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Feeling Sluggish? These 3 Energizing Herbs Could Help*

Feeling Sluggish? These 3 Energizing Herbs Could Help*

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Feel your energy dip throughout the day? Always get a little sleepy around the mid-afternoon slump? Eating a nutritious diet, improving your sleep, and getting your body moving should all keep you more alert and focused. But for those days when you need a little extra support, preliminary research shows that these three herbs can all help boost energy levels.*

1. Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus):

Eleuthero, also known as Siberian ginseng, is an adaptogen—a category of herbs that help balance the body's stress response.* It's often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to invigorate qi, or life force energy.

It may improve exercise performance and endurance, according to one small study on male college students.* It's also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties in animal studies of mice.* Finally, it shows some promise for boosting energy after exercise,* so it might be a good one to throw in your gym bag.

Note: If you have high blood pressure, it's best to avoid this herb since it might elevate it further.

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How to use it:

Eleuthero can be consumed in many forms, and it's commonly taken in teas, tinctures, and supplements in capsule or softgel formats.

2. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera):

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is another popular adaptogen. It's been used in Ayurvedic tradition for thousands of years and is increasingly popular among modern-day wellness devotees.

It has many potential benefits including supporting a normal inflammatory response, helping promote healthy blood sugar, and reducing stress while fostering a sense of calm.*

Like eleuthero, ashwagandha might help boost athletic strength and promote quicker recovery.* In Ayurveda, it's also used to support healthy energy levels.*

How to use it:

Ashwagandha is traditionally found as a supplement or powder that can be added to smoothies, lattes, and other beverages.

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3. Oil of Oregano (Origanum vulgare):

Oregano oil is made from dried oregano plants, which contain high levels of antioxidants that can help support your body's immune response.*

It's also been shown to aid in digestion in preclinical studies and fight off energy-zapping bad bugs that can contribute to gut microbial imbalance.*

How to use it:

You can find oregano oil in tincture and softgel supplement form. The tincture's flavor can be quite intense, so consider combining 1 to 2 drops with a water and apple cider vinegar blend to start to mask the taste.

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