Are you at a point where you feel completely mentally and physically drained?
While stress is an inevitable part of our lives, if you let it accumulate daily without taking time to unwind and destress, then chances are your body is going to take a major toll.
Our adrenal glands, the small glands located above each kidney, pump out stress hormones, like cortisol, in response to stress. In small amounts, it won’t cause much harm as our body needs stress hormones. However, if stress is a constant in your life and your adrenal glands are pumping out cortisol a little too frequently, then you may experience something called adrenal fatigue. Check out this blog post to learn all about it.
Some symptoms of adrenal fatigue include: exhaustion, even after a full night’s rest, cravings for sweet and salty foods, and a low mood.
While exercise and eating the right foods can certainly go a long way in helping to support the adrenals, there’s something else that provides the ultimate in adrenal support; adaptogens of course!
In this article, we talk more about how these stress superheroes, as well as share our top 5 adaptogenic herbs!
What are adaptogens and how can they help the body?
Adaptogens are the herbal equivalent of synthetic pharmaceuticals. But they don’t come with the potentially nasty side effects, and you don’t need a prescription to start taking them – hallelujah!
They work by counteracting the negative effects of stress on the body. Adaptogenic herbs store up in your body and are released in response to a flood of stress hormones. What we love about adaptogens is that when you feel unable to help yourself; when you’re too tired to even do a workout or you can’t focus on meditation, they are there for you! All you have to do is take them.
Of course, stress contributes to internal inflammation, increasing your risk of disease, so not only will adaptogens help you to feel better, but they will also help to protect you against disease.
Our favourite adaptogenic herbs!
This is an adaptogen that we absolutely adore, and there’s a good chance it’s probably in your kitchen right now! Use this bright, sunny-hued spice to whip up delicious golden milk to help calm and soothe.
For thousands of years, this ancient medicinal herb has incredible calming effects on the body. As well, it may help to support the body’s natural rejuvenation process. This all-natural “anti-anxiety” aid proved its effectiveness through a study, which showed a great reduction in anxiety in 88% of participants who took it.
This exotic berry can reduce stress-related fatigue, and is a natural detoxifier with a mild sedating effect.
Ginseng is known to increase your ability to adapt to environmental factors that are out of your control. It helps to regulate hormonal changes due to stress, as well as give the immune system a boost!
Since this particular adaptogenic herb can help the body better manage stress and boost mental performance, it can be especially helpful when chronic stress affects your concentration.
In supplement form, a great option is Bounce Back Adrenal Recharge. This blend of adaptogenic herbs, vitamins and amino acids can help recharge and recharge your body. Learn to love your adrenals!
For those interested in herbal tinctures, this Stress remedy is a rejuvenating tonic completed with Siberian ginseng, rhodiola, ashwagandha and linden. Take care of both your physical and mental health with this little gem.