Relieve Stress With Adaptogens

When you’re under stress or your tank is empty, you could turn to medication to help with all that anxiety… but that’s so last year.

These days, people are turning to adaptogens to help their bodies adapt, no prescription needed.

An adaptogen is defined in the dictionary as, “a non-toxic substance and especially a plant extract that is held to increase the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress”. Three of the most popular adaptogens are: ginseng, rhodiola—or arctic root, and ashwagandha.

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“When we’re very stressed out the body releases a hormone called cortisol and adaptogens work to normalize the levels of cortisol in our body.” And there’s research to back the claims of effectiveness in everything from increasing mental performance to aiding in resistance to stress….and more, according to Dr. Jennifer wider.“Studies show that adaptogens can help people fight fatigue. They may help people that have trouble sleeping. They may boost our immune response.”

The FDA tells us it has “ no warnings” concerning “adaptogens as a supplement.” Dr. Wider says there can be complications if you take too much, and that adaptogens can potentially interfere with certain medications. So, check with your physician.

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