8 natural stimulants to gain energy

8 natural stimulants to gain energy

8 natural stimulants to gain energy

1. THE MATTE GRASS

An option with caffeine but softer than coffee is the maté herb ( Ilex paraguariensis ), a relative of holly. Uruguayans and Argentines know it well, because it is part of their culture.
It can be taken as an infusion and contains caffeine (mateine), theobromine and theophylline, which exert an energizing action on the central nervous system.

2. THE GUARANÁ

Another stimulating plant , rich in two alkaloids of the family of methylxanthines – theophylline and theobromine – but considered free from the addictive effect of coffee or tea, is guarana ( Paullinia cupana ).
Its effect is quite immediate, suitable for people who have to face demanding tasks , such as professors, lecturers, opponents, students, athletes and other athletes in competition. 
The seeds of this Amazonian liana are usually taken in powder, mixed in yoghurt or juice, or in capsules.
But it should be avoided in case of hypertension .

3. GINSENG

well-known Chinese stimulant plant that also acts on the central nervous system is ginseng ( Panax ginseng ).
Increase physical resistance and the ability to adapt to changes and stress.
Chinese herbalists have a raw root. It can be taken in decoction (one cup per day in the morning), tincture, liquid extract or capsules.
It should be avoided from mid-afternoon and in case of tachycardia, high blood pressure or insomnia.

4. THE ROSEMARY

softer , very Mediterranean stimulant is rosemary ( Rosmarinus officinalis ). Some time ago the people of the field used it to face the hard days of physical slaughter. It is a tonic with a clear restorative effect, useful against physical and mental fatigue.
Stimulates the central nervous system, infuses a certain euphoria and energy and helps fight weakness and fatigue.
It is taken in infusion (one or two cups a day) or in alcoholic tincture (about 50 drops a day, dissolved in water or juice).

5. THE COLA NUT

The cola nut is a stimulant with as much caffeine as coffee and it fights fatigue.
It is taken in capsules (maximum 2 g daily), with water or juice. Avoid if you take antidepressants or anxiolytics.

6. THE COCOA PEEL

Cocoa is a very good source of magnesium, unsaturated fats and vitamins, it contains theobromine, a less exciting substance than caffeine and useful for asthenia.
It is taken in decoction or powder.

7. RHODIOLA

Rhodiola or the so-called Nordic ginseng helps in states of weakness, reluctance and apathy. It provides energy and physical resistance .
You can take 1 to 3 capsules daily (250 mg of standardized extract).

8. ELEUTHEROCOCCUS

Eluterococcus is a fast and safe way to gain energy. This Siberian plant is adaptogenic and stimulating , increases physical endurance and concentration.
You can take 3 to 7 tablets a day. 

Find your energy without caffeine

We could ask ourselves if we really need help to overcome fatigue or lack of tone. But the truth is that the most consumed beverage in the world – apart from water – is tea, followed by coffee. And among the soft drinks, they win, without a doubt, cola drinks. Three stimulants!
Stimulants activate the sympathetic nervous system . This is responsible for maintaining alertness, essential to address many vital circumstances.
When the sympathetic system is activated , blood pressure, heart rate and blood flow to the brain and muscles increase, the pupils dilate and the appetite increases. The person feels more alert and prepared for the action.
Caffeine , present in coffee as well as tea and cola, is therefore the most common stimulant. It usually does not have adverse effects if it is not abused, but it can create some addiction.
In an herbalist it is possible to find alternatives, not already to caffeine, but above all to more drastic chemical stimulants of consumption very little recommended.

An infusion to stay in tune

This pleasant Mediterranean infusion helps you overcome fatigue and feel more energized without creating addiction.
Ingredients:
  • Rosemary, mint, savory and St. John’s Wort, in equal parts.
preparation:
  1. One tablespoon of the plant mixture is separated by a glass of water.
  2. Put the water on the fire and pour the herbs in a teapot or saucepan.
  3. The hot water is poured over the herbs .
  4. Let it stand, covered , about 10 minutes.
Indications:
  • You can drink up to 3 glasses a day , the last one in the afternoon.
This article has been prepared with the advice of Josep Maria Teixé, herbalist from El Manantial de Salud.

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