Adaptogens are the number one wellness trend at the moment but, despite gaining lots of media attention recently they have been used for centuries. Adaptogens protect the body from the effects of stress which is probably the biggest health issue of our time. They offer support for the body’s natural resistance to any influences that harm the body, from illness to over zealous exercise.
What Are Adaptogens?
Adaptogens have been used for centuries in many forms of medicine including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. To be an adaptogen, the herbs and mushrooms have to be non-toxic to the body’s physiological functions, offer widespread support, and help bring the body back to equilibrium. There are different types:
- • Some adaptogens like ginseng and maca stimulate the body, enhancing mental performance, and physical stamina.
- • Others, like reishi, and ashwagandha help calm the body and soothe the adrenals when they’re super stressed.
- • Herbs like anti-inflammatory turmeric, have some adaptogenic properties but that’s not their primary effect.
How Do They Work?
Adaptogens support your adrenals, the glands that manage your hormonal response to stress and help you cope with anxiety and fatigue. The best thing about them is that they work with your needs specifically – adapting their function to your body’s needs.
How Do You Take Them?
Adaptogens come in lots of different forms, from pills to tinctures and powders that can be added to water, smoothies and teas. Many people take adaptogens almost every day, while others will take them several times a day based on their needs. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t see a difference straight away – adaptogens are powerful but slow acting so it may take a few weeks to feel the benefits.
Some of our favourite anti-stress and fatigue fighters include:
Grown: A range of health tonics that makes it easy to add mushrooms and helpful herbs to your day. This British brand’s range includes the Grown Morning Adaptogen to energise; Grown Evening Adaptogen to calm; and the Grown Mushroom Tonic to balance.
Four Sigmatic: The health benefits offered by functional mushrooms are available via Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Coffees, Cocoas and Elixirs. Blend their products with a cup of hot water and nut milk or mix them into smoothies and shakes.
The Nue Co: Using solely organic foods to deliver each nutrient, The Nue Co Power Up teams maca with a natural caffeine hit while the The Nue Co Defence Drops uses adaptogenic schisandra and eleuthero to boost your immune system.