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Watch Christian Bates make the most nutrient-dense casein-free, lactose-free, sugar-free, guilt-free ice cream on the planet!
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The #1 thing I consume – besides spring water – is my Tonic Herbal Skyrocket Elixir. I wish to share with you this most important recipe I have ever created, and perhaps will ever create.
But before I do, let us put into perspective something about food and medicine. And by these 2 categories of edibles I mean:
Food (caloric foods – macronutrient dominant)
Medicine (herbs – micronutrient dominant)
Foods will come and go. Today, your body might absolutely thrive on almonds. Tomorrow, you may get an allergic reaction from almonds (they are after all an agriculturally tweaked food, usually harvested from grafted limbs on trees, but I dirges). Almonds are in the food category. All foods are like this – we need to rotate them regularly – or sometimes give some up for a while.
Name any food or food type, and people have healed by simply abstaining from it.
Herbs – specifically tonic herbs (plants and mushrooms and their extracts appropriate and safe for daily use – herbs that impart cumulative effects with ongoing near-daily usage over a lifetime) don’t need to be rotated as much. Taking small breaks from tonic herbs has benefit, but for the most part taking more of or more consistently the renowned roots, barks, mushrooms, berries and leaves known as tonics dramatically improves one’s immune system and ability to resist stress.
Name any traditionally used tonic herb, and millions of people have healed by simply taking it daily.
Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Whenever I hear this quote, I gawk and think that’s so deep, man. The latter half of the quote is what my recipe is all about. Let medicine be thy food. So deep!
I have found that my diet is no longer centered around food – because my food ingredients change day to day, year to year. My diet is centered around hydration and tonic herbs – the great tonic herbs like reishi mushroom, chaga mushroom, astragalus, goji berry, maca, and many more. Even when I fast and cleanse, it’s centered around tonic herbs and hydration.
I present to you the easiest, fastest, potent, most hydrating and mouthwatering, adaptable and adaptogenic Herbal Tonic Skyrocket Elixir Recipe. I make 3-4 of these per day to stay hydrated and strong!
Herbal Tonic Skyrocket Elixir Recipe:
Blend in blender for 15 seconds:
3 cups spring water
1 1/2 cups spring water ice cubes
1 tablespoon tonic herb extracts
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon KAL stevia extract powder or sweetener of choice, to taste
Let foam settle (you can blend in the stevia last to reduce how much ‘foam head’ is created) and serve in glass – or a mason jar to take with you on the go.
The 1 tablespoon tonic herb extracts part is up to you. What do you want to add in to your life today? You could start with medicinal mushroom extracts, or goji berry extract, or black maca extract, or everyone’s favorite, He Shou Wu.
I have created 7 products that I have found to be the most critical, most powerful, and most appropriate for near-daily use. Give them a try, and experience the deep restorative powers of high-end tonic herbs and superfood extracts. This is medicine that is always there for you, always nutritive, always mood-lifting, always deeply energizing, stress reducing and nourishing to your nervous system, endocrine system and organs.
If you have any questions about tonic herbs, please ask away in the comments section below. I’ll be right here to answer.
I like all my food gourmet, hit-the-spot, full-balanced-flavor, decadent, but also reeeeaaallly nutritious. Look at those 5 definitions again: gourmet… hit-the-spot… full-balanced-flavor… decadent… & really nutritious. The last one – really nutritious – is most important, but let me continue before I blow your mind…
Today, we will keep those 5 definitions and add a helpful dose of bitter, but what you end up with is more nutritious. I could be talking about any food sweet or savory, but I’m talking about chocolate…raw chocolate. Bitter sweet creamy raw chocolate. You like, yes?
The recipe below is how you take the love-inducing, blissful experience of raw cacao (unadulterated chocolate) and crank up the bliss into a ‘gateway’ super-joy experience which will educate you or another chocolate partaker into what nutrition is supposed to be about: an uplifting, perception-changing, empowering ride that just might send you to a new level of health. If you like what I just said, then this chocolate is for you.
Medicinal ‘I’ll Make You Fall in Love with Bitter’ Raw Chocolate
Melt raw cacao butter ahead of time to about 100*F. Blend in a blender:
1/2 cup melted raw cacao butter
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup raw hemp seeds
2 tablespoons Longevity in a Bottle – My siganture product with 60 of the world’s greatest superfoods and herbs all extracted into one dosage for maximum vitality, immunity enhancement and resilience to stress.
