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Comprehensive guide on using Shilajit

Pure Shilajit from Magic Tree Superfood

Shilajit: the Himalayan wonder of ayurvedic medicine that enhances your mental processes, increases testosterone levels, supports your immune system, slows down ageing, and boosts your intuition. If you have just purchased your first order of shilajit, and are wondering how to take it, or if you have been using it for a while, but are wondering if there is a more optimal way to reap the benefits of shilajit, we have a break down of the best methods how to use shilajit.

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How to consume shilajit to get the best results


  1. Open up your jar and remove the seal
  2. Pour warm or hot water into a glass
  3. Use a small spoon to measure out approximately half a teaspoon of shilajit (this should be around 300-500 milligrams)
  4. Stir the shilajit into the warm water and stir for at least 20 seconds
  5. Drink up to twice a day

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When is the best time to take Shilajit?

Timing is key when it comes to how to use Shilajit. The best time to take shilajit is generally on an empty stomach, where possible. This is due to the fact that Himalayan shilajit contains trace elements such as nickel, copper, and manganese, that are best absorbed by the digestive system when there isn’t food present to interfere with their processing. 


This is not just scientific, but also is the historic way of taking Himalayan shilajit: the Ayurvedic traditions also dictated that the best time to take shilajit is by consuming it on an empty stomach.


Digestion processes work hard in the morning, so we would advise you to take it early on. Furthermore, since shilajit has a rejuvenating effect, it could potentially make you feel more energised at night, when you are trying to unwind and go to bed. 


Since you are advised to take shilajit up to twice a day, we recommend that you begin taking it in the morning, and if you wish to build up to twice a day, start taking an extra dose before lunch or dinner. You may find that you can still sleep fine after taking a dosage, a lot of it depends on you!


Remember that the purpose of shilajit is to improve your general wellness, so don’t fret if you are unable to take it on an empty stomach. While this is believed to be the best time to take shilajit for optimum results, it is best to take it on a full stomach than to miss a dosage and not take it at all. 


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Can you take shilajit with plant milk?


Warm plant milk is a very highly recommended method of how to consume shilajit. Historically, in ancient Indian medicine (Ayurveda), it is recommended to take something alongside medicine. This is known as Anupana. Typically in India, people would take a dose of shilajit with ghee. In this case, plant milk acts as Anupama, like a vehicle that is used to enhance the absorption and efficacy of a medicine. Therefore, shilajit with plant milk is highly popular!


Since plant-based milks, such as oat milk or almond milk, are full of nutrients, it is believed to support the absorption of the shilajit. If possible, warm it up before. This is because cold drinks can lower your digestive powers: decreasing enzymatic activity, and sometimes constricting the blood flow in the stomach. None of this is anything to worry about, but taking shilajit with warm plant milk provides optimum conditions for your body to reap the full benefits of the herb.


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How long does it take for Himalayan shilajit to work?


Based on feedback from a range of different users, shilajit takes around two days to two weeks to begin to work. Different lifestyles, body compositions, routines and more impact the efficacy of shilajit.


You really only do need a pea-sized dosage of shilajit each day to reap the health benefits. While some may be keen to exceed the recommended dose to gain instant results, it is highly unlikely to work faster. 


Some of the beneficial effects of shilajit are reported to arrive quicker than others. For example, mental clarity and improved energy are immediate benefits reported from shilajit. Improved exercise performance, immune function, or reduced inflammation are all long-term benefits that can take a little longer to begin. 


It is important to maintain faith in shilajit, even if you are not feeling all of the benefits straight away. The measurement of success entirely varies from person to person, and you have to consider shilajit to be a long-term investment in yourself, as opposed to a quick boost of well-being every now and then.


If you are seeking assistance from shilajit for a long-term health condition, such as chronic fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, or low sperm count, you may wish to speak to a healthcare professional, for medical support alongside the shilajit supplements.


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When should you stop taking shilajit?


This is entirely up to you, but there are no negative side effects from shilajit. This means that you can take it for as long as you like. There is also no recommended period of time to use shilajit for. Since everyone’s body composition and lifestyles are so entirely different, the results can vary a lot from person to person.


Some people decide to stop taking shilajit once they have completed their recommended dosage. As an active resin that is packed with beneficial nutrients and minerals, you may find that you have enjoyed the benefits and have used the boost gained from shilajit to improve your quality of life, and can continue now from this position without support.


If you notice adverse effects such as vomiting, diarrhoea, or dizziness, you should stop use immediately. This is often due to underlying health conditions, since each person varies significantly from individual to individual. If you notice any swelling in your face, tongue, or mouth, or difficulty breathing, you may be allergic to shilajit, in which case you should stop using immediately and seek urgent medical attention.


It is also important to emphasise the importance of using raw shilajit of a high mineral pitch. Our shilajit is from the high altitude of the Himalayas, and has been heavily tested by clinical evaluation of purified shilajit, to ensure there are no impurities.


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Who should avoid taking shilajit?


You should avoid taking shilajit if you have an active heart disease or a history of hypotension. This is because a drop in blood pressure could interfere with high blood pressure medications. 


Furthermore, pregnant and breastfeeding persons should not take any form of shilajit. If you have hemochromatosis or any concerns with testosterone, you should also not take shilajit.


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What happens if I take too much shilajit?


It is recommended to take 300-500 milligrams per day. However, there have been no noted ‘overdoses’ or negative interactions with shilajit, but this is largely due to a lack of medical research conducted.


More so, you don’t want to waste your shilajit, especially since the body can only really absorb so many nutrients at once anyway. If you do have any adverse side effects, contact immediate medical assistance. 


Should you take Shilajit and Ashwagandha together?

Since both shilajit and ashwagandha both have huge improvements to your physiological health, their benefits increase when taken together. They both work to:

  • Reduce blood sugar levels
  • Improve your cardiovascular system
  • Reduce chronic inflammation
  • Boost immunity, and protect against ulcers
  • Improve male fertility
  • Improves motility in digestion

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