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Tonics: Your first line of defense

3 min read time Sep 17, 2020


With all the edible medicinal plants that exist in our world, it can be very confusing to most  people who are looking for simple answers about the best way to support and nourish our bodies.

This article will help to simplify the overload of information.

In fact, a typical end-result for most people is to shy away from taking any potentially beneficial herb due to marketplace confusion. And this is exactly where this article can help.

I have mentioned this in other articles, and I feel it is important to mention again:

The only thing that heals the human body is the body itself

Therefore, no matter what your “health status”, supporting and nourishing your body can’t be harmful. For this reason alone your first line of defense should be tonic foods and herbs.  

I am sure everyone at one time has read that the 3 biggest killers in this country are:

  1. Cancer

  2. Diabetes and

  3. Heart disease

I believe we are truly missing the big picture. That’s because these “conditions” are manifestations of something much greater.

These are in fact the end result of how our bodies deal with a massive accumulation of stressors that surround us on a daily basis. It would seem to me that by supporting a healthy stress response we can make a greater difference in our overall wellbeing.

Please allow me to be very clear. I am not saying that this is a substitute for taking proper care of yourselves or even a quick fix. This is in fact a supportive add-on to a proper stress management/ nourishment program.

So, what are tonics and what do they do for us exactly?  

A tonic is a food or herb that supports a non-specific response in maintaining balance and adaptability. They are very much capable of supporting the body’s ability to re-establishing our youth and vigor. They have also been traditionally used to produce “life giving effects”. Tonics support the entire body and will therefore have a more general effect with profound overall results.

In simple terms, if something needs to be fixed these foods and herbs support the body’s ability to fix it.  Some might even go as far to say that it has an underlying supportive effect on the immune system which many believe to be the core of keeping the body healthy and strong.    

There are 3 profound reasons I find these herbs and foods to be so amazing.

  1. First, they can be taken indefinitely without any breaks. In fact the longer you take them the more profound the results. So, be prepared to be in this for the long haul.  

  2. Second, like with most whole herbs there are no side effects. The only thing that will exist are effects so therefore, If it happens it is because it was supposed to happen.

  3. Finally, any individual tonic has the ability to support both ends of the spectrum. So, the same herbs can support healthy sleep as well as healthy energy levels with the overall effect of maintaining balance and adaptability.

Here is a short list of some wonderful tonic herbs you should consider when beginning your program with:

You can use one or all of these wonderful tonic herbs to incorporate into your lives as there is no doing this wrong.

As long as you are consistent you will enjoy the amazing transforming effects.  

In great health,


About Michael Stuchiner

Z Natural Foods Master Herbalist

Michael Stuchiner is an experienced Master Herbalist, the Head of Education for Z Natural Foods, a teacher and an accomplished author.  With a 16-year specialization in medicinal herbs, Mike also has a vast knowledge in tonic and adaptogenic herbalism. Mike has enjoyed a 25-year career as an elite-level competitive powerlifter where he learned to heal his ‘mind and body’ as an avid user of herbal remedies.

As an “in-the-trenches” herbalist, Mike has done more than 85 speaking engagements, consulted with clients ranging from young to elderly, worked with athletes in virtually all sports and with clients who have “dis-ease” states of a wide variety. Mike also mentors student Master Herbalists and will continue to teach the next generation to grow a deeper wisdom of the human body through appropriate herbal remedies.


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