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Holistic approach to health

Body / Mind / Spirit

With the ever-increasing knowledge of various scientific disciplines, the materialistic worldview begins to gradually decline, and we begin to realize that the only right way to achieve optimal health lies in understanding the person as a whole. Our ancestors were well aware of this, and they understood man as a multidimensional being. Body, mind and spirit were considered our integral components, and it was a matter of course that the attainment of full-fledged health and satisfaction could only be achieved if all these dimensions were cultivated. Today, this wisdom of ancient Greece, China, Indian Ayurveda and other indigenous cultures opens up 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 they are here primarily to enable us to live a better quality of life. We are convinced that science has become the language of our century. Its message has never been more important than 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 comprehensible even for our Western society. And there is power in knowledge. Thanks to the new information, nothing is just an assumption, 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 begin to understand better 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 paid, there will be more noticeable results.

"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, which is certainly worth paying attention to this phenomenon.

The American Psychological Association confirms that the vast majority of mental and physical disorders arise precisely due to insufficient sleep hygiene. 2 On the contrary, people with an optimal amount of quality sleep have a much more resistant immune system and live their lives in a healthier, more vital and happier mood. 3

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

Those who solve problems with falling asleep with the help of alcohol should be on the lookout. Although alcohol shortens the time of falling asleep, according to a number of studies in recent years, it shows 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 that have been used for this very purpose for thousands of years can be used. Most such preparations work on the principle of increasing the level of the neurotransmitter GABA. This neurotransmitter has inhibitory (depressant) effects on the nervous system – it reduces anxiety and tension and promotes relaxation of the body.

Kava Kava

The plant contains alkaloids called cavalactones, which increase levels of the neurotransmitter GABA. Kava thus helps to dampen the nervous system, relieves mental and physical tension, allows easier falling asleep and promotes calm and undisturbed sleep. 6

Kanna

Kanna contains the alkaloids mesembron and Mesembrine, which by their binding to serotonin receptors help to relieve stress and tension. Kanna also promotes relaxation of the body and allows easier falling asleep. 7 By its ability to increase serotonin levels in the brain, it optimizes the levels of the sleep hormone melatonin, the right level of which is a necessary condition for healthy sleep. 8

CBD

CBD's ability to dampen the nervous system can serve as a means of relieving anxiety, stress and tension. It also proves to be a suitable remedy for the treatment of many mental illnesses such as anxiety disorders, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. It also helps with insomnia. 55

Ashwagandha

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

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

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 popularity for its relaxing effects on the human body. According to the latest research, its regular use helps to harmonize the sleep cycle and improve the quality of sleep. 11

Sacha Inchi

The seeds are rich in tryptophan – a precursor to setononine that improves mood, relaxes the body and helps produce the sleep hormone melatonin. 12

Sacha Inchi also contains a high number of building elements. It also includes magnesium, which increases the level of the neurotransmitter GABA and promotes relaxation of the body. 13

Regular exercise is a necessary habit that every person should adopt with at least minimal interest in their health. And those who haven't started yet, probably only because they haven't heard of all the benefits that regular exercise brings.

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

According to experts, we should perform some type of exercise preferably 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes to achieve all the health benefits. Of course, exercise should start gradually and physical activities should alternate during the week and allow the body to regenerate. 16 The hardest part is getting started. But once you feel a flood of happiness molecules that your brain will reward you with after a proper activity, you won't want to stop. In this context, we can mention several herbal remedies that can help with motivation and subsequent performance.

Guayusa

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

Maca

Maca is a favorite superfood of many athletes for its energizing properties. It contains a high amount of vitalizing substances such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals that increase physical performance and strength. 17 Its presence of amino acids contributes to the development of muscle mass and is thus a valuable commodity also among bodybuilders.

