The Encyclopedia of Self-Care

The Encyclopedia of Self-Care

Welcome to our ever-expanding encyclopedia of wellness terms. How are they similar? How are they different? What might you add to your own routine? We’re here to keep you up-to-date and in-the-know. (Don’t worry: no pop quizzes.)

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Adaptogen

(adapt-oh-Jen) noun:

A plant-based ingredient used for centuries in herbal medicine to bolster the adrenal system. It’s right there in the name: they help your body adapt to your environment, situation, and internal and external stressors. Think of them as a little boost of resilience, perhaps providing more calm and mental space to stay focused, energetic, and bring the body back into balance. Used to combat anxiety, boost the immune system, and as an anti-inflammatory—we particularly like them for combating stress and fatigue. Put down that extra cup of coffee, and try an adaptogen smoothie with Moon Juice Dusts.

Words you may or may not have heard of that fall into this category: ginseng, maca, chaga, and ashwaganda (stop into the studio and we’ll teach you how to say it.)

Collagen

(call-a-Jen) noun:

Perhaps best known as a buzzword for luscious hair and youthful skin, collagen goes way beyond skin-deep; it’s actually the most abundant protein in your body, found in your muscles, skin, blood, bones, cartilage, and ligaments. Derived from the Greek word for glue, it’s the protein that keeps it all together. Collagen forms many of your tissues and organs, promotes skin elasticity and gut health, holds bones and muscles in place, protects your organs, and provides structure to joints and tendons. But as we age, the body produces less and less of this wunderglue. Fear not, and try: HUM Collagen Love.

Moringa

(more-eenga) noun:

Not all superfoods wear capes. Nutrient-packed, free-radical-fighting moringa is said to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and have tissue-protecting properties. Just how nutrient-packed? Moringa contains plant protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C, iron, riboflavin, vitamin A, and magnesium. It may also benefit the cardiovascular system, brain health, liver, and have a lowering effect on cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It comes from the Moringa Tree, native to Africa and Asia, and has an herbal, earthy, matcha taste profile. Add some into your tea with Sunpotion Moringa Miracle Leaf.

Nootropics

(no-eh-trohpicks) noun:

But actually yes, yes-eh-trohpicks. See what we did there? Nootrpics are said to increase mental alertness and capacity (they’ve already upped our pun game!), and may help with memory, attention, reasoning, creativity, motivation, and general cognitive function. Do you turn to caffeinated beverages when you’re feeling brain fog or groggy? Look at you: you already understand the benefit of nootropics. Here are some products to help you take an even more mindful approach (more puns!) to enhance your mental strength: Beekeeper's Naturals BLXR Brain Fuel.