There are productivity tips and tricks all over social media nowadays - drink more water, get 8+ hours of sleep, write a schedule, remove distractions, play upbeat music - but have you ever considered the power of nutrition?
Thankfully, SHOJO has!
SHOJO tonics are super powered by ingredients that boost the body AND brain so that you can make the day yours.
Let's put the spotlight on the two hero ingredients in the productivity-packed Red Ginseng Tonic…
Do not let their size fool you, these tiny, red berries are bursting with benefits!
Goji berries, also known as wolfberries or 枸杞, are native to China and Mongolia where they have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in everything from soups, to tea, to wine. The miniscule berries alone contain an amazing 8 out of 9 of the essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce, hence making them "essential" to consume through food or supplements. (Wenli et al, 2021)
However, the benefits don't just stop at essential amino acids. The goji berry also contains a potent mix of antioxidants - in particular Zeaxanthin which is proven to aid eye health and protect against sun damage - and vitamins including 2x your recommended daily intake (RDI) of Vitamin A, and 1/3 of your daily Vitamin C. (Wenli et al, 2021) This all means that, when consumed, the dynamic mix of nutrients within the goji berry forms a barrier against ageing, fatigue and illness.
Including these berries in your diet will make everyday a breeze. By fortifying the body and brain with this ideal combination of EAAs, antioxidants and micronutrients, you can guarantee that you will feel rejuvenated, motivated and ready to tackle whatever lies ahead.
This revolutionary root has got it all and could be the answer to that midday productivity slump!Ginseng comes in various forms, but each sub-type belongs to the family Panax, which means "all healing" in Greek, and how apt that is, because the ginseng truly is a heal-all wonder. Historically, ginseng has been used in TCM for thousands of years, going by the name "Jen Sheng" or 人參 meaning "man herb" likely due to the powerful and energised feeling it's adaptogenic abilities give the body. The Korean, American and Chinese types are now widely sought after and used for their natural anti-inflammatory, antiaging, anticancer, antidepressant, cognition-strengthening and stress-lessening properties. (Rokot et al., 2016)
The effects ginseng produces have been most thoroughly studied through our central nervous system (CNS) where some of the most debilitating CNS diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, depression, and cerebral ischemia, as well as many varying types of neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions, have all been positively mediated by this simple root. (Kim et al., 2013) The active ginsenonside compound that makes up the ginseng root is responsible for these memory- and learning-improving abilities, making this ingredient optimal for boosting your productivity.
Taste and flavour are important when it comes to humans accepting food and drinks.
It is believed that some of your taste preferences are innate from the moment you are born. Sweet taste is categorised as the first taste preference for infants, and this is proposed as a ‘product of survival’, with most poisonous substances having a bitter taste and therefore rejected in favour of the sweetness of breastmilk and fruits.
Have you ‘languished’ in the greyness of winter and the ‘blah’ (apathy) of Covid lockdowns?
You are not alone, and there is a real reason for it.
With the shorter winter days, the ‘pea-sized’ pineal gland in the brain increases the release of melatonin so you can often feel tired and unmotivated.
But as we pass the Equinox (the true start of Spring) 22nd September 2021, our eyes start to register more daylight, and this triggers the pineal gland to reduce the release of melatonin and this allows you to feel a lift in your energy levels and your mood.