Adaptogens and How You Can Get More of Them

Have you ever heard of adaptogens? Adaptogens are said to protect the body from damages done by stress. According to doctors, taking adaptogens can reverse damages to the body, bringing it back to a pure state of homeostasis.

To explain it simply, adaptogens support your adrenal glands which control how your hormones respond to stress, anxiety, and fatigue. Stress can cause devastating effects on our bodies, leading to chronic illnesses. They adapt (hence the name) to what your body needs. Interestingly, this is not some new concept. Adaptogens have been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries.

What are some common adaptogens? Think Asian ginseng, rhodiola rosea, and maca — all good for enhancing your mental performance and physical stamina. For calming properties, adaptogens like reishi and holy basil are good choices, soothing the adrenal glands. Even turmeric is considered an adaptogen.

In the case of turmeric, we all know how to take it. You can sprinkle it into everything you cook. But what about these other adaptogens? Some come in pill form and look like vitamins. You can also find them as tinctures that you mix with water. Other come in powdered form, ideal for blending into your smoothie or tea.

The good news is that experts agree that there is no one right way to take them so you should try them out and see which form you like best as far as the method of ingestion.

One thing you should know about adaptogens though is that they take time to work. It may be weeks before you notice any changes in your body. Practice patience while also eating healthy and exercising. Taking care of yourself is essential for your overall well-being.

Before you begin taking adaptogens, discuss it with your doctor. He or she may be able to give you recommendations on which ones to take, how much to take and how to get the maximum benefits out of these helpful hormone-benefiting herbs. If you’ve felt out of whack lately, try seeing if adaptogens make the difference you’ve been missing.

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