If you change your perception of what a stressful situation means to you, your physiology changes, and the damaging effects no longer persist.” – Viktor Frankl

“Neurons that fire together, wire together.” – says Dr. Joe Dispenza, and adds that if a person understands the neuroplasticity capabilities of the brain, any intentional change (not just thinking) will be far more effective and motivated for him.

Think of your prevailing beliefs and patterns of behavior as a specific set of neural pathways in the brain. These pathways were created by the gradual formation of neurons that responded to recurring stimuli from the internal and external environment. This created your personality, which is literally an imprint on the physiological level of your brain. in recent years, it has been shown that humans retain this ability of neuroplasticity throughout their lives. 43

What does this mean for us? If we become aware of our habits due to the ability of mindfulness (awareness) and if we have the intention (will) to change them, then, as then, by gradual repetition, the brain can be wired. New desirable habits are imprinted in the form of neural pathways and become part of our new personality. realization becomes joyful. 30

Another important concept that is closely related to neuroplasticity is neurogenesis . It is the ability of the brain to form new neural connections . In this context, the brain can be imagined as a muscle that can be constantly strengthened. The result of this strengthening is its growth – that is, the creation of new connections. The increase in these connections results in an increase in brain performance – there is an improvement in the ability to think, pay attention, memory and concentration. Neurogenesis is also associated with a higher degree of creativity and ability to process new information and stimuli from those around them. In order to maintain the optimal health of our brain, it is therefore appropriate to strengthen it regularly, for example, by learning new skills, knowledge, solving logical problems, etc. 44

There is a group of herbal remedies that, by acting on the brain, contribute to the ability of neuroplasticity and neurogenesis. They accelerate positive changes in the cerebral cortex caused by learning (knowledge, habits), which thus becomes more effective and less time-consuming.

Lions Mane

A popular nootropic of the new century. The fungus activates the production of BDNF and NGF, which are substances that promote neuroplasticity and neurogenesis. In this way, they help to create and strengthen new brain connections, making it easier for people to learn new skills – such as new mental habits. 31

Banisteriopsis Caapi

It contains gamma alkaloids that activate the production of BDNF to promote neuroplasticity and neurogenesis. 45

Cacao

Cacao contains the substances theobromine and phenylethylamine, which increase blood flow to the brain and support cognitive functions. 34 It is also rich in flavonoids, which have been part of many studies in recent years. They have been shown to increase gamma brain wave activity, which supports cognitive function and brain neuroplasticity. 35

CBD

Recent research suggests that CBD is also able to promote neuroplasticity and nerogenesis. 46, 47

SPIRIT

In the original holistic sense, this essence is considered an integral part of our being that mediates our existence – it allows us to perceive, experience and create. Through it, we are able to express our inner values, desires and ideals.

The spirit is also a bridge connecting us with other people, nature, and life itself. It is something that we are ourselves, and at the same time something that transcends us far. It is the seat of the purest emotions such as love, joy, bliss, peace and gratitude. When we are connected with this intelligence, we are connected to the very source of these emotions, which create harmony in our body, and we feel whole again.

“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.” – Abraham Maslow

Meditation is the royal path (not only) to our emotional balance . It allows us to slow down, calm the turbulent mind, and immerse ourselves in the deep healing silence within each of us, whose main function is to restore harmony at all levels of our being. At the emotional level , feelings of anxiety, stress, and tension disappear, replaced by feelings of love, peace, and security. Positive changes are also evident at the body level – tissue regeneration is faster, body processes such as blood pressure and heart rate are optimized, stress hormone levels are reduced, the body’s defenses and vitality increase. Meditation also promotes the growth of new brain cells, which results in improved cognitive abilities. 30

With its unique benefits to our physical and mental systems, some form of meditation should be part of our daily lives.

According to neuroscientific research, the meditative state of mind is conditioned by a change in brain waves . While in our normal state our brain functions mainly in beta levels, meditation changes brain waves to alpha levels (mild relaxation, high level of alertness, decreased sensitivity to the outside world, increased sensitivity to the inside world), gamma (high level of relaxation, high level of alertness, the inner world becomes more real than the outer world) and theta (maximum level of relaxation – almost on the verge of sleep, focusing attention on the inner world). 30 Using herbal remedies that have the ability to influence brain waves just to the desired levels, we are then able to support our meditation skills.

