Today we are always talking about stress. How bad we have it and how hard we are trying to get rid of it (which… sometimes causes even more stress, no?) Go to the doctor for any issue and their general advice is to limit stress - which is sound advice in theory, but mostly unattainable for those with responsibilities.
What we should be striving for is being better at managing stress and helping our bodies do so in a more balanced and efficient manner through internal and external techniques. Exercise, yoga (check out our chat with Lara about starting a yoga practice here) and meditation help to keep us fit and calm while healthy nutrition, herbs and supplements support us from the inside out.
In particular, adaptogenic herbs help our bodies regulate our stress responses by functioning like an internal thermometer and bringing our system back into balance. Other vitamins and antioxidants like Vitamin C, L-theanine and Melatonin (among many others) support by supplementing or enhancing our natural rhythms.
When choosing short-term or long-term supplementation, considering the form is important as it can influence how the vitamins get absorbed, how you experience the effects and how likely you are to stick with it, which in turn will determine how many benefits you will reap.
So why did we choose lozenges as a way to deliver nurturing ingredients?
1. Direct nutrient delivery for the win. Our lozenges begin absorption through the mouth tissues bypassing first pass metabolism. Aside from being sensory and delicious, this means that nutrients do not have to wait to be digested like they would with pills or gummies and are less likely to get degraded by the stomach acids, which could make them more bioavailable. The slow-melting lozenge continues to release a bit at a time consistently delivering vitamins and herbs allowing your body time to process what it is receiving
2. Unique form for discrete and comfortable consumption. With lozenges, taking nutrients is no longer restricted by time of day or need for water, smoothies or other supplementary additions. They are easy to take on the go, during travel or even discreetly in the middle of a meeting, so you are less likely to forget. A great option for those who have trouble swallowing or struggle with bitterness of tinctures, slow-melting lozenges last, also prevent you from over-consuming.
3. More consistent long-term results. When it comes to supplements, particularly with certain herbs, consistency is key as they take time to build up in your system. Maximum benefits are achieved after multiple weeks of use, so choosing a delivery system that is easy to incorporate in your routine (or even one that you will look forward to) rather than something that requires a completely new addition to a regiment will lead to better results in the long-term.
Disclaimer: The information stated in this article is for educational purposes only. The information stated is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease, condition or other physical or mental ailment of the human body. The desire to make any changes to one's dietary habits or supplementation should be consulted and discussed with a licensed medical professional.