Hello Beautiful

Lauren Silva

Adaptogens. Elixirs. Superfoods.

These three words are staples at DEFINE foods, as we are constantly seeking to provide meals and drinks with elevated health benefits that make you feel beautiful from the inside out.

It was with that goal in mind that our DEFINE foods Bar was created. Now, we’re able to make adaptogen elixirs, superfood lattes, and plant-powered shakes more accessible to you! And of course, it’s very easy to order a charcoal latte with a collagen enhancement, but if you’re like us, you might be wondering exactly what all of these super ingredients really do for you.

What are the specifics of say, Pearl Powder? Is Ashwagandha, or Pine Pollen better for low energy? How can I naturally lower my stress levels? And what exactly makes a food “super?”

These are common questions and we’ve got the answers. But first, we wanted to give you a little introduction to some of our offered enhancements that you may or may not be familiar with.

Enhancers 101

Ashwagandha - This herb is sometimes referred to as "Indian Ginseng." For centuries, it has been regarded for it’s full spectrum of healing properties including a toned immune system, an increase in strength, and a calmer mind + body + spirit. It has also been shown to reduce the effects of mental, emotional, and physical stress.

Cordyceps - This is one of the many “healing mushrooms.” It’s benefits target our “yang” or masculine, energetic side. Regular use of cordyceps may support oxygenation of the body, cognition power, athletic endurance, sexual energy, increased muscle tone, and a healthy immune system.

He shou wu - This herb is the dried portion of a plant known as Fo-Ti. It has been long revered as a superior blood and longevity tonic. The several benefits that come with regular consumption can include: nourished blood, hair, and skin, and a healthy nervous and sexual system. Not to mention, it can help lower cholesterol, improve stamina, promote red blood cells, and enhance immune function and antioxidant activity.

Pearl - This powder is literally crushed pearls and have been used in traditional Chinese medicine to promote healthy skin for centuries. It’s an excellent source of minerals including calcium, zinc, iron, selenium, and amino acids. Pearl has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help to support the body's natural collagen production, promote even and clear skin, strengthen your bones, support the nervous system, and help with healthy sleep cycles.

Pine pollen - Pine Pollen is reputed to be a potent aphrodisiac that can offer hormonal support. Regular consumption may support a healthy metabolism, an improved immune response, increased circulation, and enhance your whole-body function. It has been show to support hormonal balance in men and women, enhance your metabolism, increase your libido, and supports and detoxifies the liver.

Collagen - Collagen is the vital building block of our bodies. Healthy skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints all rely on collagen. Our bodies cannot produce enough collagen on their own, so enjoying a regular collagen boost can result in glowing skin, a more youthful appearance, improved joint health, increased tendon & bone strength, healthy cartilage, increased athletic performance, improved digestion, gut health, and deeper sleep.

If you’re like us, you’re ready to start experimenting! Use this list as a starting point, and gather your questions and come learn even more with Natural Foods Chef Erin Stewart for a Beauty Bar Workshop.

August 24th, at the DEFINE foods Bar, we will be hosting a conversation and demonstration on all things adaptogen elixirs, superfood lattes and plant-powered shakes. You’ll learn about the beautifying ingredient trends from collagen (hello beautiful skin!) to He Shou Wu (antioxidants, yes please!), their benefits and how to incorporate them into your daily routine.

Not only that, but you’ll learn easy recipes for natural energy, glowing skin and balancing hormones that you can make right at home. A morning in my pj’s, enjoying a beautifying smoothie bowl? Sign me up.

Understanding the ins-and-outs of adaptogens, elixirs, and superfoods will help you get the most out of your experience with different enhancements. So be sure to mark your calendars for this deliciously rewarding opportunity to learn, taste, and start enjoying the many benefits of these natural health wonders.

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