While it may seem like the modern wellness world has only begun talking about the power of adaptogens in recent years, these naturally potent herbs and plant extracts have actually been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.
But, if you’re still not too sure what adaptogens are, what they do or whether they really have the ability to help you manage stress – don’t worry! We’re here to give you the lowdown on these natural tension-busters and how they could be the added support you need during times of stress.
So, what are adaptogens?
Adaptogens are a select group of consumable herbs, roots and mushrooms used in natural medicine. In many ways, adaptogens have their own intelligence in terms of how they work with the body and each one is thought to deliver different benefits, such as fighting fatigue, improving cognitive performance or boosting immunity.
But, primarily, adaptogens work to stabilize your body’s physiological processes and enhance your body’s ability to come back into balance. This balance is what helps your body to effectively manage and recover from physical and mental stress.
By incorporating adaptogens into your daily health routine, you will be able to leverage this natural intelligence and essentially give your body a biological boost to help it more effectively manage the effects of stress, and, in turn, support your overall health.
How do adaptogens work to reduce stress?
Stress is a natural part of life – and is often unavoidable in our busy modern society. When you’re stressed, your adrenal gland releases the stress hormone cortisol, which kicks your body into “fight or flight” mode. This causes increases in your heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen intake, and sets off a huge spike in your energy level. If this stress response is triggered too much, too often, it can have a detrimental impact on your physical and mental health.
While it may be impossible to remove every stressor from your life, it is possible to more effectively manage your body’s stress response and adapt to stressful situations.
But how do they do it?
Adaptogens interact with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathoadrenal system (SAS), which are both involved in your body’s stress response. Basically, adaptogens work with these systems to adjust your body’s hormone production and stabilize your physiological responses to stress. This helps to ease the effect of stress on your body and maintain balance in your internal systems.
Since stress can trigger a wave of physical responses that negatively impact our immune system, hormones, cognitive function and overall wellbeing, adaptogens also indirectly help to ease other health issues or conditions that are linked to stress, such as anxiety, insomnia, skin disorders or digestive issues.
The best adaptogens to help you manage stress
How to easily introduce adaptogens into your daily routine
One thing we’re all lacking these days is time – and more often than not, our busy lives are the number source of our stress. So, we don’t want to add another complicated process into our daily routine, right?
That’s the beauty of Beams Co. coffee elixirs. Our super-charged coffee capsules are already infused with adaptogens, such as Cordyceps and Reishi, so you can reap the stress-busting health benefits with zero hassle. Simply pop a pod into your coffee machine and enjoy!
Beams Co. also allows you to begin using adaptogens with confidence, knowing each capsule is pre-made and pre-mixed in accordance with the recommended safe dosages for each ingredient.
Remember – adaptogens are a supplement, not a magic cure-all
While adaptogens can significantly benefit our overall health and wellbeing, it’s important to understand that they are not a cure-all for an otherwise unhealthy lifestyle, nor are they a substitute for the basic foundations of health, such as eating a balanced, nutrient-dense diet, drinking plenty of water, regularly exercising and getting enough sleep. Instead, adaptogens should be seen as a beneficial addition to support and enhance your physical and mental health.
When using adaptogens, be sure to always follow the instructions and dosage advice. You may also consider consulting with a naturopath prior to starting your adaptogen regime so they can develop or recommend specific tinctures suitable to your health goals.
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