2 tablespoons lucuma powder
1 tablespoon organic sunflower seed lecithin oil OR 1 tablespoon more raw cacao butter
1/2 – 1 teaspoon ground vanilla bean
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon KAL stevia extract (use less if you are other than partial to stevia)
Pour into molds or ice cube trays and pop in the freezer for 30 minutes. If you used the sunflower seed lecithin oil, the chocolate will be somewhat soft at room temperature so store in the freezer or refrigerator. Serve everyone!
Conclusion: Is eating simply about flavor and getting calories? For most people it is, oddly. Most people, I regret to state, eat a low medicine diet. So food is mostly flavor and calories for them. When we add the medicinal compounds back into our meals through tonic herbs, superfoods, rich aromatic heirloom foods, and wild foods, then suddenly we have an eating experience which has a completely active effect on our nervous system. Our body lights up with antioxidants, our immune system finally gets its receptor sights impregnated, our cellular structure fills out with the proper saturation of minerals, and just maybe the body-mind-consciousness connection gets nourished too.
So, do you need to eat chocolate all the time to experience this? No, but combining the great superfoods and herbs with chocolate is the best ‘gateway’ experience for someone to fully feel what a medicinal food lifestyle is all about. In my experience, some people just won’t feel anything until they have enough chocolate (Hehe). It’s my deep desire to help you experience this food-medicine-connection as a way of activating your life’s potential so that you can thrive, live with passion, and do what you were meant to do here. To you!
P.S. Be on the lookout for a 2 day in-person raw chocolate making/training workshop in the SF Bay Area this spring 2013.
Disclaimer: Medicinal implies ‘food as medicine and medicine as food.’ It does not imply medical. Individuals takings medications and those with known medical conditions should consult with their holistic physician before using my products, my recipes or any nutritional product. Thank you for understanding.
My new website, LongevityPower.com, for my new company, Longevity Power Inc. has launched, thanks to the unending support of my fans. You have kickstarted my company with pre-sales of Longevity Power’s first signature product, Longevity in a Bottle – 60 of the world’s greatest superfoods and herbs concentrated into the ultimate elixir of health.
I made Longevity in a Bottle as the go-to product for longevity, beauty, and energy, so that you can get the best of the best without having to shop around. When added to your smoothie it makes the smoothie ritual go a heck of a lot faster (e.g. 1 Longevity in a Bottle ingredient rather than 10+ separate ingredients!)
Make your dreams come true,
I loved a cold glass of chocolate milk as a kid. And I still do, but these days I love recipes for vitality, immunity, and longevity that are very low in sugar and rich in superfoods. I have nothing against raw organic dairy but it gives me a bit of an allergic reaction so I chose to make this a non-dairy, nut/seed mylk based recipe. I present to you: my Superfood Chocolate Mylk in 2 easy steps:
2 1/2 cups spring water
2 cups spring water ice cubes
3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon soaked organic raw almonds (or 1/2 cup dry raw almonds, soaked 12 hours)
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (fine powder)
2 teaspoons hemp seeds
2 teaspoons MELTED raw cacao butter
2 teaspoons organic cold-pressed olive oil
1 teaspoon lucuma powder
1/4 teaspoon KAL stevia extract powder
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 small pinch organic cinnamon powder
STEP 2: Strain through 2 nut mylk bags (1 inside the other to create a 2-layered stronger bag) into a bowl, pour into glasses and serve fresh! Use the pulp left in the nut mylk bags as food for your compost.
Enjoy this fantastic combination of comfort food and superfood (your favorite combination, right?!)
A toast to your vitality!
Herein describes the ingredients of my new leading-edge nutrition product, Longevity in a Bottle, and why I chose a whopping 60 of them.
Longevity in a Bottle is designed to de-stress you, give you long-burning energy, nourish your immune system, revitalize your cells and promote longevity like nothing else you have ever experienced. To do this, I’m not going to rely on just one great superfood or one great tonic herb, but rather the many greatest superfoods and herbs from the greatest ancient nutritional systems from around the world.
I have lived the last several years of my life consuming these herbs and superfoods in various forms. I chose to take very potent extracts of my favorite (and historically, the favorite of these top medicinal traditions) and combine them into a balanced and synergistic form safe and recommended for daily use so that you can experience the benefits of these super substances your ancestors spent generations perfecting the use of. Longevity in a Bottle is one culmination of humanity’s ability to share our greatest traditions together (That’s a big part of the American dream)!
