This week’s edition of Hood Health 101 gives you tips and tools to build your stamina and endurance.

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Let’s face it life can get really hectic at times providing plenty of opportunities for things to go awry. Sleep deprivation in the form of late nights and early mornings is common place for many of us. The various combinations of sleep deprivation, stress, over exertion, and other potential issues, have the ability to take a toll on your stamina. Stamina according to Webster’s Dictionary is defined as the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort. So whether you’re burning the late night oil working, studying, or other adult activities, having stamina is important. It is something that we all can appreciate when we have it and yearn for when we don’t have it. A person should not tire easily doing physical or mental work for medium to long periods of time. If you find that this is the case for you, then there are some things that you can do to increase your endurance.



Building stamina is not a difficult thing to do, however it does take time and effort. Starting a regular exercise program combining strength and cardio exercises during the same session will assist in building ones stamina. It’s also important to keep in mind that variety is the name of the game! Try not to get caught up in the same exercise routine because that is counterproductive to increasing your endurance.


Ashwaganda root: This plant is known for increasing mental sharpness and physical endurance. It contains chemical compounds that stimulate neurotransmitter passageways in the brain which improve memory, alleviate anxiety, and reduce mental and physical fatigue.

Reishi: Is a mushroom that enhances immunity, vitality, balances stress, inflammation, supports adrenals and increases stamina.

Bee Pollen: Delivers a burst of energy for the nervous system to utilize.

Dandelion: Is a restorative and rejuvenating herb that addresses cycles of fatigue.

Burdock: Is an alkalizing herb which is helpful for circulating stagnation and purifying blood.

Oats: Can increase overall vitality, health and has been used for balancing the nervous system and assisting with low sexual vitality.

Ginseng: Is a restorative herb that is good for exhaustion, clarity and focus. For many individuals Ginseng proves to be helpful for late nights with long hours spent studying, working, or etc.

Always remember to consult your health care practitioner before starting a new health care regimen or undergoing an herbal regimen. This is always important to point out because you may have other health issues or factors that any of the above could adversely affect. Ultimately, stamina or endurance is something that you are going to want to have. Keep in mind beloveds, having stamina will increase the quality of your life enabling you to live a more fulfilling and active lifestyle. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @NakeashaJ and on Instagram @Melanated_Beauty.