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

Cordyceps

Cordyceps is a medicinal mushroom that is a real jewel among athletes. It contains compounds called beta-glucans, which allow the body to better manage 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 storehouse of energy for our muscles. The increase in its level stimulates the body and increases physical performance and strength. 20 Last but not least, Cordyceps promotes an increase in the level of the hormone testosterone, which is necessary for the formation of muscle mass. 21

Sacha Inchi

Sacha Inchi seeds are an extraordinary source of building blocks such as proteins, vitamins, minerals and building blocks that help increase physical performance and support optimal functioning of the body. Their presence of amino acids is also appreciated by bodybuilders 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. They often overlook the fact that the most important influence on the emotional and energy level of our organism is diet. Studies confirm that diet affects us much more than we think – it not only affects our mood and energy, it also affects the cognitive functions of our brain, for example, and has a major impact on the functioning of the immune system. Inappropriate diet thus contributes to the emergence 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 suitable diet. But experts agree that it is possible to mention several basic recommendations that have universal validity. 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 others. Also extremely important are healthy fats, 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

The modern person, who often cannot get all the necessary nutrients from food due to his fast diet, can be helped by a group of herbal remedies called superfoods.

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 processes. There are also amino acids that optimize bodily functions – nourishing our organs and promoting bone and muscle growth.

cacao

Unroasted cacao in addition to caffeine and theobromine, it 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 longevity and immunity of the organism.

Sacha Inchi

Seeds are primarily an extraordinary source of omega acids, which the body is not able to produce itself and is forced to obtain them from food. Sacha Inchi seems to be a suitable source of them. 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 a number of building blocks such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iodine, amino acids, sterols and tocopherols.

Guayusa

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

The optimal functioning of our organism is also fundamentally influenced by the proper functioning of our intestines. In this context, the so-called microbiome is increasingly being talked about in professional circles.

Microbiome

"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 create a symbiosis with our organism. By their presence, they help the body to reduce unwanted substances, optimize the functions of metabolism and digestive system, and support the body's defenses.

The proper functioning of the intestines has a much greater effect on our organism than originally seemed. Recent research shows that approximately 50-70% serotonin is produced in the intestines, so they have a major impact on our emotions and cognitive function. Thus, a healthy microbiome is 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 – these include yogurts, kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha.

Prebiotic foods – They help feed pre-existing bacteria – these include mainly plant fiber, i.e. fruits, vegetables and cereals.

Medicinal mushrooms – Cordyceps, Reishi, Lions Mane and Chaga

Thanks to their high fiber content (polysaccharides), they act as prebiotics – they help nourish 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 bodily state – the prevailing thoughts gradually begin to affect our emotional state, and emotions, in the language of our body, are neurochemical reactions that flush out specific hormones and neuropeptides in the body. Depending on the preceding factors, these 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 heal.

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

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

If we want to work on changing our mental habits, we must first begin to cultivate the mind in such a way that it serves us better. This will be possible precisely if we start working on improving cognitive abilities. The basis is definitely a strong will, supportive means can then be just nootropics. For more tools to help you make these changes, see the following sections.

Lion's Mane

Favorite 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 function, promote attention and concentration. They also help to form and strengthen new brain connections, accelerating positive changes in the cerebral cortex. This makes it easier for a person to learn new knowledge and skills. 31

Guayusa

Thanks to the combination of active ingredients, Guayusa indeed, a specific effect on our organism. The substances caffeine and l-theanine have stimulating effects on the mind – a person becomes more alert, improving his ability to concentrate and attention. Relaxing substances such as theobromine and l-theanine help relax the body, reducing anxiety and promoting a calm and concentrated mind.27, 32

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha increases the amount of 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 researches in recent years. It is confirmed that they increase the activity of gamma brain waves, which support cognitive functions and neuroplasticity of the brain. 35

Ginkgo

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

Sacha Inchi

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

Kava Kava

Kava is mainly used as a relaxant due to its action on the neurotransmitter GABA. Because of its ability to sharpen the mind, it also serves as a nootropic. 38

Kanna

Kava is mainly used as a relaxant due to its action on serotonin receptors. Because of its ability to sharpen the mind, it also serves as a nootropic. 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, it is necessary to first take one step – to become fully aware of our original mental habits. This requires a certain degree of constant alertness, concentration and firm will.

Through the act of awareness, we begin to cultivate calm in our mind and allow it to slow down. We will finally be able to start actually monitoring its contents – that is, ideas. This stepping out of your mind and taking on the role of observer is the first step towards change. As Einstein says, "A problem cannot be solved at the same level at which it arises." And so, as long as we are still in our mind, we cannot change it.

