Vancouver living is outdoor living.
Ice-capped mountains and spectacular hiking trails keep Vancouverites immersed in nature, all year round. Our unpredictable and temperamental weather has never deterred us from outdoor adventures. I will always remember the day I woke up to baby blue skies and the golden sun, which turned into a stormy mess of hail hitting the ground, which then transformed into a cold, slushy rain. Yet, the day ended with beautiful clear skies. Despite this rollercoaster of weather, I still spent most of my day walking about the city, visiting Stanley Park, and dipping my toes in the ocean at Second Beach.
Because many of us spend much of our time outdoors, we are especially susceptible to air and noise pollutants. The dark clouds of car exhaust and the obnoxious grinding noises of never-ending construction immediately jump to mind. Furthermore, although part of Vancouver’s charm is that we can go skiing in the morning, and lounge on the beach in the afternoon, it can feel as though we are constantly undergoing seasonal changes.
With the Vancouver forecast in a constant battle with itself, it can be overwhelming and in turn, impact our health. The physical, chemical, and mental stress of active outdoor lifestyles, excessive temperature fluctuations, and weather changes, is a lot to handle. These stressors can take a toll on our body, mood, and behaviour.
We need extra protection.
After doing some research and meeting with Su-Mari Hill, co-founder of iLOLA and the most innovative tea sommelier I have had the pleasure of meeting, we discussed the health benefits of nature’s natural protectors, Holy Basil, Astragalus Root, and Green Tea.
Here are the most empowering health benefits of Holy Basil, Astragalus Root, and Green Tea:
1. Holy Basil (or Tulsi) is well known for its ability to help your mind and body adapt to physical, chemical, and metal stress.
- Holds anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties.
- May help protect you against infections.
- Helps relieve physical stress from prolonged physical exertion.
- Prized for its ability to lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
- Protector against chemical stress and known to defend your organs and tissues against industrial pollutants and heavy metals.
- Known to aid with ischemia.
- Helps your body react and adapt to physical restraint, exposure to cold temperatures, and excessive noise.
- Known to counter metabolic stress by normalizing blood glucose, blood pressure, and lipid levels.
- Helps to ease joint pain.
2. Astragalus Root is known for its protective nature and ability to restore natural defenses. Often referred to as "the protector", Astragalus Root promotes superior immunity for the body.
- Prized for boosting and protecting your immune system.
- Helps to improve your kidney function.
- Known to help alleviate nausea and vomiting.
- May help strengthen your cardiovascular system.
- Holds properties that help you recover from illness, surgery, and exhaustion.
3. Green Tea is a caffeinated tea known for its sweet vegetal aroma and abundance of health benefits. It is recognized for having the highest health compounds in comparison to other teas.
- Prized for boosting overall health and enhancing your immune system.
- A natural stimulant that helps improve brain function.
- Known to help with healthy gums.
- Historically used to strengthen your cardiovascular health.
- May help with lowering your cholesterol.
As we continue to navigate a world with unpredictable environmental changes, try adding these powerful herbs and tea to your everyday routine for a stronger you. A few of my favourites are a part of the Functional Tea by iLOLA Collection, the Green Tea by iLOLA Collection, and the iLOLA Wellness Shots Collection.
As someone who loves the smell of the fresh, crisp morning air, winter trees, spring flowers, and the earthy scent of damp leaves after a rainfall, I will be adding these natural protectors to my daily rituals.
https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/basil-benefits#body-benefits https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/astragalus#what-it-is https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea#The-bottom-line