Even if you aren’t completely versed in the wellness-world lingo, you’ve probably heard of adaptogens or seen them in stores. Adaptogens have resurfaced in mainstream popularity these last few years for their long list of health benefits, and have become a go-to natural supplement to many wellness routines. So what do adaptogens specifically do, and why do we love them so much?
WHAT ARE ADAPTOGENS?
Adaptogens have been used for centuries in traditional Eastern medicine. They are non-toxic plants, herbs, or mushrooms that boost the body’s response to all manners of stress – whether it’s physical or emotional. As the name suggests, they ‘adapt’ to the body’s specific needs. They work by regulating your adrenals and improving how the body copes with stressors. They’ve also been shown to stave off fatigue, balance hormone levels, support energy levels, and mental concentration.
There are over 70 different kinds of adaptogens. While they serve the same primary stress-managing function, specific types also have their own unique benefits.
WHY ARE ADAPTOGENS BENEFICIAL?
As we know, high levels of stress can have a very profound physical effect on the body and mind. And, needless to say, stress is a pretty common issue nowadays! Incorporating adaptogens into your diet is a useful method of reducing the effects of stress, as they work to improve the immune system, decrease inflammation, increase energy, and aid in relaxation.
WHERE TO START
Adding adaptogens into your routine is quite easy in this day and age! They are readily available in store-bought drinks and snacks. A potent method of consumption is to purchase adaptogens as capsules or ground powders that can be added to your coffee, tea, or smoothie.
Ashwagandha: High in antioxidants and boosts the body’s resistance to stress and anxiety.
Reishi: A medicinal mushroom that is rich in prebiotics, helps boost the immune system, and may help lower blood sugar, stimulates liver function, and reduces inflammation.
Lion’s Mane: A type of mushroom that boosts cognitive function, alleviating brain fog, improving memory, and may help protect against dementia and Alzheimer’s. May also facilitate faster nervous system recovery.
Cordyceps: Used to treat kidney and liver health, rebalance hormones, and boosts energy and athletic performance.
Chaga: A nutrient-dense superfood. Combats oxidative stress, which can also improve complexion, can help lower cholesterol, and is used as an anti-viral. Chaga is also used to treat stomach ulcers, as it helps prevent H. plyori bacteria from growing by interfering with bacterial cell communication.
Turkey Tail: This medicinal mushroom is rich in prebiotics, works to improve immune function and gut bacteria balance, and aids with digestion.
Sherri enjoys her adaptogens in powder form, a TerraSoul Superfoods.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT ADAPTOGENS?
Reach out to Sherri to learn more, and how you can incorporate them into your own diet!
Sherri began her career as an anesthesia technician in New Orleans. She got her Personal Trainer and Nutrition certification in 1999 after coworkers would often ask her for advice on their own wellness routines. Her life goal is to share, educate, and guide others. Sherri’s approach is holistic and tailored to the individual’s needs. She consistently works to expand her knowledge so she may continue empowering her clients to achieve optimal fitness and wellness.
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