Your Best Year Ever continues into November! This month, Amanda Chantal Bacon, founder and owner of Moon Juice-the L.A. hot spot that serves beautifying herbal powder blends, tonics, and treats to A-list fans like Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley-helps us eat better and live healthier. Read on for her wisdom about how to achieve better skin, nutrition, and overall well-being, thanks to her favorite buzzy ingredients (all of which can be found in Bacon's new book, The Moon Juice Cookbook: Cosmic Alchemy for a Thriving Body, Beauty, and Consciousness).
Here, Bacon breaks down her favorite stress-blasting mixtures:
Magnesium oil sprayed on at night:
I spray this onto my legs and arms before bed during times of heightened stress and travel. Magnesium is one of the body's most abundant minerals, responsible for aiding everything from protein synthesis to energy production. It also regulates the body's stress response-in fact, magnesium deficiency has been linked to depression. It's a transdermal wonder supplement which may be able to decrease stress, sustain a sense of well-being, improve sleep, and boost performance levels and immunity. And who doesn't want all that? Try this one out.
Turmeric saffron tea:
Don't let the simplicity of this recipe fool you: It has profound biochemical merit for depression and stress. Turmeric and saffron tame inflammatory responses generated during depression, increase the level of neurotrophic factors that grow and sustain of nerve cells, regulate neurotransmitters in the brain, and provide protection from neurodegenerative disorders like memory loss and depression.
Try this tea for 6 weeks. this natural recipe beats Prozac in results for depression.
2 cups of water or milk/nut milk
2 tablespoons turmeric powder
20 saffron threads
1 tablespoon coconut sugar or stevia to taste.
Combine in sauce pan and simmer lightly for 10 minutes.
When I feel my stress perception caving in to a degree that not even meditation, yoga, and healthy diet can kick on their own because of environmental and situational pressure, I give myself a major boost with rhodiola! I'm a fan of cooking with adaptogens and incorporating tonics into my daily life, but when I'm on the go and need to treat a situation quickly, I go for an organic source of rhodiola in pill form and take it twice daily for no less than 10 days. It's extremely powerful in reducing the stress hormone cortisol, and supporting the whole endocrine system.
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