I’ll be using the word “Jing” in the definitions of many of these herbs. In Chinese tonic herbalism, jing is one of the “three treasures” of life energies that govern the vitality of your human experience. Jing is the essence of your physical body and needs to be nourished to promote longevity, sexual and hormonal vitality, and kidney health. Think of jing as your youth, and think of it metaphorically as the wax of a candle. Jing is burned daily (faster with stress), you must continue to build it up or it will eventually burn out.
Eucommia Bark Extract – Eucommia ulmoides: Made from a latexy bark. Powerful joint and tissue building jing tonic from Chinese tonic herbalism.
American Ginseng Root Extract – Panax quinquefolium: The cooling type of ginseng from North America which causes serious jing building and massive adaptability response in your body to stress, which is why ginseng is the most famous tonic herb in the west (for all the western people who experience the stress of modern western lifestyles.)
Panax Ginseng Root Extract – Panax ginseng: The warming type of ginseng from Asia. See above.
Prepared He Shou Wu Root Extract – Polygonum multiflorum: A near-black substance that richly nourishes the kidneys and causes bliss. Epic jing building herb.
Prepared Rehmannia Root Extract – Rehmannia glutinosa: Considered “the kidney’s own food” in Chinese medicine, this is the most grounding and restorative herb ever. To nourish the kidneys is like recharging your battery packs.
Astragalus Root Extract – Astragalus membranaceus: Studies show that astragalus is the quintessential herb for DNA repair. Check out my article on it HERE.
Agaricus Blazei Mushroom Fruitbody Extract – Agaricus blazei/subrufescens: One of the richest in polysaccharides (pure immune system food) of all the medicinal mushrooms.
Red Asparagus root Extract – Asparagus cochinchinensis: The “flying de-stress herb.” This bliss-inducing jing substance also makes a great aphrodisiac. Check out my article on it HERE.
Goji Berry Extract – Lycium barbarum: All the fun of goji berries but in a concentrated form rich in polysaccharides. Boosts human growth hormone and bio-potentiates all other herbs and food consumed with it.
Turkey Tail Mushroom Fruitbody Extract – Trametes versicolor: A very well studied mushroom. It is incredible in the case of tumors and does wonders for liver health.
Cordyceps Mycelium Extract – Ophiocordyceps sinensis: This is an excellent jing tonic and immune system modulator. Wild cordyceps mushrooms are about a $million a pound, so we grow cordyceps techie style and make a potent extract of the mycelial biomass.
Gynostemma Leaf Extract – Gynostemma pentaphyllum: This is just like ginseng in effect, but from a leaf. It’s been studied almost as much as green tea, but it has no caffeine and has lots more adaptogenic effects.
Schisandra Berry Extract – Schisandra chinensis: The 5-flavored berry. Because it contains all 5 flavors it has a broad spectrum of effects from its diverse medicinal constituents. It is considered the most well-rounded, most powerful herb in Chinese tonic herbalism.
Poria Mushroom Extract – Wolfiporia extensa: This fungus grows on the roots of pine trees. It has all the immune system benefits of a medicinal mushroom and also calms the mind and soothes digestion.
Horstetail Extract – Equisetum arvense: High highest source of bioavailable silica in nature. Silica is the beauty and youth mineral. It’s a plant, by the way. Longevity in a Bottle is a vegan product.
Red Sage Root Extract – Salia Miltiorrhizae: This herb massively increases circulation in the body.
Jujube Fruit Extract – Ziziphus zizyphus: Jujube is nourishing by itself, but has been used for thousands of years in Chinese tonic herbalism to balance and bio-potentiate other ingredients in an herbal formula thus providing for a more well-rounded effect.
Eleuthero Root Extract – Eleutherococcus senticosus: Provides a deep calm energy in the body helping the body adapt to stress and physical excursion.
Maitake Mushroom Fruitbody Extract – Grifola frondosa: More immune system food.
Cistanche Extract – Cistanche deserticola: A potent aphrodisiac and jing replenisher.
Morinda Root Extract – Morindae officinalis: Pure jing to build up your lifeforce.
Rhodiola Extract – Rhodiola rosea: One of the top cold-climate-growing herbs for athletes that builds jing and aids in the oxygenation process of the body.
