What are they?
In its simplest definition, an adaptogen is an herb that helps the human body adapt to stress. This class of herbs and mushrooms are found in nature, usually growing in harsh conditions which make their impact so strong. They are non-toxic to the recipient and not meant to target specific conditions, but to support overall wellbeing.
Adaptogens can be consumed in many ways, but popular favorites include incorporating powders into lattes and teas, taking them as supplements, or using their liquid extracts. There are many different kinds of adaptogens (we’ll get into that!), so finding the kind that is best for you is crucial.
How do they work?
Adaptogens work by interacting with our hormones to manage our body’s response to stress, reducing the physiological responses that are associated with stressors and fight-or-flight responses. They help manage anything between a stressful day at work, a weakened immune system, or an inability to fall asleep by bringing our bodies back to homeostasis.
They have become a new method for increasing our tolerance to mental exhaustion and increasing our ability to maintain focus. Adaptogens are able to enhance the body’s ability to react and adjust to any stressors without any harsh jolting or crashing.
Noteworthy adaptogens include Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, Rhodiola Extract, Ginseng, Maca, and Milk Thistle. Each have different purposes –– some include aiding relaxation, encouraging focus, enhancing sexual health, and boosting our immune systems.
Moving forward, how do I incorporate Adaptogens in my wellness routine?
You can take Adaptogens as supplements, as well as by consuming adaptogens in teas and lattes – an easy (and tasty!) way of garnering their numerous benefits. It's important to remember that to fully reap the benefits of adaptogens, it takes continual use rather than a little bit here and there.