Adaptogens boost energy levels and help your body cope with stress.
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you’ll feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”Tony Robbins
Do any of these sound familiar:-
- Your life is constantly busy and you’re always racing from one thing to the next?
- Constantly on the go, juggling – very busy schedule? Panic about time.
- Energy levels not what they used to be?
- Too tired to do most things, even exercise that you know you should do?
- Feeling anxious?
- Not getting a good nights sleep, waking often?
- That extra band of fat around the middle, that you’re struggling to lose?
Then this might be of interest to you.
If your stressed and fatigued you might often reach for a coffee or some form of sugar, to give you a quick lift. Usually there’s a crash afterwards and to get that lift again you need more caffeine or sugar.
Your day could turn into a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows. There are other ways to get through the day – and one of my favorites is with “adaptogens,” the special herbs that help your body adapt to stress and resist fatigue.
In China and India the use of tonics to fortify health and promote longevity dates back thousands of year. Research on these tonic herbs called adaptogens began in 1947, which showed that they have remarkable health-protective properties and that they play an important role in helping strengthen resistance to the daily stresses of life.
Herbal adaptogens, like Siberian ginseng help your body to use energy more effectively and people from all walks of life who work hard and play hard have experienced these benefits.
They help strengthen your body’s response to stress and enhance its ability to cope with anxiety and fight fatigue – slowly and gently, without jolts or crashes like caffeine. The effects are initially subtle and although it may take time for the benefits to be felt, they are certainly real.
The use of herbal adaptogens to improve athletic performance became more widely known when it was reported that the 1994 Russian Olympic team had been using Siberian ginseng as part of their training problem (Eluethrococcus senticossus), they went on to win 11 gold medals.
Dr. Nikolai Lazarev defines an adaptogen ‘as an agent that allows the body to counter adverse physical, chemical, or biological stressors and allows the body to “adapt” to the stressful circumstances’ and use oxygen much more efficiently.
Extensive research and experiments done on Russian athletes using ginseng; ‘scientists have reliably demonstrated the value of adaptogens for increasing endurance and shortening recovery time from both training and sports injuries’.
Of course if adaptogens can benefit a well trained athlete, thenimagine how that can help you with your anxiety, ongoing exhaustion and stressful lives.
These are a few adaptogens you can consider using – Ashwaganda, Reishi, several types of Ginsengs, Licourice, Schizandra berries, Rhodiola and many others.
Ashwagandha (withania somnifera) is an ancient plant with an impressive 3000 year safety record. It’s highly prized by ayurvedic practitioners and western herbalists due to its reputation for strengthening your nervous system and increasing a person’s ability to cope with stress.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, it’s has calming and relaxing effects on your body and is most famous for its rejuvenating and nourishing qualities. By supporting the proper functioning of the adrenal glands, boosting immunity and improving brain function, it’s been used for many years as a remedy for insomnia, anxiety and stress. It has a reputation for boosting the immune system after long periods of illness or stress.
Scientists who studied the plant’s ability to reduce high levels of the stress hormone cortisol – participants reported reduced fatigue, improved sleep, and most impressive of all, a 26% reduction in cortisol levels. This has implications for many modern stress related conditions such as adrenal dysregulation/fatigue and burnout.
It has a reputation among athletes for helping to increase stamina and performance, those who work long hours. amazing ability to help improve memory and cognitive function, helpful for students during stressful exam periods.
Herbalists use adaptogens to support adrenal function, enabling cells to access more energy and helping them eliminate toxins and improve the body’s natural rhythms. Though they all work in these similar ways, each adaptogen has a distinct personality and unique medicinal qualities.
To find out more about how you can manage your stress, anxiety or energy levels please contact [email protected].