Totem Ambassador: Jane Frank

We're proud to announce The Totem Ambassador Program!  We're even more excited to welcome Jane Frank to the Totem team as our first Ambassador! Jane Jane is a Los Angels native and a Jiu Jitsu athlete. Jane has resigned from the medical field after 25 years to pursue holistic alternative style of healing for the public. Learn more about Jane in our interview and visit her Instagram to learn more. 

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Pulse Ingredient Spotlight

Pulse is our mood and libido enhancer. Pulse is primarily designed with women in mind, but men and women can both benefit from its powerful formulation.  Pulse tackles your stress and anxiety, helps you feel better about the world and your body, and helps get your engines running. One thing that customers love about Pulse, beyond how it makes them feel, is its delicious, chocolatey and maple syrup taste. We scoped out each ingredient found in Pulse for you below. 

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What Makes Velvet Antler Extract So Powerful?

Velvet antler extract is the signature ingredient in all of our products. It's been used for millenia in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its potent effects on longevity, endurance, stamina, sexual health, stress management,  and overall health and wellbeing. If you're totally new to velvet antler extract, we suggest starting with this blog post that we wrote about it. That post is dedicated to what velvet antler extract is, how our velvet antler extract is humanely harvested, and how we preserve all of the amazing biological components so that you get a powerful adaptogenic tonic with each Totem supplement purchase. 

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How To Tell if You're Sleep Deprived

The CDC estimates that somewhere between 50 - 70 million people have trouble sleeping. American adults are sleeping less than ever. Compared to 20 years ago, we're getting way less sleep. There are many factors that play into this lack of sleep epidemic -- our jobs, our technology, our emotional states, our diet, our stress, the list goes on and on. One thing that is clear is that we've normalized how crummy it feels to not get enough restorative sleep each night, so it's hard to tell when your sleep is becoming chronically problematic. Beyond feeling tired all of the time, which can also be a lack of sleep messing with your hormones, we dug around to find a few more telltale signs that you need more sleep in your life. 

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5 Signs You Might Be Low on Testosterone

Testosterone is best known as the male sex hormone, but what a lot of folks don't realize is that testosterone is critical to women's health and well-being as well. Some researchers argue that we're currently living in a world where the population is experiencing its lowest levels of testosterone in history. There are a lot of reasons why testosterone is declining, including environmental factors, diet and nutritional factors, and general health factors. Although that study specifically focused on the decline of testosterone in American men, it's not a huge leap in logic to also assert that women are  suffering from a similar deficiency.

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The Magical Velvet Bean

Velvet bean, or Mucuna puriens, has been exalted in Ayurvedic medicine since it was written about in the Rigveda - a sacred text written between 4500 BCE and 1600 BCE. Velvet bean has been documented in over two hundred traditional remedy formulations and its effectiveness has been scientifically validated many times over. We included velvet bean in our sleep optimizer, Lucid, because of the many amazing benefits that this bean provides that helps you get the most out of your sleep each night. Let's dive in and take a look at the defining properties this magical legume. 

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How and When to Take Totem Products

One question that our support team often fields is about how and when to take Totem's products. We understand that it can be confusing, so we wanted to dedicate a blog post all about how and when to take our products! Totem brings you the highest quality formulations of revered ancient and scientifically validated ingredients that are liquid and must be administered under your tongue. So, not only are we introducing you to a lot of ingredients that you're unfamiliar with, you also have to take our products in a particular way to get the most out of them! Let's dive into the whys, whens, and hows! 

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Stronger. Calmer. Sexier. Richer. This How Lucid Can Change Your Life

Over 50 million men and women suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders, and many more report daily sluggishness, difficultly falling asleep, and trouble sleeping soundly through the night. Over the last 50 years, Americans have been sleeping less and less, while lifestyle demands and chronic stress have been on the rise. Blue light exposure from our phone and computer screens disrupt our sleeping patterns and decrease sleep quality, and the always connected nature of our technology keeps us up way later than is optimal. At a time when we need sleep the most, we're sleeping less than ever and sleeping worse than ever. 

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The One Thing That's Missing From Your Fitness Routine

Our society doesn't value slowing down. We're in an always connected, always on, always "I need that yesterday," 24/7/365 world. We all suffer for it. People take this same frantic approach to their fitness routines. A pervasive attitude of "no pain, no gain" trickles through the fitness world, to the detriment of those who are trying to hit their goals. Whether we want to admit it of not, quality sleep is the missing ingredient to most people's fitness routines. 

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Upgraded Travel with Lucid

Everybody loves an adventure that takes them to a new destination. We invest a lot in our trips. We plan it, pay for it, and take time off of work. Whether we're traveling to explore a new place, close a business deal, or celebrate a milestone traveling gives us the opportunity to expand our horizons. Hopping on a plane to cross timezones is exhilarating, but too often we get sick while traveling, which can definitely hamper your adventure. In fact, researchers have concluded that you're way more likely to catch a cold while traveling --- 20 to 113% more likely. 

No one wants their trip ruined by a runny nose and exhaustion. The good news is that we're here to help. Lucid, our sleep optimizer, should be your go to for all things travel. Here's why. 

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What Is Velvet Antler Extract?

Velvet Antler Extract is a key ingredient in Totem's products. Although Velvet Antler Extract (VAE) has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, it's not a very well known or well appreciated superfood in our culture. Because this ingredient is critical to our product line, we'd like to take some time to introduce to VAE, explain what it is, and tell you about all of its amazing health benefits. 

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7 Steps to a Perfect Night of Sleep
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.
- Leonardo Da Vinci


For being so essential to my own well being, I've always been a terrible sleeper. As a kid, sleepovers gave me crippling anxiety because I was always the last one up, usually in someone's weird basement, and I would spend hours wishing for sleep. I also always found that when I did sleep, I never woke up feeling refreshed and ready to go in the morning. 

Recently, I've been doing a lot of research on sleep and its importance in our lives. For being something that we spend almost 25 years of our lives doing, scientists still aren't even sure why exactly we do it. What we do know, though, is that sleep quality and quantity effects everything from our mood (duh), to how we burn fat, how we build muscle, how we perform mentally, how much money we make, how attractive we are, how approachable we appear to be, and even how productive we are. Believe it or not, shorter nights of sleep with delayed onset actually make us hold onto negative thought patterns and negative emotional states for longer periods of time. 

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Lucid Ingredients for Sleep Optimization

Sleep. It's important.

Countless studies have shown that sleep quality and quantity effect every aspect of our lives. The rest we get (or don't) permeates into our lives physiologically, socially, emotionally, and even financially. 

We know how critical sleep is to a thriving life, but so few of us get enough sleep. In fact, the CDC estimates that somewhere between 50 - 70 million American adults have sleep disorders or wakeful disorders (where your poor sleep seeps into your day to day life and negatively effects it). Our modern society both demands higher performance from us, but also robs us of the time and calm mindset needed for a refreshing night of sleep...which is absolutely necessary to performing at your highest level. It's an endless cycle. 

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