Cacao

Cacao is one of the most important plants for any spiritual seeker. For centuries, it has been part of sacred ceremonies and rituals, where as a “heart-opening medicine” it helps to harmonize and heal man at all its levels. Cacao can support meditation in several ways. With its caffeine content, it gently stimulates the body and supports brain functions. Substances such as theobromine, anandamide, and phenylethylamine, referred to as molecules of happiness and bliss, lift the mood and calm the troubled mind. Cacao also stimulates gamma brainwave activity, which promotes relaxation accompanied by increased alertness and concentration. 49

Guayusa

Guayusa is rich in the stimulant caffeine, which supports brain function. It also contains theobromine, which in turn promotes relaxation and relieves anxiety and tension. Furthermore, we find l-theanine, which promotes the relaxation of the body and improves cognitive function, thanks to its ability to stimulate the activity of alpha brain waves. 32

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha promotes the production of neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine and GABA. Acetylcholine supports cognitive functions, GABA stimulates the activity of alpha brain waves – promotes relaxation in the body, reduces stress and tension, increases the ability to pay attention and concentration. 33

Reishi

Reishi is known primarily for its healing effects, but in history it has also been widely used by Taoist masters as a means of meditation – it helps calm the mind and improves the ability to concentrate. With its adaptogenic properties, Reishi also helps to harmonize the hormonal system. Its proper function promotes mental balance and optimizes the sleep cycle. 11

Lions Mane

Lions Mane is a real gem among substances that improve brain function. It activates the production of NGF and BDNF, which are proteins that improve cognitive function and help form and strengthen new brain connections. The fungus thus makes it possible to accelerate the positive changes in the cerebral cortex caused by meditation (improvement of connectivity between individual areas of the brain). It also supports the brain’s ability to learn new skills. This also applies to meditation – the brain remembers the brain connections that are associated with meditation faster and is then able to enter meditation states more easily. 31

The mushroom also promotes good mood and emotional stability.

Kava Kava

The active substances, kavalactones, help to increase the level of the neurotransmitter GABA. This neurotransmitter has the ability to stimulate the activity of alpha brain waves – it supports the relaxation of the body, reduces stress and tension, increases the ability to pay attention and concentration. 38

Banisteriopsis Caapi

The active substances – beta carboline alkaloids, increase the level of the neurotransmitter GABA. This neurotransmitter has the ability to stimulate the activity of alpha brain waves – it promotes relaxation in the body, reduces stress and tension, increases the ability to pay attention and concentration. 50

These alkaloids also activate the production of BDNF protein, which improves cognitive function and helps to form and strengthen new brain connections. This allows you to accelerate the positive changes in the cerebral cortex caused by meditation (improving connectivity between different areas of the brain). 51

CBD

CBD has the ability to stimulate the activity of alpha and theta brain waves – it promotes relaxation in the body, reduces stress and tension, improves the ability to pay attention and concentration. 52

Life is a series of stressful situations. And thank God, these are the best opportunities for our growth. However, each exit from the comfort zone brings with it a degree of uncertainty, fear and tension. These emotional reactions are caused by the activation of our autonomic system, which activates the production of stress and excitatory hormones that support our ability to face a threatening situation. This reaction of the organism (called fight or fligh) is biologically conditioned.

In ancient times, when the clash with an unknown situation was almost always life-threatening, this system was very adaptive. However, today, when stress is the order of the day, most people live almost 50% of their time in fight or fligh mode, even when stress is not linked to real danger – it turns out that most stress stems mainly from unrealistic fears about the future. or emotional attachments to past experiences. However, the fight or flight system exhibits the same activity as if the individual were concerned with life. The organism is thus overloaded by the organism after a constant fire of hormones, which is not able to return to its homeostasis. Immunity, vitality and vital functions are weakened, which usually results in a variety of diseases.

There are many ways to reduce the negative impact of stressful situations on our body . These include, for example, a change of belief about a threatening situation (see the MIND section), a distance from thoughts and emotions through meditation (see the SPIRIT section) or mindfulness (see the MIND section).