Shiitake Mushroom Fruitbody Extract – Lentinula edodes: Another famous source of polysaccharides to make your immune system intelligent.
White Atractylodes Root Extract – Atractylodes macrocephala: Very revitalizing, energizing and digestion boosting.
Noni Fruit Extract – Morinda citrifolia: This is the superfruit of the Pacific coastal medicinal traditions. It’s loaded with polysaccharides and sulfur (the beauty and tissue repair mineral).
Maca Root 10:1 Extract – Lepidium meyenii: The concentrated water-alcohol extract of maca for hormone balancing and core energy.
Wild-Mimicked Chaga Extract – Inonotus obliquus: The “King of Mushrooms” is rich in antioxidants, polysaccarides and a host of other substances including melanin to support beauty and immune system robustness. Russia has done countless studies on chaga, proving it to be one of the most important herbs ever used.
Shilajit Extract: A natural mineral pitch which slowly oozes out of rock over eons is high in fulvic and humic acids which promote detoxification. The “rock invincible” (Shilajit is a Sanskrit word) is often considered the #1 herb in Ayurveda.
Organic Reishi Mushroom Fruitbody Extract – Ganoderma lucidum: The Queen of the mushrooms that builds jing while providing mental calm and focus. Rieshi “works on you” over months of daily consumption to help dispel bad habits. Our organic reishi is sustainabley grown on many different herbs (instead of logs) to increase its nutrient content and is triple extracted to attain a very high polysaccharide content.
Organic Reishi Mushroom Cracked-Cell Spores – Ganoderma lucidum: The spores of reishi are considered many times more immune system modulating than anything ever discovered.
Pine Pollen 10:1 Extract – Pinus massoniana: The stuff is magical. Pine pollen gently boost testosterone and help curb excessive estrogens in both men and women.
Organic Amla Berry Extract – Phyllanthus emblica: Rich in vitamin C and used in almost every Ayurvedic herbal formula as a well-rounding and bio-potentiating ingredient.
Organic Ashwagandha Extract – Withania somnifera: Sometimes called “Indian ginseng,” this supertonic root provides the immune system and long-burning energy support we’re looking for.
Organic Holy Basil Extract – Ocimum tenuiflorum: Also known as Tulsi, this is the ultimate vitality tonic in Ayurveda.
Organic Mangosteen Rind and Fruit Extract – Garcinia mangostana: The quintessential anti-inflamitory tropical superfood.
Organic Mucuna Extract – Mucuna pruriens: This bean pod contains a huge amount of neurotransmitter precursors, making it the happiness herb of the decade.
The following 24 freeze-dried organic medicinal mushroom mycelia grown on organic mycelienated brown rice are the “live food” portion of the formula. They are superfoods unto themselves, rich in polysaccharides. Synergized together they impart the wisdom of the mushroom kingdom onto you:
Organic Raw Agarikon Conk Mycelium, Organic Raw Artist Conk Mycelium, Organic Raw Birch Polypore Mycelium, Organic Raw Agaricus Blazei Mushroom Myc., Organic Raw Bunashimeji Mushroom Myc., Organic Raw Chaga Mushroom Mycelium, Organic Raw Cordyceps Mushroom Mycelium, Organic Raw Enoki Mushroom Mycelium, Organic Raw Ice Man Fungus Mycelium, Organic Raw Lion’s Mane Mushroom Myc., Organic Raw Maitake Mushroom Mycelium, Organic Raw Mesimakobu Mushroom Myc., Organic Raw Nameko Mushroom Mycelium, Organic Raw Oregon Polypore Mycelium, Organic Raw Oyster Mushroom Mycelium, Organic Raw Poria Mushroom Mycelium, Organic Raw Reishi Mushroom Mycelium, Organic Raw Shiitake Mushroom Mycelium, Organic Raw Suehirotake Mushroom Myc., Organic Raw Turkey Tail Mushroom Mycelium, Organic Raw White Wood Ear Mushroom Myc., Organic Raw Willow Bracket Mycelium, Organic Raw Wood Ear Mushroom Mycelium, and Organic Raw Zhuling Mushroom Mycelium.
This concludes a breif introduction to the ingredients of Longevity in a Bottle.
Before I go into the specific top herbs that beautify your skin in 30 days, there is an idea I want to express to you that is more important than any 1 herb: This idea is that:
Herbs are essential for one’s health. Period.
