Adaptogens

What are adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a group of intelligent plants and mushrooms with a huge variety of uses and health advantages. They've been used for centuries, mostly by ethnic groups from all corners of the world, and are known for their ability to help adapt to everyday challenges.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the belief is that a person is healthy when the body is in balance and the
energy can flow freely. The Ayurveda also emphasises that health is a state of balance between mind, body and consciousness.

The actual term ‘adaptogen’ is actually quite new. It was established after extensive research was conducted in Russia during the Second World War. Over a period of 45 years, 1200 scientists conducted 3000 experiments with over 500,000 people. These experiments investigated ways to help Russian pilots and submarine crews increase their stamina. They looked to traditional cultures to see which plants were commonly used to survive harsh and challenging circumstances and found the adaptogens.

Adaptogens help our body resist stress in a way like no other, because when taken they act like a “personal-trainer” teaching our body all over again to handle the damaging effects of stress. Maybe that’s why they’re
becoming so popular in a world where stress is related to countless health issues.

How adaptogens work?

Adaptogens balance the hypothalamic-pituitary-endocrine axis. In a much, much simpler language this means that in the long term adaptogens work with your stress-response system to help your body adapt to stress and actually cause it to produce less stress hormones. And the amazing thing is – they do it without the unfortunate side effects most other stimulants such as coffee or alcohol cause (common effects: addiction, tolerance buildup, sleep disruption and blood sugar issues).

While all adaptogens help adapt the body to stressors and balance the immune system, they all have their own unique qualities as well. That’s why adaptogens can work brilliantly by themselves or when used with other
complementary adaptogens to unlock more wholesome benefits.

Stress response with & without Adaptogens

What are adaptogens good for?

Adaptogens can basically aid every system in your body that might need some support. Like our immune system that sometimes acts up, especially when it’s cold and rainy and you really want to be on a warm sandy beach!

Here are some of the many amazing benefits you may experience when introducing adaptogens into your life:

The bottom line is, adaptogens reintroduce balance to our bodies. If you’re tired for example, adaptogens will boost your energy. If you’re anxious, they’ll help you chill. And so on… Sounds unreal doesn't it? But we, and many others (like Gwyneth Paltrow who we LOVE), can vouch they do work. However, nothing is magic and combining them with a healthy lifestyle, sport activities and time outdoors can help you see results and become that annoying healthy person.

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