Ancient Antidotes For Modern Problems: Hangover, Insomnia, Bloating And Weak Immunity
We live in a world where everything is getting better, faster and louder, except that our health isn’t really keeping up.
Alcohol, coffee, stimulants, fast foods are part of many people’s lifestyles, but they come at an expensive price of poor health. Chances are, you currently experience or have experienced at least one of these health problems:
- Painful hangover and alcohol poisoning
- Stress and insomnia
- Leaky gut and bloating
- Weak immunity and low energy
Apart from trying our best to drink less, eat cleaner and sleep earlier, what else can we do to take care of health in the modern world?
Although we don’t have a magic pill from the future, we do have ancient antidotes from the past. These are Mother Nature’s gifts to nourish our body, mind and soul.
Bouncing Back From A Hangover
Most adults have woken up with a pounding headache or aching body before. You probably know from these hangover symptoms that alcohol is a poison.
Alcohol dehydrates you by preventing kidneys from reabsorbing water, which leads to electrolyte imbalances and in some severe cases, cardiac arrest (death). Alcohol poisoning also causes damage to the liver, brain, gut and other organs.
We understand that you may have to drink alcohol at times due to work or social obligations. Coming from an Asian background, we know that alcohol is inevitable in some cultures’ business dealings. But luckily, nature has provided us with some powerful antidotes:
- Ginseng root is commonly used to treat acute and chronic liver toxicity.
- Atractylodes improves vitality in people with chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, diarrhea and vomiting.
- Ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory and protective over various organs including heart, liver and kidney.
- Poria, cardamom, citrus peel are known for their antioxidant properties, protecting your cells from oxidative stress.
- B vitamins restore the production of cellular energy and neurochemicals used in the brain.
And of course, don’t forget about the essence of life - water! The rule of thumb is that a hangover cure that actually works should be replenishing vital nutrients while helping with detoxification.
Wind Down And Chill
As we grow older and get exposed to stimulants, stress, pain and negative emotions, sleep becomes a luxury that doesn’t happen easily. It is estimated that 30% of the general population have trouble sleeping. Over the age of 60, insomnia affects almost one in every two people!
Although some sleeping pills work to knock you off, they don’t truly make you rested and may even make you wake up drowsy. A natural sleeping pill shouldn’t force you to fall asleep, but rather help you de-stress, wind down, and chill. A relaxed body and mind will then lead to sleep naturally.
When we are awake with a hyped up brain, countless neural signals are made every second with the release of excitatory neurotransmitters. But when it’s sleep time, inhibitory neurotransmitters such as GABA should put a brake on these signals and lower your brain activity. GABA is produced naturally in the body and facilitates sleep while reducing mental stress. But unlike melatonin, GABA’s calming effect isn’t nearly as known.
Jujube is a fruit that is packed with vitamins, minerals and health-promoting antioxidants. It works as a sedative that triggers the release of GABA and serotonin, the so-called “wellness chemical”. A recent study also showed that jujube could protect brain cells against toxic stress and promote learning and memory.
Poria is a sedative mushroom commonly used in treating chronic insomnia in traditional Chinese medicine. It is considered a natural sleeping aid by reducing tension and anxiety.
Body Armor For An Immune Boost
With the advent of fast food, artificial additives and agricultural toxins, we also have a new spectrum of diseases that involve weakened immunity and gut health. The gut lining provides a first line of defense populated by native microorganisms that guard you against infections. But many modern lifestyle factors such as poor diet and stress weaken this barrier in what’s known as the “leaky gut”.
A leaky gut is like a dysfunctional pipe system that acts up whenever things go through it. Instead of absorbing only nutrients in a timely manner, the gut welcomes infectious pathogens, but causes indigestion, bloating, and water retention. How can we fix these problems and put on a body armor that is impenetrable?
Alisma is a natural plant that is commonly used to alleviate water retention. It promotes more frequent urination to rid the body of harmful fluid and bloating. Similarly, polyporus also gets rid of bloating by promoting urination and supporting kidney functions.
Reishi is a historically used mushroom, best known for promoting longevity in the East. More recently, its modes of action are also studied using modern science, which include inhibiting toxic molecules and tuning up immune genes.
Cordyceps is another type of mushroom that could help build a strong immune system. Growing evidence has shown that cordyceps’ potent anti-cancer, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it a versatile therapeutic for many modern diseases.
Get Nature’s Antidotes at Kaer
Great, now you know how we can help the body keep up with a faster and more demanding lifestyle! But where can you find these herbs, mushrooms and plants that are safe and effective?
Kaer is a trustworthy brand backed by more than 100 years of natural healing experience. We started by helping individuals improve their health in a small village back in 1892, and now have the nation's first ever truly eco-friendly GMP certified manufacturing facility.
Our formulas constantly evolve to bring you science-backed health benefits that suit modern day’s needs. This is why we are bringing you Bounce Back, Chill Pill, and Body Armor for the three common modern problems that we discussed.
After centuries of learning from Mother Nature, we truly believe that healing works from within. No matter how much has changed in our modern society, nature’s antidotes are never outdated for your wellness.