Adaptogenic herbs are those that have constituents that help our bodies to adapt to stress. They do this by exerting a non-specific but normalizing effect on the body and have an anti-fatigue effect helping you to increase your mental work capacity. They also support the functioning of our thyroid and adrenal glands (where cortisol is produced) for an appropriate stress response.
And who doesn’t need a little support with stress?
I learned about these herbs early in my nutrition studies but didn’t start taking them myself until more recently. What I have learned is that it takes time to test out the benefits of these herbs and find the ones that work the best for your own needs and physiology.
I have found a blend that works for me. So, I’d like to share with you some of the common adaptogens and their benefits so that you can explore how you might incorporate them into your own routine.
I usually recommend adding these in as a tea or in supplement form. As always, please be sure to check with your licensed healthcare practitioner before adding any supplements to your diet. Also, feel free to book a free 20-minute discovery call with me here to discuss.
Numerous studies support its use to support a person’s ability to withstand chronic stress. In addition, it supports mental function and has also been shown to improve fasting blood sugar levels and help support weight loss.
Used in Ayurvedic medicine for 2500 years and its benefits on stress response have been studied for decades – it’s immune modulating and helps with anxiety, cognition, improved lipid levels, inflammation and arthritis.
Increase energy and endurance and boost the immune system. I recommend looking for the DGL form so that it doesn’t cause sodium retention and potentially contribute to HBP in susceptible individuals.
This is a powerful medicinal mushroom that helps to support energy production to help maintain constant energy levels.
Remember, some of these will suit you more than others depending on your physiology and your needs. And sometimes it’s a combination of herbs can provide you with the results you’re looking for.
Want to learn more about how to incorporate adaptogens into your nutrition, supplement and lifestyle routine? Book a free 20-minute discovery call with Bonnie here.