Friday 20th April 2018
Dr Bryant Esquejo

We've partnered with Los Angeles based Naturopathic Doc, Dr Bryant Esquejo to share with you some serious adaptogen knowledge and high vibe recipes. His first one? A Matcha-Rose CBD Chia Pudding, the ultimate way to celebrate 420 this year. Enjoy! Love Team Glow Bar xx

The name might say it all matcha, rose, and CBD, but there's more than that...

Start off your morning with this delicious and floral chia pudding that is meant to provide 1) Brain Power; 2) Adaptogenic Energy; and 3) Skin Nourishment. Scroll on down to learn what else is in this superfood chia pudding... Because, knowing me, there's always more to a recipe.


Lion's Mane

Some of you may of heard of Lion's Mane, and some of you haven't. Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a medicinal mushroom that has been shown to support neuronal health. A scientific review on Lion's Mane explained that this medicinal mushroom can protect and help regenerate neurons. One study concluded that 2 compounds from Lion's Mane, hericenones and erinacines, can stimulate the production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), which is essential for maintaining healthy brain function. In this study, researchers saw the growth of neurons in vitro when exposed to Lion's Mane extract.


If you have ready my CBD Hot Chocolate post, you already know the brain-supporting capabilities of CBD. For those of you who haven't checked it out, first, why not? and second, here's a quick recap:

  • CBD can be hemp-sourced or marijuana-sourced. Both are different species of plants, and hemp has been grown to yield more CBD than THC while marijuana has been grown to yield more THC than CBD. What's THC? THC is the "psychoactive" component of marijuana that gives people that high feeling.
  • Studies have shown that CBD can help protect the brain after a thrombotic stroke in animal models by reducing the area of brain damage
  • Studies have shown that CBD can help reduce the severity of anxiety in animal and human models


First thing's first, we've got to talk about stress. Stress can be either physical (hunger, thirst, extreme cold, extreme heat, physical pain, exercise), or menal/emotional (anxiety, anger, sadness). And, when any of these stressors come about, it activates your brain, which then sends out a fast nerve impulse (causing the fight-or-flight) and a slow and lasting hormonal impulse (activating the adrenal to send out cortisols).

When people are able to cope with stress, the fast nerve impulse occurs and the slower hormonal impulse is short. But, when people are unable to cope with stress or have chronic stress, their nerve impulse happens, but the hormonal impulse is much longer than the latter. If this sort of impulse happens too long, then it really taxes the body and depletes it of resources to make hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone); prevents healthy immune function; and can cause chronic fatigue. And, that's where adaptogens come into play. Adaptogens are herbs that help you when you're stressed and give you energy when you've been chronically stressed. So, let's talk about the adaptogens in this chia pudding.


Studies investigating Ashwagandha show it has the potential to dampen the nerve impulses caused by stress. One study in particular showed that when invidious were taking Ashwagandha and were subjected to physical stress, sympathetic response to the stressor did not increase. Other studies show that Ashwagandha could have the potential to help with mental-mood symptoms, such as anxiety.


These two are medicinal mushrooms, like Lion's Mane. However, studies indicate that the combination of Cordyceps and Reishi can have adaptogenic effects when people are under physical stress. In a study done by Rossi et al, the researchers found that supplementation with Cordyceps and Reishi improved cortisol levels in athletes training for a cycling event. They also found that the combination of Cordyceps and Reishi improved antioxidant reactions in athletes after the race they were training for.


Schisandra chinensis is an herb traditionally used in Chinese medicine. Various research indicates that this berry can invoke "anti-stress" effects in animal models. One study combined both Schisandra and Rhodiola (another great adaptogen) in animal models and found that hormonal stress markers were significantly reduced in those taking the adaptogens compared to those animals who were not. Another study that solely looked at the effect of Schisandra on stress in animal models also found a significant reduction in stress hormones and also a significant reduction in inflammatory proteins.


Mucuna is an Ayurvedic herb that could potentially help improve energy through L-DOPA. Studies indicate that this herb is a natural source of L-DOPA, which is a precursor to dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in focus and reward. Studies that indicate the presence of a dopamine action show slight improvements in those with dopamine deficiencies (such as Parkinson's Disease). In a study comparing Mucuna to conventional Parkinson's treatment, researchers found that Mucuna was non-inferior to conventional treatment and those supplementing with Mucuna had less depressive symptoms and milder motor symptoms



Flax milk is high in essential fatty acids that help support skin health and healthy skin hydration. A single serving of flax milk can help cover the recommended amount of omega-3's to help reduce inflammation in the body (and the skin), which can overtime help reduce any potential damage to the body from pro-oxidants, such as UV rays, pollutants, et cetera.


If you have been following me, I'm sure that by now that you know that I love collagen. Why? Collagen helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles when taken at the right dosages and with the right cofactors. Once the collagen is in the skin, it basically acts a sponge. So, you have to drink water! Drink half your body weight in ounces of water so that the combination of water + collagen can help plump up the skin.


Pearl powder naturally contains calcium and other trace minerals to help support skin health. Studies show that calcium is involved in healthy skin cell division while trace minerals help support antioxidant reactions at the upper and deeper layers of the skin. Why care about antioxidants in the skin? Antioxidants basically help reduce potential collagen damage, which can lead to signs of ageing.


One 16-ounce serving of pudding


6 tablespoons chia seeds

1 cup flax milk

1 cup water

1 teaspoon matcha powder

4 dropper fulls Sakara beauty water concentrate (contains trace minerals and silica)

10g collagen peptides

1/2 teaspoon Glow Bar Ashwagandha powder

1/2 teaspoon Glow Bar Cordyceps powder

1 teaspoon Lion's mane powder

1/2 teaspoon The Daily Hit CBD Oil (contains Red Reishi, Schisandra berry, Mucuna pruriens, and Pearl)

Preferred sweetener


  • In a blender, add in all of the ingredients, except for the chia seeds. Blend until smooth.
  • Add in chia seeds into the mixture and gently blend - make sure not to grind up the chia seeds
  • Pour into a mason jar/container/bowl and let it stand for 15-20 minutes. Occasionally stir so that the chia seeds don't clump together.
  • Serve. Gram. Eat. Repeat.

- Dr. B


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DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or the MHRA. There are no financial ties to any supplement companies, pharmaceutical companies, or to any of the products mentioned in this post. This post is not meant to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose conditions or diseases and is meant for educational purposes. As always, please consult your doctor before trying any new treatments or supplements.

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