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.

Metabolism — we all want to have a strong and quick one, but it takes some work to achieve a healthy metabolism.  It’s affected by what we eat, how we sleep, our hormones, exercise, and many other aspects of our overall wellbeing.

In fact, some specific foods can help boost your metabolism.

Keep the following foods on your plate: avocado, spinach, green tea, coconut oil, and almonds.  These only name a few, but the options listed here are versatile foods that can easily be added to almost any meal.

If you’re in need of a new workout routine, do some research on HIIT workouts that may fit your desires.  These exercises can be done just about anywhere, making them incredibly feasible for fitting into anyone’s schedule.

There are a slew of things you can do to boost your metabolism, but starting with these small changes can start you down a long-term path to a healthy metabolism.

What HIIT workout is your favorite?

Ways to Know Whether or Not that You’re Suffering from Adrenal Fatigue

There are many glands throughout your body that respond to different things. Of those glands, you may have heard of the adrenal glands which are for responding to stress. You know, the old “fight or flight” is all about your adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands send out hormones in our bodies to enact our flight or fight response, whichever one we care to choose in a given situation.

However, because stress in today’s world is much different than the stresses of our ancestors, we have something called chronic stress that lingers about for periods of time from months to years. It could be work, marriage, kids, and the fate of the world riding upon your shoulders but whatever it is, it’s causing you ongoing stress that never quits.

So what are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue? Some symptoms could include:

Fatigue that doesn’t go away even after adequate sleep, trouble falling asleep as well as waking up, excessive cravings for salt and sugar, weight loss without trying, dizzy spells, skin discoloration, rashes, or inflammation, allergies that you didn’t have before, and lack of focus.

But like many conditions, these symptoms are very vague. How do you know if you have adrenal fatigue? That’s the tricky part. There are no medical screenings to determine it as of yet. Your doctor can look for a condition called adrenal insufficiency which is a bit similar. The best course of action is to visit your doctor and make a few changes to your lifestyle to see if that makes a positive impact.

Start by eating better. Swap out processed foods for whole foods and ditch the sugars. Start incorporating supplements like fish oil, probiotics, and other vitamins that you might not be getting currently. For example, many people are magnesium deficient, and that can cause a slew of problems. Take steps to reduce your stress, and you should begin feeling better. Whatever you do, listen to your body. You know you and if you don’t feel like yourself, you should make sure you get checked out to eliminate the possibility that it’s something more serious.

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