The health benefits of the ingredients in Hydro OG
Rhodiola rosea is a flowering herb found in mountainous regions of Europe and Asia; It is commonly known by a multitude of different names such as: Rose Root, Kings Crown, Golden Root, Arctic Root and many others however these are the most common alternative names associated with Rhodiola Rosea. Rhodiola is known as an adaptogen in herbal medicine, an Adaptogen describes a natural substance that helps the body and mind adapt to stress.
Some of the earliest uses of Rhodiola are documented as a traditional folk medicine and it was used to treat: High altitude sickness, Anemia, General infections and nervous system disorders. It was also used to increase work productivity, Longevity and Physical endurance. In more recent times, studies have found that Rhodiola is a superfood that can treat aspects Mental health issues such as Anxiety and Depression due to its adaptogen qualities, and its ability to stimulate mood-based hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain such as: Serotonin, Norephedrine and Dopamine.
One common ground between Rhodiola's Traditional uses and how we use the root today is its uses in treating physical deficiency-based conditions such as: Exhaustion, Decreased Motivation, Daytime fatigue and Decreased libido. Rhodiola’s adaptogen qualities also show us that it can be incredibly useful in treating cases of Cognitive Deficiency, such as susceptibility to stress, forgetfulness, Concentration deficiency and susceptibility to irritation and stress.
Rhodiola’s ability to tackle these cognitive dysfunctions make Rhodiola a very useful adjunctive treatment for neurodivergent disorders such as ADHD due to its ability to activate cognition Improve accuracy and decrease susceptibility to irritation and stress.
Acai Berries (pronounced: A-Sigh-EE) are small berries native to acai palm trees in central and south America. They are known to be packed with Antioxidants, which are substances that protect against Free radicals (oxygen containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons, that can damage internal cells causing illness and ageing). The antioxidant count, measured in ORAC, Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, (per 100g) of Acai berries sits at around 15,405 ORAC whereas other anti-oxidant rich fruits such as Blueberries (per 100g) sits at 4669 ORAC and Cranberries (per 100g) is 9584 ORAC- Meaning that Acai berries are one of the highest antioxidant rich foods that we find commonly today.
Some of the earliest documented uses of Acai Berries are found in research of Amazonian rain forest tribes, who used the berries medicinal properties to Build immune system strength, fight infection and promote heart strength- Brazilians also used this berry to fight Schistosomiasis, which is a disease transmitted by exotic snails, carried by a parasitic worm. Today the use of Acai berries in both culinary and medical environments is varied; today we recognise acai berries as a superfood which is defined by “A nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.” Acai berries have been known to be beneficial to a variety of health concerns such as: Artheritis, Erectile Dysfunction and High Cholesterol. Acai is also known for its maintenance value, knowing to maintain and improve personal health goals such as weight loss and skin quality and appearance.
An electrolyte is defined as a substance that conducts electricity when dissolved in water. They are found in the essential minerals needed for your body to function such as: Sodium, Potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, phosphate and bicarbonate. Electrolytes are essential in our diets as most bodily functions (Nerve and muscle function, maintaining an acidic based balance, staying hydrated and general heart health regulation) need a small electrical current to work. Without electrolytes we encounter serious issues such as blood clotting, muscle contractions, seizures and low blood pressure.
Sodium helps maintain fluid balance in the body through osmosis, plays a key role in muscle and nerve functionality and helps to control blood volume. Sodium is regulated through renal, hormonal and neurological factors that absorb and redistribute sodium appropriately based on what functions require it. Sodium is found most often outside the cell in plasma (the colourless fluid, non-cell part of the blood) We obtain sodium primarily through food and drink and excrete mainly through sweat and urine.
Potassium is an essential mineral and the third most abundant mineral in the human body; present in most foods and can be supplemented for deficiencies, if your consumption of potassium is under 4700 mg daily, you may be deficient. Potassium promotes regular heart rate by reducing the negative impacts of sodium, it is also known to prevent cramps, reduce risk of stroke and helps to support healthy growth and development. Potassium is used to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body which is critical for oxygen delivery to all cells.
Studies have suggested that potassium can improve bone mineral density, however this has not been clinically proven.
Along with sodium, chloride is the second electrolyte along with sodium responsible for fluid movement around the body. Chloride is tied to the acid base, helping regulate the bodies overall Ph level. It also helps with delivering oxygen to cells (osmosis). The stomach and kidneys work together to increase chloride absorption from food and drink when levels of serum chloride (chloride found in metabolic reactions) are low.
Calcium has several functions in the body, it is an essential mineral found specifically in bones and teeth It is also found in the earth's crust- by consuming a healthy amount of calcium it is possible for our bodies to achieve better lines of intercellular communication, improving the efficiency of muscle contraction, Hormone secretion and blood clotting. Calcium is known to control appetite and potentially even facilitate weight loss- It is also known to increase feelings of satisfaction once consumed during a calorie deficit.
Magnesium is an essential mineral in all living objects- Magnesium is essential for RNA (Ribonucleic acid) reactions, which is the enzyme that catalyzes some of the most essential chemical reactions in the body, such as Relaxing the heart muscles to maintain a regular heartbeat which prevents sudden changes in blood pressure, it works together with calcium and vitamin D to help keep strong bones and prevent deficiency related illnesses such as osteoporosis. Magnesium supplements are often prescribed for treating asthma, Migraines, diabetes, skeletal muscle spasms, dry skin, and epilepsy. Ther daily recommended amount of magnesium for adults is 310-410mg depending on factors such as age and sex
Phosphate (or phosphorus) is the second most abundant mineral in the human body, it is stored in the bones, teeth and the remainder can be found in other cells in the body. Intercellular phosphorus exists as nucleic acid and is the body's way of creating biochemical energy (naturally occurring energy in the body) which makes and breaks the chemical bonds in molecular forms of biological organisms. This means that phosphorus is partially responsible (along with glucose) for the generation and distribution of biochemical energy which is used to drive cellular processes that require energy such as Biosynthesis, locomotion and transportation of molecules across cell membranes.
Bicarbonate is a molecule that helps promote healthy osmosis and helps maintain the Ph level in the body due to its alkaline properties This allows the body to carry out regulative functions efficiently. It also works along with sodium, potassium and chloride to ensure the regulation of electrolytes in the body is stable. Bicarbonate is found in many foods and drinks but namely mineral water- especially mineral water from limestone rich areas have a high bicarbonate content, which allows the water to taste clean and refreshing.