The ability to such awareness is referred to in today's psychological terminology as 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 sensations, but also of the surrounding world.

Mindfulness is an ability that can be acquired, but it needs to be trained regularly. It's like a muscle that needs to be exercised repeatedly for observable results. Those who persevere do not regret it – the mindfulness movement in recent years has broken all records in terms of treating neurotic disorders, improving the quality of life, satisfaction in relationships and increasing the effectiveness of cognitive abilities. 40, 41

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

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

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

We have already said that the first step to changing mental habits is to become aware of them. By doing so, they will lose most of their power over us. But what if the thought is already sown deeper?

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

Optimal emotional space corresponds to certain levels of hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, endorphins and others. If these levels are out of balance, they can be replenished in natural ways such as exercise, meditation, creative activity, or socializing with friends. This creates a positive emotional state in which we more easily open ourselves to new beliefs that, if we persevere, will eventually become our new reality. 30

We can also help with the creation of optimal emotional space with the help of herbal remedies, 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 every moment, but mainly faith in ourselves.

We can take the example of the psychologist Viktor Frankl, who, despite many years of torture in concentration camps, has not ceased to believe in the meaningfulness of life. And finally, thanks to these experiences, he was able to achieve success and founded a new psychological movement of logotherapy, which emphasizes that even in the most demanding 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 currently experiencing as something meaningful and transformative. Because the most challenging situations are the moments 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 state to no small 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."  Dr. Joe Dispenza argues, adding that if a person understands the brain's neuroplasticity capacity, any intentional change (not just thinking) will be far more effective and motivated to do so.

Think of your prevailing beliefs and behavior patterns as a specific set of neural pathways in the brain. These pathways were created by the gradual formation of neurons that responded to repetitive stimuli from the internal and external environment. This created your personality, which is literally an imprint on the physiological level of your brain. 30 Although until recently it was argued that the brain can only be shaped up to a certain age, and personality with all its aspects can no longer be changed in adulthood, in recent years it has been shown that a person retains this ability of neuroplasticity throughout his life. 43

What does this mean for us? If, thanks to the ability of mindfulness, we become aware of our habits and if we have an intention (will) to change them, then, as then, by gradual repetition, the brain can be rewired. New desirable habits imprint themselves in the form of neural pathways and become part of our new personality. 30

Another important concept that is closely related to neuroplasticity is neurogenesis. This is the brain's ability 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 formation of new connections. An increase in these connections results in an increase in brain performance – improving the ability to think, pay, memory and concentration. Neurogenesis is also related to a higher degree of creativity and the ability to process new information and stimuli from one's surroundings. To maintain optimal health of our brain, it is therefore advisable to strengthen it regularly, for example, by learning new skills, knowledge, solving logical tasks, etc.44

There is a group of herbal remedies that, by their action 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 efficient and less time-consuming.

Lion's Mane

Favorite nootropic of the new century. The fungus activates the production of BDNF and NGF, which are substances that promote neuroplasticity and neurogenesis. They help to create and strengthen new brain connections and make it easier for a person to learn new skills – such as new mental habits. 31

Banisteriopsis Caapi

It contains harmal alkaloids that activate the production of BDNF, promoting 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 researches in recent years. It is confirmed that they increase the activity of gamma brain waves, which support cognitive functions and neuroplasticity of the brain. 35

CBD

According to recent research, CBD is also able to promote neuroplasticity and non-allergenicity. 46, 47

GHOST

In the original holistic concept, this essence is considered to be an integral component 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, wishes and ideals.

At the same time, the Spirit is a bridge connecting us with other people, nature, and life itself. It is something that we ourselves are, and at the same time something that goes far beyond us. It is the seat of the purest emotions such as love, joy, bliss, peace and gratitude. When we are connected to this intelligence, we are connected to the very source of these emotions, which create harmony in our organism 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, quiet the turbulent mind and immerse ourselves in a deep healing silence within each of us, whose main function is to restore harmony on all levels of our being. At the level of emotions , feelings of anxiety, stress and tension disappear, which are replaced by feelings of love, peace and security. Positive changes are also noticeable at the body level – tissue regeneration is faster, body processes such as blood pressure and heartbeat are optimized, the level of stress hormones decreases, the body's defenses and vitality increase. Meditation also promotes the growth of new brain cells, resulting in improved cognitive abilities. 30

