What makes adaptogen herbs so essential?
Adaptogen herbs are a specific set of herbs, which simply help your body adapt to stressors and return to a normal state.
They can help fight anxiety, common cold and hormone imbalance.
Holy Basil is a powerful adaptogen known as the elixir of anti-aging, it also helps fight fatigue, anxiety, boost immunity and regulate hormones. Ashwagandha and Rhodiola also ease anxiety and regulate immunity.
They can help lower cortisol levels.
Cortisol is a hormone and is produced within the adrenal glands. It is released in response to stress. The most potent adaptogen herbs that help lower stress levels are: Holy Basil, Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Rhodiola and Cordyceps Mushrooms.
They increase energy and vitality.
When you’re feeling chronic stress, you lose energy, and you feel less vital. The function of Adaptogens is to get to the root of your stress symptoms, therefore restoring balance and energy. This makes for a happier, calmer, better version of you.
They can help fight disease.
As humans, we were never meant to endure long-term chronic physical and emotional stress. Under the conditions of chronic stress, our bodies tend to forget how to cope and return to homeostasis; in effect we are not functioning healthfully. This is where cancer, depression, digestive disorders, diabetes & cardiovascular disorders kick in. These are only a few of the conditions directly linked to stress.
The effects are long lasting.
If taken consistently, the effects of adaptogens are long lasting and easily noticed. I have personally found that herbs build up in your body, maintaining the effects over time. For me the best routine is to take something for about 5 weeks, and then take a week off. This gives me time to know if a particular herb is working for me, and it also allows me gauge how I feel without taking the herb.
The views expressed in this entry are strictly my opinion and do not reflect the views of Wishing U Well. Any decision to use supplements to support your specific needs should be considered in partnership with your healthcare professional.