Adaptogens – Balance, Restore and Protect
Adaptogens – Eating well, getting proper rest, meditation, staying active, writing down what you’re grateful for and maintaining social connection all help protect you from chronic stress, which can kill your quality of life.
Adding adaptogens to your routine can make you even more resilient to the damaging effects of imbalanced cortisol levels and help reduce the physical and mental effects of stress.
The adrenals; small glands located above each kidney, produce some important hormones. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is a life-sustaining adrenal hormone essential for your body’s homeostasis. Cortisol plays a critical role in helping the body to respond to stress. Too much stress can undermine our mental and physical health and becomes harmful. It also leads to the imbalance of our cortisol levels which is not healthy.
Today we are going to talk to you about Adaptogens. These are a class of herbal compounds, roots, barks, berries, leaves and mushrooms that when taken over a period help to reduce the physical effects of stress.They also support your immune and adrenal systems. Read more about their benefits and how you can increase your capacity to deal with stress and improve your mental and physical health and wellbeing. Adaptogens balance and restore the body.
Adaptogens – To help us remain adaptive in our environments.
Adaptogens help your body adapt to the strains of daily living and normalize the body’s functions in the face of stressors, restoring homeostasis. Some have a systemic effect while others benefit specific systems. Many of them also regulate cell metabolism and support the immune system.These select class of herbal compounds offer strength, energy, stamina, endurance, protect the body from degeneration, improve immunity and improve mental clarity.
Benefits of Adaptogens.
1. Adaptogens are considered to be nontoxic to the body. They have a normalizing effect that is recognized to improve the body’s ability to build resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety, and fatigue.
2. They are also referred to as restoratives.They are known to affect sexual virility, athletic stamina, and physical beauty.
3. They promote an increase in life force (Qi ), replenishing the energy of your cells, tissues, and organs.
4. Caffeinated drinks, over time, depletes energy reserves stored in the kidneys, exhausting the adrenal glands. Adaptogens can be consumed to restore and replenish the energy reserves.
5. Has positive effects on mental performance under stress.
6. Gives protection against environmental pollutants and toxins.
7. Immune protectors, anti-inflammatory agents due to the polysaccharides.
Medicinal Mushrooms – Utilised for thousands of years in Chinese herbalism, medicinal mushrooms offer some of the most potent substances.
Ayurvedic herbs – For thousands of years, the East Indian system of Ayurvedic medicine has used adaptogens in their herbal preparations to help revitalize and nourish proper balance of the three doshas or body types.In Ayurveda, referred to as the “Rasayana,” renowned for their positive influence on overall health and vitality.Some of these common Ayurvedic herbs include Amalaki, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Tulsi.
Essential oils – Essential oils such as lavender, myrrh, frankincense, and bergamot also can be used to reduce inflammation, improving immunity, balancing hormones and helping with sleep and digestion.
Other superfood adaptogens – Maca root, Rhodiola
How to use Adaptogens.
1. Best to use after a cleansing period or when the body is free of sickness or disease.
2. Start slow and gradually over time, increase intake. We recommend you start taking the herbs in small doses, daily, if possible. Start with 1/4-1/2 tsp and build up from there to doses as high as tablespoons a day; your body will let you know if you need more or less as you experiment. Usually, a morning dose is best, though you can take them any time of day (reishi is excellent in the evening before bed for a restful night’s sleep). Slowly build your dose up over a couple of weeks; tonic herbs are friendly, but you want to introduce them to your body mindfully so it can find its sweet spot. Dosage is personal – some people need quite a large dose (larger bodies, stronger constitutions), others need smaller doses (smaller bodies, more sensitive constitutions), so we ask that you experiment with the dose that’s best for you.
3. Incorporate your blend or powdered extracts into your food and drinks. We like adding them to our herbal teas or mix into your cereal, smoothie or your meals.
It is important to seek the advice of a medical physician before consuming if you are taking prescription medication or have a serious health condition.
The only tonic herbs we recommend while pregnant are Reishi and Eucommia bark provided the mother feels it is safe for her to add these herbs in. There is very little peer-reviewed research available on the use of tonic herbs and medicinal mushrooms during pregnancy. Since pregnancy involves changes in the immune function, it’s best to proceed with care. We advise consulting with your doctor or caregiver before using medicinal mushroom or tonic herb extracts during pregnancy, just to be on the safe side.
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