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Healthy or Hype-y? Benefits of CBD, Ashwagandha & Alkaline Water

Healthy or Hype-y? Benefits of CBD, Ashwagandha & Alkaline Water

No matter how much yoga, meditation, hiking, massage or other self-care I do, I still get soreness, aches, pains, sickness and anxiety. There are so many natural health trends and supplements out there, it’s hard to know what’s actually going to help you and what is mostly hype. One of our lovely yoga guides, Rebecca Schultz-Burger, studies holistic remedies as somewhat of a hobby. Keep reading to check out her investigation of a few of today’s top wellness trends here in Western North Carolina.

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I like to refer to myself as a “dabbler” when it comes to trying the latest holistic remedies. After graduating with a certificate in Western medicine, I soon found Eastern was where my heart really belonged. I began taking classes in naturopathy, alternative medicine, and natural health and healing. I obtained my 200 hour yoga alliance certification and I love to scour the library for books on edible herbs and wild plants.

But with so many options on the market today, what really works and what doesn’t? I’ve heard of peppermint oil as an invigorating “pick me up” while lavender oil helps induce calm and sleep. Women carrying rose quartz in their bra and men using Fenugreek to increase fertility. And what works for some, may not work for others….and then there is the research you need to do on dangers and contraindications.

My absolute daily “go-to’s” consist of hot tea, kale smoothies, yoga, and hiking in the fresh outdoor air. I wanted to try a few new things to rotate into my routine so off I went to purchase some edibles... the legal kind.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol (CBD), is one of dozens of non-psychoactive cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. By and large, the acceptance and use of CBD as a therapeutic, healing substance is in its infancy so first and foremost, get yourself to a qualified business that will enable you to get the correct dosage and pharmaceutical grade quality for whatever ailment you're looking to alleviate. I asked Robert, owner of The Hemp Doctor in Mooresville, NC if he could elaborate. He suggested, “use a trusted source that can provide third party verification to ensure the product you’re purchasing has been tested for residual solvents, heavy metals, and mold. And that they have the accurate cannabinoid and terpene profiles.” See why you need an expert like The Hemp Doctor? He can provide all that information for you and assist with finding the variables that will mesh with your weight, metabolism, environment, and diet.

CBD interacts with receptors in our brain that send signals to “wake up” and strengthen the immune system naturally. Pure, high quality CBD is key for this reason and the only way to nourish this system, providing relief to inflammation, nausea, joint/muscle pain, anxiety, digestive issues, insomnia, and the list goes on. Since I do hike daily, I usually take what us hikers refer to as “Vitamin I” (Ibuprofen) and I’m trying to do better to avoid synthetic manufactured “stuff” even if it does work like a dream for me. So I’ve been using just the oral CBD drops in the morning...not sure what the verdict is yet. It’s not the Jimmy Buffett tequila-fueled concert circa 2004 that I had anticipated, but all hope is not lost yet….and I’ll be able to pass any pop-up drug tests an employer might throw my way.

Learn more about and find CBD products locally in Western North Carolina at these locations:

The Hemp Doctor in Mooresville, NC

Violet Owl Wellness in Asheville, NC

Blue Ridge Hemp Company in Asheville, NC

Carolina Hemp Company in Asheville, NC


Next it was off to explore the wonderful root ashwagandha. After a tip from a physician stating that VitaCost was the best website to order from, with a few quick keystrokes, my bottle of capsules arrived literally overnight. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen. It helps the body and mind cope with anxiety, stress, or mood changes that occur from time to time. It also possesses potent antioxidant properties that protect against free radical cellular damage. It improves the body's defense against disease by improving cell-mediated immunity, offers analgesic relief to joint pain, and helps to balance thyroid hormones.

The name literally translates to “strength of the stallion” and has been used in ayurvedic medicine for centuries. In studies, daily doses of 125 mg-5 grams for one to three months was said to lower cortisol (stress levels) by 11%-32%. I’m going on week two right now, and can already tell that I feel a difference. I’m enjoying trying new things like tap dancing, worked 65 hours last week without blowing a gasket, and I’m literally taking the time to “stop and smell the roses”. Who wouldn’t want to appreciate life on a larger scale?

Try Ashwaganda in the SHAK-TEA! house blended tea at Dobra Tea, 2 locations in Asheville, NC

You can also buy Ashwaganda root at The Herbiary in Asheville, NC.

Alkaline Water

Next up was alkaline water, you need something to wash this stuff down with, right? I was able to score an entire case of Essentia water from a friend. Essentia touts that they are “overachieving water” with supercharged ionized alkaline too pure to even be tested by PH strips. Ohhhhhhhhhh! My socks are gonna fly right off my feet! So I opened a bottle and studied up.

First impression: absolutely delicious. You know how water has that taste that you either get or you don’t? Well this I get. It would appear based on the nutrition facts (not sure why you need nutrition facts on water, but I digress) that my palate was tasting the added electrolytes.

Water itself is literally a miracle drink. Our bodies are over 50% water and staying hydrated is essential for every bodily function. Alkaline water is said to slow the aging process, regulate our bodies PH level, and increase energy. While pure water is around a PH of 7, Alkaline or Ionized water is generally between 7-9.5 and the theory is it will make our bodies less acidic. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it’s beneficial….but there isn’t a lot of solid data. And as previously stated, water in general, “does a body good”.

DIY Alkaline Water Recipe:

Combine a half gallon of purified water, one sliced lemon, and 3 tsp of Himalayan pink salt. Add a lid, let it sit overnight, enjoy the next morning. You be the judge!

Find Essentia Alkaline water at local retailers like Earth Fare, Whole Foods Market & French Broad Co-op.

Although my reviews on these items are still in “phase one”, none appear to be any harm or hinderance to me and I’m thoroughly enjoying trying some new regimens.

And we would love to hear from you as well! Have you tried any of these? What was the effect you had? As always, be safe everyone, be sure to consult with your physician on any contraindications first! Namaste!

Find Rebecca on instagram at @natureyogalove

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace the guidance of your licensed healthcare practitioner. Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Information and products are meant for general use only and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or provide medical advice. Any decision to use supplements to support your specific needs should be considered in partnership with your licensed healthcare practitioner. Namaste in Nature doesn’t endorse or profit from sales of any products mentioned in this post.

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