Adaptogens: What Are They?
There are substances that help our body adapt to stress and fatigue mostly by regulating our hormones. They also help us boost our immune system, increase physical endurance and mental focus. They reduce discomfort and balance our mood. They help our bodies to adapt hence the name adaptogens.
Adaptogens work much like a thermostat. When our bodies are in a constant state of stress it throws us out of balance. So by adaptogens keeping our body’s stress response at a more desirable level we can overcome things such as adrenal fatigue.
There are several ways to increase your intake of adaptogens but the best way is to consume adaptogenic herbs. You may prefer to take them in capsule form, teas, or even better, add them directly to your meal.
Here is a short list of some powerful adaptogenic herbs and their traditional uses.
Aloe Vera also a known superfood, is a powerful antioxidant and supports the immune system and adrenal health.
Ashwaghanda also known as Indian Ginseng, brings impressive improvements in how one feels and handles stress. It also keeps the mind sharp and improves energy levels.
Asian Ginseng often called Panax Ginseng, also has antioxidant properties that support your immune system and heart health. It is also used for mental clarity and physical endurance.
Astralagus has been used traditionally by the Chinese to keep good health and as a stress reliever. TAT2, it’s active compound, supports detoxification protects against aging and nourishes the kidneys.
Bacopa Ayurvedic medicine has used this for centuries to support brain health. It helps with memory, focus and thinking abilities.
Ginseng Eleuthero also known as Siberian Ginseng, not only does it increase the resistance to daily stress but is also a natural energy booster.
Holy Basil is a member of the mint family. It has antioxidant properties that support heart health and normal lipid profiles.
Licorice Root promotes many aspects of good health including normal metabolic function.
Maca is best for boosting libido in men and post-menopausal women.
Moringa Oleifera is used throughout Southeast Asia to support the response of the immune system, ease swelling and promote energy and adrenal health.
Reishi protects the liver, boost antioxidant levels, and has therapeutic benefits in cancer treatment. It’s also great for treating digestive distress such as IBS.
Rhodiola Rosea is popular among the Sherpas on Mt. Everest because it not only supports regular energy levels but it also fights altitude ailments. It has also been recognized to encourage normal cortisol levels.
Schisandra is another powerful antioxidant that helps keep your body stay balanced.
Shiitake has several health benefits such as anti-cancer effects, liver protection and improves bone formation.
So just remember, whatever your health needs a boost of, there are many adaptogens to choose from.
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