I met my best girlfriend when I was about ten years old. Her shiny blonde hair and willowy body had me enchanted upon meeting her. Her mother was the adult version of her: bright blonde hair, eager blue eyes and a buzzing energy that left this quiet introvert intensely curious. My best friend has four younger brothers, all equally blonde and equally vibrant. I spent as much time as I could at her house—when it wasn’t a school night—and we would fantasize about our futures while safely nestled under a hot pink comforter.
Growing up on Wheatgrass
Her family was way ahead of the health trend and was eating raw vegan food well before it was the cool thing to do. Her mom used to juice wheatgrass every morning and make each child take a shot of the green elixir. I remember one day, as per the usual wheatgrass ritual, we were about 45 minutes late to our destination because my friend could not stomach another wheatgrass shot. She sat on the kitchen counter and gagged as she held the green juice to her lips. She mixed it with water, held her nose, closed her eyes and jumped up and down. Nothing could convince her body to swallow it.
As tears streamed down her cheeks, and I watched in curious horror, her mom finally gave up and agreed that she wouldn’t have to drink the wheatgrass that day.
Her mom managed to make eating healthy look fun (most of the time), raise kind children and cart all five of them to all the soccer games, dance competitions and social events. In a way, other than my own incredible mother of course, my best friend’s mother was the definition of the ultimate busy mom.
Moringa for Busy Moms
My best friend is now a mother to three beautiful (and alarmingly blonde) young children with about just as much passion toward living a healthy life. The difference between her and her own mother, though, is that she cannot be bothered to juice wheatgrass each morning and force each child to make good eating decisions every bite of the day. She is a modern day busy mom with just as much desire for a healthy family as for her sanity.
So this post is for her. She is one of the first loves of my life and the way that I view her—as deserving, inspiring and committed—is about the same way that I view all moms, to be honest. Because even when I look at any other mom I still see her in my eyes. So this post is for her, but also for you because I have no doubt that being a mother is so challenging for so many reasons yet there you are, doing it incredibly well.
So let’s take the added burden of being The Best Mom and find the best shortcut to being Super Mom that exists in 2017. In order to be a mom, good or bad, there are a few things that are required: good health, energy, patience and a sharp brain. Luckily for all of us moringa can help with all of that!
Moringa boosts the immune system
Moms do not have time to be sick, plain and simple. When the kids are sick you need to be there to help them back to recovery. If you get sick you still need to be there for your kids, every step of the way.
Moringa is nutrient dense, meaning that one little tablespoon of moringa powder is packed with heaps of vitamins and minerals. The most notable are vitamins A, C and E, along with minerals calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron and potassium. This profile will help keep your immune system sharp all throughout the year. Coincidentally, these same vitamins and minerals work to combat free radicals so that even if you’re rocking motherhood sniffle-free you are still able to combat day-to-day damages, as well.
It keeps things moving
Constipation or diarrhea doesn’t seem like the first thing to come to mind when thinking about ways to make mom’s life easier, right? But let me ask you something: how many of you have time to take an indulgent 10-minute bathroom trip just to poo? None of you, I bet, have been alone in a bathroom for more than 10 minutes in years. Besides the fact that 10 minutes is a long time to eliminate (in which case moringa would also be a solution) you just don’t have time for that, anymore. In this way, moringa can help make your bathroom trips speedy, efficient and easy.
Moringa is a great source of natural fiber and magnesium, both of which work to eliminate waste. Moringa is also a natural coagulant, which means that it absorbs water. This combined with the fiber and magnesium helps absorb water in your digestive tract and relax the muscles so that it can move along your intestines with little effort, dragging along all that built up gunk along the way. What does this look like? A healthy, easy bowel movement.
It fights exhaustion
Moms don’t have time to be exhausted, though this doesn’t change the fact that many moms simply are. Imagine, then, what it might be like to have enough energy to deal with the temper tantrums, bath time, the cutest little questions and all the school drop offs.
Moringa is full of vitamins and minerals, like I already mentioned, so that your body isn’t actually deficient in any one thing. Pretty cool, isn’t it? Not only that but it also actively helps combat fatigue in a stressful situation.
One study found that the subjects were able to improve energy stores more quickly while on moringa. They also showed less lactic acid build up in the muscles and reduced oxidative stress compared to their counterparts that hadn’t taken moringa. This means that they recovered more quickly and were able to more easily perform the stress tests that followed. In this instance, the stress test could be something as mundane as getting out of the house on time each morning.
It is a natural mood booster
Yes, it’s true! Moringa signals the brain to release more “feel good” neurotransmitters, such as serotonin. The antioxidants also help combat the lows of natural wear-and-tear so that your moods are more resilient to stressful events. One scoop of moringa a day and you could be setting yourself up for a happier routine each day because, remember that cheesy say, “happy wife, happy life.” Married or not we all know what that means: when the woman of the house is happy then things just go a whole lot smoother, don’t they?
It is a natural anti-inflammatory
Moringa fights inflammation throughout the body with its high antioxidant content. This is good for aches and pains, yes, but is even more useful when combating stress, the sniffles, and chronic disease. Your body relies on the fight-or-flight response in order to deal with everyday stressors. While this response system was super helpful centuries ago when true stress was actually life and death it has sort of exhausted its usefulness in this 21st century. Now, instead of helping us survive stress we find our bodies falling ill to it.
Inflammation is the key in this vicious cycle. When our bodies perceive stress (meant to be life-or-death but in reality is actually things like traffic and an inquisitive toddler) they respond with a flood of inflammatory responses to boost our fight-or-flight response. If we don’t properly use this added energy then the inflammation settles in as aches, pains, sickness, sluggishness and pure exhaustion. So, what is the moral of the story? Support your body from the inside with this green anti-inflammatory.
It helps you heal faster
This green plant in antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral. In this way it can help protect against infections while also fighting off inflammation, allowing your body to heal wounds more quickly. The coagulant nature of the plant also helps the blood clot more efficiently in minor cuts and scrapes. It’s like a mother’s dream for those inevitable scratches and scrapes that come with chasing a toddler around the house.
This plant is changing the lives of people all over the world, so why shouldn’t it change the lives of mothers? It has a lot of beneficial factors that can obviously make your life easier as a mother, so why not add a scoop to your daily diet? You know what is especially cool about this plant? You can add a scoop to your kids’ food, too, and they will reap all the same benefits! If you don’t have time to be sick imagine how much time you could have if your kids were never sick, either … go ahead and give moringa a try. Let us know how you like it!