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Adaptogens have been quite the buzzword in the wellness world for some time now. From adaptogen infused coffee to chocolate reishi cookies, adaptogens have taken the wellness world by storm. But what exactly is this new thing thrown in every direction and newly integrated in so many products? Adaptogens and their specific usages can be traced way back to traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, the amount of information and usages of these seemingly magical herbs is extremely interesting yet somewhat overwhelming. But don’t worry, we have you covered. The following article is a good starting point in learning how to incorporate adaptogens in your daily routine based on symptoms we most commonly come across in our daily lives.
Adaptogens are herbs used to improve our body’s ability to cope with everyday life stressors (internal and external). As the word suggests, adaptogens help the body adapt and support the body’s hormonal response to stress. Whereas stimulants and certain kinds of medications create a false sense of resilience, adaptogens work in harmony with your body’s ultimate quest to achieve and maintain balance (homeostasis).Not all adaptogens are created equal, their usage and dosage varies, and obviously, as any ancient healing modality, the ethics around their sourcing is important to keep in mind.
Looking to improve your sleep? Increase energy? Reduce stress? Balance your hormones? Here are 5 adaptogens you can begin to incorporate in your daily routine to help your body cope with all the stressors of our modern times.
Especially useful for women who feel that their hormones are out of wack, maca encourages the body to produce or decrease its own hormones by nourishing the master glands of the body (Hypothalamus and pituitary).
Working on the central nervous system, this adaptogen has been shown to improve brain function, help the body reach states of calmness and even help with sleep.
Helping your body heal from being in a constant “fight or flight” mode, this adaptogen is known for its antidepressant and immunostimulant properties. Rhodiola is often recognized as a gentle healer of stress, helping people reestablish a normal adrenal function.
Belonging to the family of mushrooms, the benefits of chaga are absolutely mind-boggling, everyone and anyone can benefit by incorporating this mushroom daily in their smoothies or food.
Loaded with antioxidants, this adaptogen is often used as a workout recovery and for keeping free radicals at bay
When it comes to adaptogens, choosing which products to purchase and which to avoid is tricky. As mentioned above, not all companies share the same ethics and sourcing methods, and with the ever-increasing availability of adaptogens, choosing the most potent product can become quite the puzzle. Investing in a well-sourced product might be a little more expensive, but you will definitely get more bang for your buck. As with any form of supplementation, whether adaptogens of vitamins, you should avoid experimenting solo if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking mood stabilizers. It is always optimal to consult a doctor, herbalist, or naturopath when considering which herbs and adaptogens are right for you. In addition, make sure your adaptogens come from a trusted source and that they are ALWAYS organic. Look for third-party certifications from the brands you purchase such as the USP or NSF seal to make sure you are taking the adaptogen in its pure form.
On a final note, my personal advice when it comes to taking any kind of supplement is to go with what feels right for you. Follow your gut, listen to your body and check in with yourself before purchasing any product.
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