Adaptogens and Stess
Modern life is certainly full of stressors. To survive without going cuckoo it’s important to learn to stay calm, rational and rooted.
There are non-toxic plants known as adaptogens that help your body handle stress. Some can be eaten as part of a meal (like holy basil), others are taken in supplement form (like ashwaganda) or brewed into tea.
Adaptogens have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions. They are gaining popularity in the west as a natural approach to reduce the negative effects of stress and for their calming effect.
Do Adaptogens Work?
While there’s not a lot of research available on Adaptogens, many people swear by them. It’s believed that they may tweak hormone production and physiological responses to stress and help with your adrenal system (all of which are involved in your body’s response to stress).
What about Side Effects of Adaptogens?
Before you take adaptogens you’ll want to consult with your doctor because a 2018 study found that some herbal supplements can interact negatively with prescription medications.
Which Adaptogens should I consider using?
- Ashwagandha and Asian ginseng may help soothe long-term sources of stress.
- Consider Siberian Ginseng for acute stress and anxiety. People are also known to use Siberian ginseng to boost the immune system, physical stamina and sexual health
- Rhodiola is believed to improve energy, physical performance and memory
Other methods for reducing stress
If you’re looking for other effective ways to combat the effects of stress check out 5 Simple and Surprising Tips to Relieve Your Stress
How do you manage your stress? Leave a comment below and share your best tips and techniques!