Adaptogens - Your Secret Weapon against Stress
Stuck in quarantine or isolated (again)? Checked your calendar only to see a growing list of deadlines creeping up on you? Forgot your friend’s birthday? If these situations sound familiar and you find yourself wrapped up in a ball of stress more often than you would like, instead of stress-eating another donut - try adaptogens!
Adaptogens are medicinal herbs that help the body adapt to any physical, biological or chemical stressors that life may throw at you. They are herbs and roots that have been used in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to promote homeostasis and help regulate and balance the physiological processes in your body.
How do Adaptogens Work?
When we face a stressor for any kind, your body goes through a 3-step process called general adaptation syndrome (GAS). The first phase is Alarm Resistance which is the initial response to the stressor which prepares your body for “fight or flight.” The second phase is Resistance, where your body begins to repair itself by lowering cortisol release (a stress hormone), which normalizes blood pressure and heart rate. The last stage is Exhaustion, which arises as a product of prolonged stress. Your body drains your mental, physical, and emotional resources to combat stressors.
That’s where adaptogens come in! Adaptogens keep you in the resistance phase longer and hold off the exhaustion. Adaptogens take on some of the stress-load so your body doesn’t have to do it itself.
They work at a molecular level by regulating a stable balance within the hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands which are involved in your body’s stress response. So, instead of feeling exhausted and overcome by stress, adaptogens help you feel energized as they take on the battle against stress.
How do you take Adaptogens?
Most commonly adaptogens are available in capsule form, but you can also find extracts and liquids to add to your morning smoothie, favorite beverage or water bottle. Plus there are many adaptogenic teas. Choose the one that best suits your lifestyle but remember to follow the instructions on the label!
Each adaptogens works a different kind of magic against stress so here are a few to choose from:
Ashwagandha helps the body cope with daily stress and anxiety. It is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda, an ancient Indian practice of natural healing. It is known to lower blood sugar levels and cortisol (stress hormone) levels. Studies have proved that Ashwagandha can be used to reduce inflammation and can also be used to boost memory and brain function.Emerging research is showing promising benefits in neurocognitive disease such as Alzheimer’s.Talk about a power herb!
Rhodiola protects your body from mental and physical fatigue. It’s an age-old herb that has been used medicinally over centuries in Scandinavia and Russia. Used correctly, it can boost brain function and exercise performance.
Panax Ginseng boosts memory, reaction time, and calmness. It is a root that has been used in ancient Chinese medicine. It is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that Ginseng can also boost your immune system.
Now that you know all about this secret weapon, it’s time to incorporate it into your life!
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