Yes, I have a thing with shakes. They are such a good way of getting in nutrients fast and effectively. I see my shakes as medicine. So, I tried do develop one for every physical issue I have been facing. Number #2 in my series of healthy beverages is the Ashwagandha smoothie. Ashwagandha was my life saver during the last year. I was suffering from sleeping problems, stress, anxiety and extreme exhaustion for more than 10 months. On the worst days, I would just lie in bed. Not because I was lazy, but I felt just so exhausted that I could not do anything more intense than lying or sitting down. Needless to say, I was completely unable to do sports.
Healing from the effects of stress
However, I found out that my lack of energy was due to the severe adrenal fatigue I was suffering from. Which basically means that I had put myself under too much stress for a prolonged period of time. I spent days researching remedies and one of the most powerful ones that I found was Ashwagandha. In order to heal myself, I put together the recipe for this Ashwagandha smoothie and used it every single day, before I would eat anything else. I felt the strengthening effect of this mixture almost immediately. Usually, when I had the smoothie in the morning, I could get through the day without sleeping in the afternoon. After taking Ashwagandha for many months now, I am so much better that I don’t need to drink it every day.
Are you feeling stressed, anxious or tired right now?
If your answer to this question is yes, you should give this shake a try. I have also included a piece of fresh ginger root and a few dried plums in the recipe. The plums sweeten the smoothie and soothe the slightly bitter taste of ashwagandha, they also improve bowel movement. I like to add the ginger, because it gives the smoothie a spicy taste and it has anti inflammatory properties.
How to make the Ashwagandha smoothie
4 dried plums
1 tbsp Ashwagandha powder (get it here)
1 piece of fresh ginger root
To make the smoothie add one cup of water to your blender. Then put in all the ingredients and blend. This is what the final result should look like:
The smoothie reminds me a bit of beer, and it actually has a similar effect: It calms you down, lets you sleep better and soothes your nerves. I can truly say that this has worked wonders for me. So, I hope it will help you too. I feel that we all need to take care of ourselves in this stressful world, overflowing with information.
Remember to honor your body.