ADAPTOGENS FIGHT STRESS AND STABILIZE YOUR SYSTEM
You know all about ‘superfoods’ … now it’s time for superherbs.
Adaptogens are herbs that increase your resilience to stress and anxiety, helping balance moods and energy levels. They do this by impacting the production of cortisol (the stress hormone) and by helping normalize adrenal function and blood sugar metabolism. Adaptogens can also boost your immune system, calm the nervous system, and give you more energy.
Here are a few adaptogens for you to consider trying – be sure to follow the labels when it comes to suggested use. These are powerful natural substances! Play close attention to how your body feels after taking them: a little goes a long way.
Known as the ‘Indian ginseng,’ ashwagandha has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to reduce inflammation and boost energy levels. Like many adaptogens, it’s also used to help balance the female reproductive system.
Ginseng is best known for giving you energy (it’s included in many natural energy drinks), but it’s also known for boosting your immune system (think ginseng lozenges and tea) and improving your mood.
Maca is used to enhance memory, energy, and stamina. It’s one of the best-known adaptogens for treating issues with the female reproductive system, including menopause and fertility issues. In powder form, it can be mixed with hot water to make maca chia tea.
Moringa has all the properties of a superherb – used to reduce inflammation, balance the female reproductive system, boost energy levels and the immune system – and it’s also used as a topical astrigent because of its antibacterial properties.