The power of adaptogens for stress relief

 
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Most of us deal with stress on a regular basis, especially in our culture where we’re praised for our productivity rather than our self-care.

When we are chronically stressed, it takes a toll on our bodies and causes them to be either over-functioning or under-functioning. This often leads to illness, mood disorders, physical ailments, weight gain, and chronic inflammation.

The good news is that along with self-care practices (such as reading, going to bed early, having a bath, practicing yoga, being creative and spending time with positive people), there is a food that helps us better adapt to life’s stressors: adaptogens.

Adaptogens are plants, herbs and mushrooms that have been used for thousands of years in ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine to help bring the body back into homeostasis (otherwise known as balance). Adaptogens have a powerful effect on the body due to their unique ability to “adapt” their function; they have a completely individual effect depending on the needs of each personSince stress disrupts our mind-body balance, incorporating adaptogens into our diet can help improve our resistance to stress and regulate our body’s functions.

Adaptogens help positively affect the body in the following ways:

  • Improves your quality and quantity of sleep

  • Boosts your energy

  • Increases your concentration and cognitive function

  • Balances your stress and sex hormones

  • Increases your detoxification and liver health

  • Normalizes your digestive functioning

  • Strengthens your immune system

  • Helps increase your stress resistance

  • Improves your emotional well-being and resiliency

The following adaptogens can help to bring your body back into balance:

  • Ashwagandha

  • Reishi

  • Lion’s mane

  • Chaga

  • Schisandra berry

  • Panax ginseng

  • Holy basil

  • Licorice root

  • Rhodiola

Try adding the above adaptogens into your morning smoothie or tea, and experience the effects of reduced stress and increased vitality!

Riley Webster