| LINDSEY WILSON
Even though the New Year has just begun, you might already be feeling the wear and tear of the day-to-day. All of that stress on your nervous system can leave you feeling run-down and burnt out. It’s times like these that taking preventative steps will bring your body the most benefit.
Inflammation and oxidative stress are the number one enemy of a healthy nervous system. Cue OWL’s Immunity Elixir. This powerful blend of nature’s superfoods will not only stave off illnesses, but can also protect your nervous system from becoming overloaded with stimuli from the outside world. Let's take a closer look at how our Immunity Elixir will benefit one of your body's most crucial puzzle pieces.
How to Protect Your Nervous System
The newest addition to our Elixir collection focuses on protecting every aspect of your body. You’ve probably heard of your immune system succumbing to the effects of stress. But did you know that your nervous and immune systems are connected? Through the vagus nerve, your brain and gut can send messages back and forth about all kinds of functions and physiological processes. With 70-80% of your immunity existing within your gut1, you can bet that stress will rear its ugly head by disrupting communication along the vagus nerve, and affecting functions controlled by your nervous system.
We’ve created a delicious and heavy-hitting combination of herbs and adaptogens to protect your nerve cells from the damage of oxidative stress. Each ingredient brings its own therapeutic powers to keep you sharp and radiant even on your toughest days.
Hibiscus is the basis of our Immunity Elixir. This well-known plant has strong antioxidant properties that help protect your nerve cells from damage. Antioxidants also reduce the inflammation caused by stress that can weaken the abilities of your neurotransmitters to receive signals from your nervous system2. We love hibiscus for its refreshing flavor and potent medicinal qualities that leave you feeling your best.
Increased inflammation within your body is a stress-induced response. This expresses itself through disrupting the production of serotonin and dopamine in the brain which can cause an imbalance in your mood3. This can also slow processes within the brain and damage nerve cells, putting even more stress on your nervous system4. Lion’s mane has the potential to reverse changes to your neurotransmitters induced by stress. This adaptogenic mushroom is one of our favorite ingredients for promoting brain health.
Existing as a staple in Eastern medicine for thousands of years, this medicinal mushroom comes packed with antioxidants, including phenols and flavonoids. These antioxidants stimulate the production of phenolic compounds that promote immune system health. Taking it a step further, turkey tail contains thirty-five different protective phenolic compounds. These mostly contribute to reducing inflammation and inhibiting the release of pro-inflammatory enzymes5.
A common garden plant, also known as merigold. Not just for decoration, calendula carries with it an impressive list of antioxidants to help fight oxidative stress. When you add in the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory powers of this flower, you have a trifecta of immune boosting properties6. What’s good for your immune system is good for your nervous system, too.
Fennel is a flavorful and potent plant, popular for its culinary and medicinal uses. In fact, fennel is so powerful that research shows the essential oil contains a whopping eighty-seven different compounds, including the polyphenol antioxidants rosmarinic acid, apigenin, and quercetin7.
Polyphenols are strong enough to help lower the risk of neurological diseases. These antioxidants are helpful tools in protecting against cellular damage within your nervous system.
Turmeric & Ginger
The anti-inflammatory compound circumin is what gives turmeric its special super powers8. Turmeric is a staple ingredient in OWL Broth Elixirs because of its ability to fight inflammation. But it’s the uniquely potent antioxidant properties that can actually increase the capacity of antioxidants within your body. This means that turmeric can stimulate the activity of other antioxidants on top of neutralizing the free radicals that damage nerve cells.
You probably know that ginger works wonders on an upset stomach. This is due to the presence of gingerol, the main bioactive compound found in ginger. Another common use of ginger is the antioxidant properties that not only fight against free radicals and oxidative stress, they also boost cognitive function and reduce the brain fog associated with an overworked nervous system9. Ginger is a favorite addition to all of our Broth Elixirs for this very reason.
Sage & Rosemary
A favorite member of the mint family, sage contains a distinguished amount of polyphenols - 160 to be exact. Chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, ellagic acid, rosmarinic acid, and rutin are all associated with improved brain function. There’s even proof that these compounds can fortify the defense systems that protect your brain as well as improve cognitive abilities10. The link between these specific plant compounds and the nervous system are why we include sage in all of our Broth Elixirs.
Rosemary is native to Asian and Mediterranean countries. This fragrant herb is a common cooking enhancement, but boasts antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti inflammatory properties making it a powerful medicinal tool. Similar to sage, rosemary also has the ability to enhance cognitive abilities, on top of helping balance the neurotransmitters that promote high quality sleep and improve your mood11. Rosemary is a must in the pursuit of a healthy nervous system.
Did you know that there is three times as much vitamin c in the peel of an orange than in the actual fruit itself? In addition to promoting healthy digestion, the amount of vitamin C in orange peel acts as a natural enhancement for your blood antioxidant levels. Moreover, people with low levels of vitamin C showed an impaired ability to think and remember, making vitamin C a crucial element in nervous system health12.
A Simple Solution
You don't have to endure overwhelming amounts of stress or be subject to the repercussions. Strengthen your defenses before your stress takes over and compromises your health. When it comes to a healthy, high-quality life, OWL will always have your back. Are you ready to tackle stress and take control over your wellness? Our Immunity Elixir has everything you need to transform your natural vitality.
Julie is a self-made writer on a forever journey of fitness and health. As a high school music teacher, she has seen and experienced the challenges of maintaining good health while simultaneously balancing a career and healthy relationships.
Julie has always lived a healthy and active lifestyle. She loves the outdoors, hiking, and camping. Over the years she has continued to learn smarter and better ways to take care of her body while continuing to do the things that make her smile. Naturally, all of her teacher friends wanted to know how she did it - what was her secret?
Julie found herself explaining over and over everything she'd learned in her research, and sharing her experiences through trial and error. Her friends would take her advice, try some new things, and then come back to ask how to take it to the next level.
"You should charge for this kind of information!" Became a constant phrase, and so began her career of writing to share her knowledge with the world through health and wellness comp
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