Look, we’ve all experienced the effects of stress, and know how taxing it can be on our minds and bodies. Stress can not only effect our relationships with loved ones, but harms the neurological, immune, and endocrine systems. Here lies the strong case to take action to reduce unnecessary stress and find a way to mitigate the effects of stress on our bodies. What if a supplement could help?
Adaptogens and how they work
ADAPTOGENS might be the solution to more than just our stress endurance levels. They work at a molecular level by regulating a stable balance in the pituitary, adrenal, and hypothalamic glands. These glands are vital to how we deal with stress. According to Healthline, “[adaptogens] work by “hacking” the stress response in the body. Typically, when our bodies are stressed, we go through three stages of stress:
- alarm phase
- phase of resistance
- phase of exhaustion
As we encounter a stressor — say we start lifting weights — our body responds [to this alarm phase] by kicking out hormones like adrenaline that improve muscle performance and increase our ability to concentrate and pay attention to the task at hand in the phase of resistance” (healthline). As our body resists the stressor, we feel energized. Then as we fatigue, we enter the phase of exhaustion. Adaptogens basically stretch out the duration of the resistance phase, allowing us to think more clearly and feel more at ease for a longer amount of time (healthline).
While ADAPTOGENS work to counteract the effects of stress in the body, decreasing fatigue, adaptogens offer other health benefits including:
- An immune system boost
- Increased mental focus and physical endurance
- Support for managing a healthy weight
- Encouraged balanced mood
These benefits can be attained by simply adding adaptogenic herbs to your regular diet. These herbs, commonly used in traditional medicine, can easily be taken in supplement form. Let’s take a look at the TOP 10 most popular adaptogenic herbs (globalhealingcenter).
Studies have shown that people who take this herb experience dramatic improvement in how they deal with stress. It is also known to boost energy and keep the mind sharp.
2. Milk Thistle
Milk thistle’s active ingredient promotes liver health and metabolism, helping to manage the hormones linked to stress.
3. Rosemary (THAT’S ME!)
While used as an ingredient make food tasty, Rosemary’s compounds (rosmarinic acid and caffeic acid) aid digestive, heart, and liver health. For centuries, global traditional medicine has used this herb to relieve stress.
Traditional Chinese medicine has used this herb to promote overall health and wellness, while research shows it has powerful antioxidant agents that help keep the body balanced.
5. Gotu Kola
Here’s a new one. Gotu Kola is a prevailing antioxidant that reduces swelling and improves circulation throughout the body.
In addition to fighting stress and supporting good health, this herb’s active compound, TAT2, supports detoxification, aids kidney health, and protects against aging.
7. Asian Ginseng
Also referred to as Panax Ginseng, this herb promotes mental clarity, supports heart and immune health, and supports physical endurance.
A popular Ayurvedic herb used for hundreds of years, Bacopa supports cognitive function, which includes focus, memory, and thinking.
9. Rhodiola Rosea
Sherpas who work on Mount Everest are well-aware of this herb’s abilities, as it promotes regular energy levels and shields against altitude sickness. Research shows Rhodiola Rosea also supports normal cortisol (known as the “stress hormone”) levels.
10. Moringa Oleifera
Every part of this plant, from seeds to roots, is used throughout Southeast Asia. As part of traditional medicine, it promotes energy, immune response, and adrenal health (globalhealingcenter).
Let’s get to work
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