There is also a group of herbal remedies, which we call adaptogens. Adaptogens help us increase our body’s resistance to stressors – they support vitality and immunity, drive away fatigue, reduce stress hormones and harmonize our emotional state. In this way, we are better able to deal with a difficult situation of any kind. 53

Adaptogens

Ashwagandha – Supports the optimization of the body in difficult physical conditions or excessive mental strain, and thus serves as a prevention against disease and excessive exhaustion. By acting on GABA receptors, it helps reduce anxiety and tension. Thanks to the presence of iron, it optimizes the amount of red blood cells, cleanses the blood and has an anti-inflammatory effect. 33

Maca – Helps you overcome difficult conditions and should be used during challenging mental or physical conditions. From a mental point of view, it puts us in a good mood, relieves stress and drives away anxiety. It also acts as an effective stimulant – it helps increase physical performance and accelerates the regeneration of the body after strenuous activity. 17

Cacao – Unroasted cacao is especially rich in substances such as theobromine, anandamide, and phenylethylamine, which are referred to as molecules of happiness and bliss. So it’s no surprise that cocoa is able to promote a good mood and relieve anxiety, stress and tension. Cocoa is also rich in vitamins, building blocks and minerals that harmonize the functions of individual organs, support the immune system and restore the body’s vitality. 56

Medicinal mushrooms

Chaga – Due to its high levels of healthy substances, Chaga is known for its ability to harmonize the immune system. It also helps a person to cope with difficult and stressful situations, reduces fatigue and revitalizes the body. 54

Reishi – Helps optimize mental balance, lowers blood pressure, and helps with relaxation. With its adaptogenic properties, it supports immunity, vitality and overall health of the organism. 11

Cordyceps and Lions Mane  – With their adaptogenic properties, they support immunity, vitality and overall health of the body.

Medicinal mushrooms should be used together to achieve maximum health benefits.

While adaptogens help us mobilize the body and cope with difficult situations when we are currently facing them, another group of natural substances allows us to harmonize our emotional state when the stressor is no longer active and we need to reduce its negative impact on our nervous system.

These plants can be described as relaxants and their essence lies in the fact that they increase the level of serotonin. In this way, they weaken the negative emotional charge related to the past experience and help us to relax and unwind, reduce tension and improve our mood.

Relaxants

Kratom – A popular relaxant that, with its presence of mitragynin alkaloids, helps to relax the body, promote a good mood and soothe physical and mental pain. 58

Kava – Due to its action on the neurotransmitter GAGA, Kava is used mainly for its relaxing and intoxicating effects. It is thus able to effectively fight anxiety, stress and depression. It induces a peaceful and undisturbed sleep, so it is popularly used as a remedy for insomnia. 6

Kanna – An original South African herb that is popular for its ability to improve mood, relieve stress, anxiety and tension. Effects are caused mainly by alkaloids mesembrin and mesembrenone. 7

Banisteriopsis Caapi – Active ingredients – beta carboline alkaloids,  are MAOI-based and have antidepressant and sedative effects. After use, a pleasant state of relaxation and unwinding appears.

Bobinsana – Active ingredients – beta carboline alkaloids, are MAOI-based and have antidepressant and sedative effects. After use, a pleasant state of relaxation and unwinding appears.

CBD – CBD, with its ability to suppress the nervous system, can serve as a means of relieving anxiety, stress and tension. It has also been shown to be a suitable means of treating many mental illnesses, such as anxiety disorders, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. It also helps with insomnia. 55

“Shared joy is a double joy – Shared sorrow is half a sorrow.”

Man is by nature a social being. Through relationships with other people, we shape our personalities and satisfy our most basic human needs .

We can say that sincere, loving, friendly and partnerships are neurobiologically based on high levels of dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, promoting happiness, joy and belonging, but also vitality and the immune system. So they are an elementary aspect affecting our mental balance .

Many relationships are built within a particular social context – within social events, which are often accompanied by the use of socialization tools such as alcohol and other addictive substances. Although they can promote mutual belonging, they are often toxic to the organism and negatively affect the user’s consciousness.

There is a group of herbal remedies that can serve as a suitable alternative to these substances without undesirable side effects. On the contrary, these herbs contribute to the vitality of the organism , which is why they have been a popular part of social events of various cultures for centuries.

In a societal context, they can be especially useful for their ability to improve mood, break down social anxiety, and communicate barriers . They also increase communication skills and empathy – you become more open and friendly. Some can also serve as aphrodisiacs .

Cacao

Unroasted cacao is one of the most famous plants used in social events. Contained caffeine helps stimulate the body and mental functions, the substances theobromine, anandamine and phenylethylamine, described as molecules of happiness and love, promote good mood, communicativeness and empathy. Native peoples use this plant as medicine, which, through its positive effect on the emotional dimension, helps to release unprocessed emotions and find inner peace. Thus, a person becomes more authentic and more open to himself and other people. Cacao can also serve as an aphrodisiac.

