If you’re a regular Healthier Talk reader, you know we get excited about bringing you the latest in cutting-edge health information and the hottest new breakthroughs on the market.
Ironically, that sometimes means getting the word out about ancient approaches that have been around for centuries. And that just happens to be the case with adaptogens.
We’ve been sharing information with you about adaptogens for years now. But they suddenly seem to be on the lips of everyone these days.
Which has a left many folks wondering what in the world they actually are. If you’re one of them, don’t worry we can help.
Stop stress in its tracks with powerful adaptogens
Adaptogens are powerful plants which can help your body deal with stress.
Your body reacts to stress with what scientists call the fight-or-flight response. When you’re suddenly faced with a stressful situation, your system becomes flooded with adrenaline, norepinephrine and finally cortisol.
These hormones literally prepare you to stand up to the thing causing you stress (fight) or run from it (flight). Then, with the situation handled, your body quickly returns to normal. Or at least it’s supposed to.
Unfortunately, our bodies aren’t exactly designed for life in the 21st century.
The fight or flight response was perfect when our ancestors were faced with the stress of battling or running from a saber tooth cat. But today’s stressors are different. We’re forced to think about things our ancestors couldn’t even imagine.
Stress takes a toll on your health
Worries about finances, work, family, health, politics and even traffic keep us in a near constant state of low level stress.
But your body can’t tell the difference between that big cat and the traffic so it’s still reacting by pumping out those stress hormones. And over time the stress, and your body’s reaction to it, can take a serious toll on your health.
There’s a reason cortisol has earned the nickname “the aging hormone.” Constant exposure to excess cortisol wreaks havoc with your immune system, increases your blood pressure and even affects your brain’s ability to function.
Eventually you can start to develop headaches, memory loss, brain fog, heart disease and more. Meanwhile, overexposure to adrenaline can lead to adrenal fatigue.
But this is where an adaptogen can help.
Adaptogens help take the edge off stress
Experts say adaptogens change how your body responds to stress. The natural herbs help moderate your body’s reaction to the stress hormones, dialing back the response. You can think of it as softening the edges, so you’re better able to handle the stress.
To experience the benefits of adaptogens yourself look for supplements offering adrenal support or stress relief. Then check the labels for some of our favorites:
- Holy basil
- Panax ginseng
- Ginseng eleuthro
- Schisandra berry extract
Stress is a slow motion killer. It starts by quietly stealing away your quality of life and then, over time, it steals away your health too. Fight back with an ancient remedy with very modern health benefits: adaptogens.