Even a most wholesome organic modern western diet will skimp on the herbs, or have herbs in small doses for flavoring only. You can take whatever nutritional path you are on, and just ADD HERBS IN! Herbs should have a BIG section in your food pyramid.
The herbs to ‘go to first’ are the tonic herbs which are adaptogenic herbs that tonify the body, are safe for daily use with no side effects, and can be used ongoingly for a lifetime of cumulative benefits.
1. Schisandra Berry
Schisandra Berry (Schisandra chinensis), also Schizandra, the “5-flavor berry,” is the most well-rounded-in-effect herb ever. Those 5 flavors (sour/astringent, sweet, bitter, salty, spicy/pungent,) correspond to a wide range of nutrients and effects on the organs of the body. Schisandra’s dominant sour and astringent flavor boosts liver cleansing and thus skin radiance because they are so closely related. Astringency locks in moisture for the skin and helps your body assimilate all other nutrition consumed with schisandra. A richly-red high antioxidant food and herb to be taken daily for beauty through the ages.
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense, Equisetum telmateia, and some other species of the Equisetum genus) is one of the highest bio-available-silica substances ever. And, silica is THE BEAUTY AND YOUTH MINERAL. An extract of a young horsetail plant gives the body the free silica it needs to regenerate tissue and make it soft, supple and strong. Silica is the main co-factor nutrient required in bone growth. The more organic silica you can get in your body the more your skin will be baby soft.
3. Goji Berry
A handful of delicious red-orange goji berries (Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense) or a couple doses of goji berry extract a day is a tradition going back eons to create a youthening effect in the partaker. A super-antioxidant, carotenoid-rich, polysaccharide-laden, flavonoid-dense superfood, goji does wonders for your inner and outer body. It’s not “just a berry.” Try them daily and experience the glow.
Eucommia (Eucommia ulmoides) bark is rich in a rubber/latex substance. An extract of this tissue, joint and skeletal repairing material promotes inner health and beauty and helps youthen the skin. An active constituent in Eucommia, aucubin, has been shown to protect the skin against UV radiation and helps prevent photo-aging.
In the mean time, enjoy my crowdfunding video and funding project description:
When I was 15, I lost 50 excess pounds in 6 months by biking every weekend, eating fewer of my favorite sourdough baguettes, and introducing a handful of key superfoods into my life.
I learned at a young age that a few small actions done well can have profound results for my health and wellness. I wanted everyone to experience this firsthand!
Fast forward to 2006 (age 21). With the help of my friends I created the WildBar (http://WildBar.info), the first organic, raw, superfood-infused meal replacement bar. Tens of thousands of people like you loved its taste and bliss-enducing potency.
Today (I’m 27) I need your help with my next product launch: Longevity in a Bottle, created by my fresh company Longevity Power Inc.
Longevity in a Bottle is the first synergistic blend of humanity’s greatest 58 organic superfood and herbal extracts that for thousands of years have promoted vitality, immunity, and long-lasting energy.
Many of these herbs built your ancestor’s DNA which led to you!
Nowhere in history have these herbs been combined in one place so that you can take full advantage of the immortal traditions of Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic herbalism, Pacific coastal and island medicinal traditions, European folk herbalism, and North and South American shamanism.
And no time in history has humanity desperately needed access to the health and vigor that our ancestor’s once knew, than now! All ingredients in Longevity in a Bottle are adaptogens which promote vitality and immunity by nourishing the body’s ability to adapt to toxic and stressful environments, something we can all relate to.
We acquire and blend our elite quality ingredients while setting the organic and green standard in the wellness industry. Longevity in a Bottle is a vegan product freshly sealed in completely recyclebable amber glass bottles with metal caps, and contains no fillers or flowing agents, and is comprised only of 58 of the world’s greatest organic, wild, non-GMO and pesticide-free superfoods and herbs including extracts of:
LONGEVITY AND CELLULAR REVITALIZATION:
American and Panax Ginseng;
Red sage root;
IMMUNE SYSTEM ENHANCEMENT:
Reishi mushroom fruitbody, spores and mycelium;
Wildrafted Chaga mushroom fruitbody and mycelium;
Agaricus blazei fruitbody and mycelium;
Turkey Tail fruitbody and mycelium;
Maitake fruitbody and mycelium;
and 20 other rare medicinal mushrooms;
Pau d’arco bark;
PEAK MENTAL AND ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE AND LIBIDO ENHANCEMENT:
Maca root juice;
He Shou Wu;
Red Asparagus root;
Longevity in a Bottle in 3 sizes:
Small size bottle: 20 grams; 4 full servings
Medium size bottle: 75 grams; 15 full servings
Large size bottle: 300 grams; 60 full servings
The 2 teaspoon full serving (beginners start with a 1/2 teaspoon and gradually increase over a month) of this rich brown powder stirred into water, shaken into a nut milk, or blended into a smoothie (imparts a coffee-like flavor) once a day is all it takes to accelerate your health results that lead to positive transformation. I know you love to accelerate your health results and the way you feel every single day!