Today, the use of unroasted cacao as a medicine is on the rise again in so-called cacao ceremonies. 57

Kanna

The original South African herb, which is due to its content of effective alkaloids (mainly mesembrin and mesembrenone) able to improve mood and reduce anxiety and tension. It also helps reduce social anxiety and break down communication barriers. It also serves as a nootropic and can support communication skills. 39

Kava Kava

The plant is an integral part of the social life of the people of the Western Pacific. It helps improve mood and relieves anxiety and tension. Like alcohol, it increases friendliness, openness and friendliness. On the other hand, it does not suppress mental functions, on the contrary, Kava sharpens the senses and serves as a nootropic. 38

Kratom

Kratom is a popular means of socialization for the Asian population, which is gradually gaining popularity on other continents. With its ability to improve mood, it helps reduce anxiety and stress, making it a popular substitute for alcohol. 58

Ashwagandha

By acting on GABA receptors, Ashwagandha helps reduce anxiety and tension. It can help a person better manage stressful social events. It also acts as a nootropic and improves communication skills. It also has aphrodisiac effects. 33

Maca

Maca is known primarily for its stimulating and aphrodisiac properties. Helps increase libido and harmonize the hormonal system. 59

“If you plan on being anything less than what you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.” – Abraham Maslow

Humanist psychologist Abraham Maslow has dedicated his entire career to the study of aspects of life that lead to a happy, contented and meaningful life. He concluded that the most important way to achieve these qualities is to fulfill our potential . Man is thus directed towards sustainable growth, supporting his personal and collective evolution, and this gives his existence a deeper meaning. This creates a real connection with one’s essence and vital force that promotes health at all levels. 60

We find self-expression in any creative activity in which we put ourselves into. Whether it’s any kind of art, building a personal / corporate brand, or raising a child, these are the moments when we feel inner fulfillment, joy, and passion that have such a beneficial effect on our body.

I believe that self-realization is the main reason why we are here. We all know at least flashes of those moments, which are called creative moments, flow states, connection to the source, or inspiration. These are the moments of deep gratitude for your life. Sometimes, however, life circumstances make this connection difficult for us and it is difficult to find inspiration. I believe that neuroscience will help us also in this regard. Recent research shows that creative moments, flow states, and other similar transcendental experiences are positively correlated with alpha 61 and gamma 62 (sometimes also theta) brainwaves.30 

If we manage to influence our brain neurochemistry in some way, we will be one step closer to rediscovering our creative genius. And even herbal remedies can help us with that.

Guayusa

The caffeine present in Guayusa helps stimulate the body and brain functions. Theobromine pleasantly relaxes the body and banishes anxiety and tension. In this context, however, the most interesting substance is l-theanine, which promotes the production of alpha brain waves. The individual enters a state of consciousness with increased vigilance, concentration but also mental well-being, which is a suitable breeding ground for creative moments. 27, 31

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha increases the amount of acetylcholine in the brain, which results in improved attention and concentration. It also increases the level of the neurotransmitter GABA, which stimulates the production of alpha brain waves. The individual enters a state of consciousness with increased vigilance, concentration but also mental well-being that encourages creativity. 33

Cacao

Cocoa, on the other hand, stimulates gamma brain waves. The individual enters a state of consciousness with excessively increased vigilance, concentration but also mental well-being, which is a suitable breeding ground for creative moments. 35

Lions Mane

Lions Mane is a real gem among substances that improve brain function. It activates the production of NGF and BDNF, which are proteins that improve cognitive function and help form and strengthen new brain connections. 31 Individual areas of the brain are thus better able to communicate with each other, which has a positive effect on imagination and creativity. 63

Kava Kava

The active substances, kavalactones, help to increase the levels of the neurotransmitter GABA, which stimulates the production of alpha brain waves. The individual enters a state of consciousness with increased vigilance, concentration but also mental well-being, which is a suitable breeding ground for creative moments. 38

Banisteriopsis Caapi

The active substances – beta carboline alkaloids, increase the level of the neurotransmitter GABA, which stimulates the production of alpha brain waves. The individual enters a state of consciousness with increased vigilance, concentration but also mental well-being. 50 They also activate the production of BDNF protein, which improves cognitive function and helps to form and strengthen new brain connections. The increase in these connections results in more efficient communication between different areas of the brain. These qualities have a positive effect on imagination and creativity. 51

CBD

CBD promotes relaxation in the body, helps reduce the level of beta brain waves to alpha and theta levels. The individual enters a state of consciousness with increased vigilance, concentration but also mental well-being, which is a suitable breeding ground for creative moments. 52

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