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

According to neuroscientific research, it follows that the meditative state of mind is conditioned by a change in brain waves. While in the normal state our brain works mainly in beta levels, meditation changes brain waves to alpha levels (moderate relaxation, high level of alertness, decreased receptivity to the outside world, increased receptivity to the inner world), gamma (high level of relaxation, high level of alertness, inner world becomes more real than the outer world) and theta (maximum level of relaxation – almost at the limit of sleep, focusing attention on the inner world). 30 By using herbal remedies that have the ability to influence brain waves to the desired levels, we are then able to support our meditation abilities.

cacao

cacao it is one of the most important plants for every 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 on all his levels. cacao it can support meditation in several ways. Its caffeine content 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 turbulent mind. cacao also stimulates the activity of gamma brain waves, which promote 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. There is also l-theanine, which promotes relaxation of the body and improves cognitive function, precisely because of 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 function, GABA stimulates the activity of alpha brain waves – promotes relaxation of 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 it has historically been widely used by Taoist masters as a meditation tool – helping to calm the mind and improve 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

Lion's Mane

Coral is a real gem among substances improving brain function. It activates the production of NGF and BDNF, which are proteins that improve cognitive function and help create and strengthen new brain connections. Thus, the fungus allows to accelerate positive changes in the cerebral cortex caused by meditation (improving connectivity between individual areas of the brain). It also supports the brain's ability to learn new skills. This is also true of meditation – the brain remembers brain connections that are associated with meditation more quickly and is then able to enter meditation states more easily. 31

The mushroom also promotes good mood and emotional stability.

Kava Kava

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

Banisteriopsis Caapi

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

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

CBD

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

Life is a whole series of stressful situations. And thank God, these are the best opportunities for our growth. However, every step out of your comfort zone brings with it a certain amount 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 supporting our ability to face a threatening situation. This reaction of the organism (called fight or fligh) is biologically determined.

In ancient times, when a collision 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 in fight or fligh mode almost 50% of the time, even when stress is not tied to real danger – it turns out that most stress stems largely from unrealistic fears about the future or emotional attachment to past experiences. The fight or flight system, however, shows the same activity as if the individual's life were at stake. The organism is thus after a constant barrage of hormones overloading the organism, which is not able to return to its homeostasis. There is a weakening of immunity, vitality and vital functions, which, as a rule, results in the development of all sorts of diseases.

There are many ways to reduce the negative impact of stressful situations on our organism. These include, for example, a change of belief about a threatening situation (see the MIND section), 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 refer to as adaptogens. Adaptogens help us increase the body's resistance to stressors – they support vitality and immunity, ward off fatigue, reduce the level of stress hormones and harmonize our emotional state. We are thus better able to deal with a challenging situation of any nature. 53

Adaptogens

Ashwagandha – It 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, purifies the blood and has an anti-inflammatory effect. 33

Maca – It helps a person to overcome difficult conditions and it is advisable to use it when exerting mental or physical strength. From the psychological point of view, it gives us a good mood, relieves stress and banishes anxiety. It also acts as an effective stimulant – it helps to increase physical performance and accelerates the regeneration of the body after demanding activities. 17

Cocoa – Unroasted cacao it 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 cacao 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 vitality to the body. 56

Medicinal mushrooms

Chaga – Due to the high amount of health-promoting substances, Chaga is known for its ability to harmonize the immune system. It also helps a person to cope with difficult and stressful situations, relieves fatigue and vitalizes the body. 54

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

Cordyceps and Coral – 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 will help us mobilize the organism and cope with challenging situations at the time 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 called relaxants and their essence lies in the fact that they increase serotonin levels. In this way, they weaken the negative emotional charge related to the past experience and help us with relaxation and relaxation, reduce tension and improve mood.

Relaxants

Kratom – A popular relaxant whose presence of mitragynine alkaloids helps to relax the body, promote a good mood and soothe pains of a physical and mental nature. 58

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

Kanna – The original South African herb, which is for its content of effective alkaloids (mainly Mesembrine and Mesembrenone) popular for its ability to improve mood, relieve stress, anxiety and tension. 7

Banisteriopsis Caapi – Active ingredients – beta carbolin alkaloids, act on the basis of MAOI and have antidepressant and sedative effects. After use, there is a pleasant state of relaxation and relaxation.

