Daily exercise is a great place to start on the road to wellness, but the right foods and the addition of adaptogenic herbs into your daily diet can help manage stress and allow you to see the maximum benefits of all your hard work.
Your body is adaptive to a variety of conditions, but without proper nutrition and physiological support, stress can cause detrimental effects to your physical and mental health.
While prescription drugs remain in your system and influence multiple organs, once an adaptogen has completed its job, those herbs are eliminated or absorbed into the body without any side effects. Adaptogens work slowly and gently, contrasting the instantaneous gratification of the caffeine cycle, you must be patient because they work subtly but the benefits are undeniable and long-lasting.
Here are 6 of my favorite adaptogens:
The easer of anxiety, depression and sleep issues. Ashwagandha has immuno-modulating effects that boost and regulate the immune system and lower cortisol levels. You can take Ashwagandha is supplement form, I recommend Organic India Ashwagandha.
Increases the amount of anti-stress compounds our bodies use to prevent and repair stress-related damage. By reducing the ability of stress hormones like cortisol to bind to receptors, astragalus boosts immunity and shields the body from the effects of stress. I recommend adding 20-30 drops of Astragalus Root Extract to your morning juices or smoothies.
3. Cordyceps Mushroom
Funguses with antioxidant properties include Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake mushrooms. Each have adaptogenic, anti-tumor, and immune enhancing properties. You can easily add a scoop of Cordycep powder to Smoothies, I like Mushroom Matrix Organic Cordycep.
4. Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Referred to as the “elixir of anti-aging,” holy basil helps fight fatigue and stress, boosts the immune system, and regulates blood sugar, blood pressure, and hormone levels. My favorite way to enjoy Holy Basil is in a warm cup of Tulsi Tea by Organic India.
5. Rhodiola (Golden Root)
Contains the phytochemical salidroside which helps resist anxiety and aging. Other benefits include suppression of the production of cortisol, increased levels of stress-resistant proteins, restoration of normal patterns of eating and sleeping after stress, resistance to mental and physical fatigue, and protection against oxidative stress, heat stress, radiation and toxic chemicals. Additional research has shown this adaptogen can protect the heart and liver, increase use of oxygen, improve memory and longevity, as well as aid in weight loss. One of the easiest ways to take is in supplement form, I suggest Gaia Herbs Rhodiola.
Used for preventing early aging which counteracts cortisol’s aging effects. Schisandra is also used to increase lifespan, increase resistance to disease, increase energy and physical performance, normalize blood sugar, and stimulate the immune system. You can easily take as a supplement, like these Planetary Herb Adrenal Complex or add into shakes, juices, smoothies with Dragon Herb’s Goji & Schizandra.
Incorporating adaptogens into your daily regimen will allow you to feel a huge improvement in your energy and stress levels, a bigger improvement than you could think some small plants can do.