Longevity in a Bottle is the culmination of my ten years work in the organic food world. Listen closely, as I need YOUR help right now to get Longevity in a Bottle manufactured, labeled and sent directly to your body.
Pre-order your Longevity in a Bottle through my RocketHub project site. This is not an investment or charity. It is an exchange: funds from fans for rewards from me. It’s an All & More funding mechanism: if I don’t reach my financial goal I get to keep what I raise. But if I do reah my goal, I get access to RocketHub’s exciting opportunities.
If you help me surpass my goal of raising $56,800 (fingers crossed!), the additional funds will go to launching Longevity in a Bottle’s hot sister product:Immortal Aphrosidiac.
UPDATED TENTATIVE TIMELINE:
-August: RocketHub campaign ends; ingredients ordered; label designing starts.
-September: Label designing complete, online pre-launch campaign commenced.
-October: Longevity in a Bottle manufactured; rewards shipped to contributors; company launched.
The Bigger Picture: The immediate embrace of this business makes me believe that people are ready to uplevel their health and enjoy a richer life where they have more energy to pursue their passions and more happiness in their heart to live a life of love with their friends and family.
Seeing people of every age light up when they take my products, and transform from rags to riches with regard to their health and quality of life, makes me feel like I am doing my part to make life that much better… and to me, THAT is success!
To your greatest health,
Founder, Longevity Power Inc.
You can’t eat – or herbalize – your way to happiness. True happiness requires driving forces of: congruence between your mission (your inner calling) and your actions, heartfelt contribution, good doses of challenge, creative expression, connection with others, and lots of love.
BUT! With the amount of toxins and stress in the human experience these days and a dietary history that seriously lacked the building blocks for a thriving nervous system, healthy glands and vital organs, a “happy” immune system, and a beaming healthy heart, sometimes sustained happiness just isn’t chemically available.
It’s no wonder there is such a huge preponderance of the antidepressant SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) that medicate the population. Antidepressants have side effects, are addictive, never treat the actual base problem, and ultimately suck the sense of personal power and happiness right out of someone.
I digress. Your ancestors took pride in a rich life rich in herbs and took part in traditional herbal medicine of their corresponding successful human cultures. It is our birthright to get back to the basics – the top herbal basics that set your biochemstry up for happiness and make us more stress resistant.
The following top 5 herbs for happiness have evidence of thousands of years of usage in human history (I have also personally used them for years):
A top pick out of the multi-thousand-herb Ayurvedic system, the traditional bean pod extract of Mucuna pruriens contains serotonin, 5-HTP, and a whopping dose of the neurotransmitter precursor L-Dopa. L-Dopa converts to dopamine, which is required for proper brain function and is easily depleted by stress, drugs and alcohol. Best news: an extract usually tastes really good, like peanut powder with a kick.
Reishi is the queen of mushrooms. After inoculating a log or dead plant matter, reishi produces a shiny red fruitbody. All parts of reishi (fruitbody, spores and mycelium) are rich in polysaccarides which plug into the receptor sites of your immune system and train it to be more intelligent. Read more about how reishi does that HERE.
Reishi has a particularly calming effect in the millions of subjects who take it daily. It makes for a very happy nervous system and seems to “work on you” cumulatively over months and years of taking it. It is the perfect spiritual growth tool. Reishi fruitbody tea and tincture are great, but the best bang is to get fruitbody extract powder and cracked-cell spores and take daily.
Like reishi, all medicinal mushrooms do wonders for the body. There are dozens but the next 2 to add in to your life after reishi to support happiness are wildcrafted chaga mushroom and wildcrafted poria mushroom.
Noni fruit (Morinda citrifolia) is the top superfood of the Pacific coastal and island traditions. Noni contains many trace elements and a large amount of polysaccharides which are immune system food. Noni imparts vigor and will in those who consume it.