Bobinsana – Active ingredients – beta carbolin alkaloids, act on the basis of MAOI and have antidepressant and sedative effects. After use, there is a pleasant state of relaxation and relaxation.

CBD – CBD's ability to dampen the nervous system can serve as a means of relieving anxiety, stress and tension. It also proves to be a suitable remedy for the treatment of 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 form our personalities and satisfy our most basic human needs.

We can say that sincere, loving, friendly and partner relationships are from a neurobiological point of view based on high levels of dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, promoting happiness, joy and belonging, but also vitality and the immune system. They are therefore an elementary aspect affecting our mental balance.

Many relationships are built within a certain social context – within the framework of social events, which are often accompanied by the use of socializing means 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. These herbs, on the contrary, contribute to the vitality of the organism, which is why they have been a popular part of social events of various cultures for centuries.

Within a social context , they can be particularly useful for their abilities to improve mood, eliminate social anxieties and communication inhibitions. They also increase communication skills and empathy – one becomes 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 in 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 with its positive influence on the emotional dimension helps to release unprocessed emotions and find inner peace. A person thus becomes more authentic and open to himself and other people. Cocoa can also serve as an aphrodisiac.

Nowadays, the use of unroasted cocoa as medicine is again on the rise in the so-called cocoa ceremonies. 57

Kanna

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

Kava Kava

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

Kratom

Kratom is a popular socializing tool of Asian residents, which is gradually gaining its popularity on other continents. With its ability to improve mood, it helps to relieve anxiety and stress, becoming a popular substitute for alcohol. 58

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha's action on GABA receptors helps reduce anxiety and tension. Thus, 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. It helps to 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 studying the aspects of life that lead to a happy, contented, and meaningful life. He came to the conclusion that the most important way to achieve these qualities is to fulfill our potential. Man is thus directed towards continuous growth, supporting his personal and collective evolution, and this gives his existence a deeper meaning. There is a true connection with one's own essence and vital force that promotes health on all levels. 60

We find self-expression in any creative activity in which we put ourselves. 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 organism.

I believe that self-realization is the main reason why we are here. We all know at least glimpses of those moments that are referred to as creative moments, states of flow, connection to the source, or inspiration. These are those moments of deep gratitude for your life. Sometimes, however, life circumstances make this connection difficult for us, and inspiration is difficult to find. I believe that neuroscience will help us in this regard. Recent research shows that creative moments, flow states, and other similar transcendental experiences correlate positively with alpha61 and gamma62 brain waves (sometimes theta). 30

If we succeed in influencing our brain neurochemistry in some way, we will be one step closer to rediscovering our creative genius. And herbal remedies can also help us to do this.

Guayusa

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 gets into a state of consciousness with increased alertness, 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, resulting in improved attention and concentration. It also increases the level of the neurotransmitter GABA, which stimulates the production of alpha brain waves. The individual gets into a state of consciousness with increased alertness, concentration, but also mental well-being supporting creativity. 33

cacao

cacao on the contrary, it stimulates gamma brain waves. The individual gets into a state of consciousness with excessively increased alertness, concentration, but also mental well-being, which is a suitable breeding ground for creative moments. 35

Lion's Mane

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

Kava Kava

The active ingredients, cavalactones, help increase levels of the neurotransmitter GABA, which stimulates the production of alpha brain waves. The individual gets into a state of consciousness with increased alertness, concentration, but also mental well-being, which is a suitable breeding ground for creative moments. 38

Banisteriopsis Caapi

Active substances – beta carbolin alkaloids, increase the level of the neurotransmitter GABA, which stimulates the production of alpha brain waves. The individual gets into a state of consciousness with increased alertness, concentration but also mental well-being. 50 They also activate the production of BDNF protein, which improves cognitive function and helps create 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 of the body, helps to reduce the level of beta brain waves to the level of alpha and theta. The individual gets into a state of consciousness with increased alertness, concentration, but also mental well-being, which is a suitable breeding ground for creative moments. 52

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About the Author: Jakub Kubečka

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