How Adaptogens Can Help You Manage Stress
We are living in a time of rising stress and stress has a siginificant impact on both our mental and physical health. The effects of stress can be seen through a variety of symptoms such as anxiety, depression, irritability, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue and of course the more commonly known stress-related health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms and the like. Thankfully there are natural remedies we can use to help us manage our stress and one very potent remedy is the use of adaptogens.
What Are Adaptogens?
Adaptogens are a select group of plants that have powerful properties to help our bodies cope with the stressors of modern life. The most thoroughly researched adaptogens are Panax Ginseng, American Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Eleuthro, Schisandra, Rhodiola, Shilajit, Rhaponticum and Cordyceps but other adaptogens have also been successfully used in traditional medicines for hundreds of years. By definition adaptogens must be non-toxic and safe for long-term use.
Adaptogens As A Tool For Stress Management
Taking regularly adaptogens have been shown to be an effective tool for stress management. They help your body by increasing your ability to resist stress and decreasing your sensitivity to stressors that are thrown at you in every day life. This happens through the way they affect your hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.
The HPA axis is a major neuroendocrine system within the body that controls your reactions to stress and also regulates a number of your body's other processes like digestion, mood and emotions, sexuality, energy storage and expenditure, and immunity.
When you experience challenging and stressful situations, your body senses this as a perceived threat. Your hypothalamus works as an alarm system for your body and when it senses a threat it sets off the alarm. The alarm takes the shape of a release of a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.
This was a handy response for humans to have when we needed to react quickly and run very fast away from animals that wanted us for lunch! Now this alarm is going off constantly from stress at work, relationship issues, financial worries and the exercise we undertake. Our body treats all stress the same regardless of the source so it can easily build up across our weeks.
Taking adaptogens on a regular basis allows for the adaptogens to build up in your body over time and block some of the cortisol response that is usually released when we are experience challenging and stressful situations. The alarm is not going off so loudly and the hormonal disruption to your body is minimised. Adaptogens also help return your body to homeostasis quicker once the stressful events have passed, so you are not in a state of alert for so long with the associated elevated levels of cortisol. If you would like to dive deeper into exactly how the stress response works you can find out more here - The Stress Response and Adaptogens.
Adaptogens can be taken orally in the form of capsules, tablets, tinctures, teas and also in the form of tasty functional beverages! Adapt Drinks Relax is a new adaptogenic drink that has been designed specifically to help you unwind and destress at the end of the day. It does this through the inclusion of two key adaptogens:
- Schisandra berry - is a an adaptogenic herb that has shown to help manage stress by decreasing levels of cortisol in the body and by increasing levels of GABA, which is a neurotransmitter that has a calming effect on the nervous system.
Panax ginseng - is an adaptogen that has been shown to be effective for improving mood, immunity, and cognition. This herb has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and is also thought to improve energy levels, stamina, and focus.
Regular consumption of these adaptogens has been found to have a calming effect and reduce stress over the long term. Adapt Drinks Relax aslo helps you destress in the short term with the inclusion of the amino acid L-theanine, which promotes relaxation without drowsiness, to help take the edge off a busy or stressful day.
If you are keen to try more adaptogenic based drinks, you can check out these other great drinks on Hits Different that also contain adaptogens:
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition. It is not medical advice and is general in nature. Consult your doctor before commencing any new exercise or diet program.
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