Life is becoming increasingly stressful. Busy family and work routines, our digitally connected environment and a constant stream of news broadcasts directly and indirectly contribute to mental and emotional strain.
Stress impacts our immune system and can present in a wide variety of ways, such as headaches, skin conditions, chronic pain, recurrent sickness, decreased energy, sleep disturbances or insomnia, lower libido, digestive complaints, changes in appetite, depression and cardiovascular concerns.
Adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms known for their ability to help the body better handle physical and emotion stress. They can help your mind and body process every-day stressors. Research shows that adaptogens can help combat fatigue, enhance mental performance and ease depression and anxiety.
Markeeta Hines from Namaste Nourishment enhances her raspberry fudge pops with Superfeast’s “I Am Gaia” because it is a blend of herbs and plant medicines, like Schizandra and goji berry, that can nourish women’s health, boost endurance, improve mental performance, symptoms of depression, anxiety and sleep imbalances.
Similarly, Cacao (a plant medicine that has been around for thousands of years and known as the gift of the Gods) is an adaptogen that can increase the body’s capacity to resist stress (yes – there is a reason we reach for chocolate in times of stress!).
Most chocolate on the market is produced with the use of heat and is highly processed. However, the Namaste cakes, slices and fudge pops use Cacao that is raw and minimally processed. Consumed in this way, Cacao can act as an aphrodisiac, sedative, mood elevator, reduce inflammation and have a positive effect on the adrenals (our glands that produce hormones and regulate metabolism, immune system, blood pressure and stress response). Raw cacao is also high in iron, magnesium, and antioxidants and is low in sugar.
Our menu of treats from Namaste Nourishment is constantly changing, but if you are looking for a nourishing treat this Easter check our slice fridge for goodies such as Cherry Ripe Cheesecake, Snickers Cheesecake, Mint or Rose Truffles, Raspberry or Caramel Fudge Pops.
We are more than happy to box up a collection of these wholesome treats (that are raw, vegan and gluten free*) to create a guilt-free Easter platter.
Markeeta also facilitates Cacao Ceremonies. Cacao Ceremonies are considered a type of shamanic healing that activates the heart chakra. They can help to rebalance the energies in the body to regain health and to guide you on an inner journey to the emotional centre of your body – the heart. You can contact Markeeta at Namaste Nourishment via her Instagram.
(*some products may contain oats).