Fresh noni is best. But when you are away from the tropics where it grows a cold-extracted powder is awesome (and doesn’t have quite the sulfur taste as the fresh stuff)).
Goji berry ain’t a raisin (no offense to grapes.) This orange gem is rich in carotenoids, polysacarides, all essential amino acids, trace minerals and vitamins. A handful of high quality dried but soft goji berries always impart a lift in mood in those that comply. To get more out of goji without the natural sugar content, an extract powder goes well with everything.
Ginseng is the most popular eastern herb in the west. But did you know that there are many kinds of ginseng? The main 2: Panax ginseng originates in Asia and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) grows wild in many places in North America. Ginseng’s phytochemicals are complex and after thousands of years of usage and thousands of scientific studies, it has been proven that it’s not one chemical that provides benefit, but all the chemicals of ginseng combined in a full-spectrum extract that provide bliss-enducing energy, immune system enhancement, and libido boosting power.
Here’s 5 more:
Polygala root – Known as the will-builder in taoist tonic herbalism. It relaxes the mind, calms the emotions, aids the sleep process, and all while boosting sexual vitality.
Red Asparagus root – Known as the “levitation herb,” this cooling substance tonifies the reproductive ability and makes one feel very light and serene.
St. John’s Wort – More than 30 double-blind studies show St. John’s Wort to be as effective as the prescription antidepressants Zoloft and Prozac but with far fewer side effects.
Kava – Bliss out all day safely with this herb. Decrease muscle tension and reduce stress and anxiety without lowering your mental faculties. Kava is fun.
Holy Basil – The green leafy adaptogen tonic is very antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. A top ayurvedic herb, this herb is always associated with yogic bliss.
All the great tonic herbs and superfoods from around the world boost your body’s ability to sustain happiness and to feel a deep sense of energy and nourishment. The few great ones above truly embody happiness.
How to take these herbs
Have fun with these herbs – they are safe and best taken daily for life-long cumulative effects. Try top quality powders and tinctures from the various raw food vendors online.
I love combining these herbs into one elixir or smoothie. In fact, I have mastered doing this. I want to share my formula with you – the perfectly balanced herbal and superfood extract blend rich in most of the herbs mentioned above (and even more synergizing organic herbs not mentioned) – Longevity in a Bottle. Watch my video on it and pre-order your stash today to help me bring Longevity in a Bottle to market.
Remember when kombucha had just a tiny little corner in the refrigerated drink section of a natural food store? Fast forward 10 years, and today most stores now have multiple big end caps of kombucha with many competing companies. It’s almost cliché to make a kombucha reference in a yoga studio these days.
Here’s the insight: Bottled water kefir (a somewhat different ferment from kombucha) currently has just a tiny little refrigerated corner. Trust me, water kefirs are the next kombucha. Specifically, coconut water and fruit juice kefirs. They work for more people because there is no residual caffeine, nor a significant sugar content left because unprocessed sugars (from the coconut water and fruit) get eaten up by probiotic kefir bacteria more completely than sugar cane and honey.
But, you don’t have to wait for a big selection at the store – you can make it at home right now (and it only takes a couple days to ferment!).
Coconut Water Kefir
Pour 1 big size bottle of coconut water (not from concentrate) into a clean half gallon mason jar (it’s okay if it is pasteurized coconut water because it will become a living food).
OPTIONAL: Add freshly juiced organic watermelon or your favorite organic fruit juice
Add fresh organic water kefir grains (available from eBay) OR a dash (at least 1 tablespoon) of coconut water kefir (there are a few brands at many natural food stores including Kevita and Tonix).
Cover jar with a clean hand towel (allow air to be able to go into jar as this is an aerobic ferment which needs oxygen) and let sit for 24 hours during warm weather or 2-6 days if cool or cold weather.
Kefir is done when effervescent, not sugary sweet anymore, and tangy (due to the lactic acid produced by our friends – the probiotic bacteria – in the kefir culture). When kefir tastes done, refrigerate immediately to stop the kefir from producing an excessive amount of lactic acid. If your kefir grows kefir grains (looks like cooked white rice globules) (kefir does not always create grains: sometimes the kefir culture remains dissipated throughout the whole kefir) you should strain them out and continue to feed them by starting another batch of coconut/fruit-based kefir.
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