ALL ABOUT ADAPTOGENS
August 14, 2020
Everyone is looking for ways to decrease stress right now, some of them are healthy and some aren’t. Although our body’s stress response is vital to our safety, these days this response can be a little extra...a little too reactive. Chronic stress can contribute to leaky gut, PCOS, anxiety, and adrenal burnout! While we can’t always control or avoid stress in our lives, we can adopt new ways of managing it.
Here’s everything you need to know about these balancing super herbs and mushrooms called, Adaptogens!
“Adapt” is the root word because these magical sources literally balance the chemicals released during your body’s stress response, helping you to readjust and reharmonize your systems back to equilibrium. This specific group of herbs and mushrooms tweak your body’s responses to hormonal triggers and physiological responses by mocking \ matching the signalers your body usually reacts to. Adding adaptogens helps your body function properly - from your mind, to your immune system, to your energy! They don’t mask your symptoms, but rather jump in and offer support where it’s lacking.
Adaptogens can :
- Switch off the excess production of stress hormones (which lead to inflammation)
- Trigger white blood cells to become more active (like a boost to your immune system)
- Help regulate certain organs systems like your metabolic system, neuroendocrine system, nervous system, and immune system (impacting metabolism, blood pressure, blood clotting, and blood sugar levels.)
ADAPTOGENS & EVERY DAY STRESS
Every day stresses like lack of sleep, overworking, anxiety, and unhealthy diet choices take a toll on your neuroendocrine system. Your neuroendocrine system is the structure built around your hypothalamus in its effort to balance your hormones, regulate reproduction, control your metabolism and cravings, decide where energy comes from, and stabilize your blood pressure.
Deal with the chemical imbalances of daily stress with a daily dose of adaptogens! Exciting new studies are showing how adaptogens support a healthier response for this system in many ways. Adding adaptogens to your routine for your adrenal glands is like lifting weights for your muscles. They train your body to handle the effects of stress and deal with it more effectively.
Try for daily stress : Tulsi, ashwagandha, rhodiola, ginseng, jiaogulan, licorice root, rosea.
ADAPTOGENS & RECOVERY / SLEEP
If you suffer from falling asleep, adding in specific adaptogens to your evening routine can help your body produce secrete circadian cortisol. Adaptogens like chamomile tea and lavender oil either bind onto your nervous system receptors or raise your serotonin levels to help you sleep better.
Try for recovery : astragalus, cordyceps, schisandra berry, holy basil, maca
Try for sleep : turmeric, goji berry, ginseng
ADAPTOGENS & THE BRAIN
Overtime, high levels of cortisol in the body can cause neuro-inflammation that leads to depression, memory loss, Alzheimer's, headaches, insomnia, and general brain degeneration through the death of nerve cells.
Adaptogens contain neuroprotective and anti-depressant qualities. Trials have shown that adaptogens fight brain fatigue and mental exhaustion, enhance attention and help you power through to focus. How? Adaptogens are rich in antioxidants, normalize the neurotransmitters in your brian, inhibit inflammation in your brain, and upregulate a chemical called NPY (essential for our emotions).
Try for brain boosts : American ginseng, ashwagandha, holy basil, rhaponticum, rhodiola, schisandra, maca.
ADAPTOGENS & PMS
Adaptogenic herbs help with PMS symptoms like mood swings, bloating, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, acne, back aches, and breast tenderness. Oftentimes, hormonal imbalances, chronic stress, inflammation, and environmental toxins are to blame for these unpleasant period pains. While adaptogenic herbs won’t eliminate these issues, they can create balance in your hormones which helps reduce the symptoms!
How adaptogens help PMS Symptoms :
- Reduce inflammation
- Enhance adrenal function and decrease cortisol levels
- Boost physical endurance
- Brain health for mood balance
- Immune System support
Try : Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Gotu Kola, Shatavari, Licorice root, and Holy Basil
3 ADAPTOGENS in Just Add Water
Lucuma - Lucuma is an adaptogenic fruit that tastes sort of like maple syrup when ground up into a powder. That’s right, it’s a natural sweetener!
Maca - Studies on maca have given us insight to the many benefits it provides such as memory recall ability and reversing age-related cognitive decline, decreasing exercise related stress, supporting your immune system, keeping your thyroid healthy, increasing sexual desire, balancing your hormone levels, and helping to manage PMS symptoms.
Ceylon Cinnamon is not only a natural blood thinner, it also is shown to strengthen capillaries and offer protection against heart disease and cancers. Ceylon cinnamon contains antioxidants, antimicrobial, and digestion supporting elements.
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