Adapto-what? And why do I need them?
Adaptogens are various plants that help support and improve our ability to overcome stressful situations.
They help overcome fatigue, stress, and improve memory and concentration. They support our body, not only to get the ‘to do’s‘done but in our times of restoration at night by balancing our hormones, improving sleep and giving our body a helping hand to rejuvenate our cells at night.
Our bodies are designed to respond to stress by releasing the hormone cortisol. The thing is, elevated cortisol levels over any length of time can lead to chronic stress and affect every system in our body – including our thyroid and adrenal glands.
We tend to define stress as being only emotionally stressed out but you can be mentally quite strong and still be physically feeling stress in your body. So please don’t think that you just need to be losing it to be ‘stressed’ because , just like being thirsty is a indication of already being dehydrated – being mentally or emotionally stressed is an indication of already having physical stress in your body for a long period of time.
The stress response hormone Cortisol is also known as the aging hormone.
That ‘fight or flight’ response is created by a rise in cortisol which stimulates your sympathetic nervous system and adrenal glands. What also happens in your body when this happens is a decrease in your digestion secretions and an increase in blood pressure.
This is fine when it happens once, as your body returns to its normal levels but when you experience this on a regular basis and several times a day this becomes your baseline.
Excess cortisol in your system can burnout your adrenal glands, upset your digestion, cause you to age quicker as well as add weight or maker it harder to lose and have low levels of energy, focus and concentration.
One powerful approach to naturally relieving stress or better yet – to help us adapt to it without impacting our stress response is by using adaptogenic herbs and plants.
Adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants: They help balance, restore and protect the body. An adaptogen helps you respond to any influence or stressor, normalizing your physiological functions.
The term of adaptogenic herbs or substances was first recorded in 1947 by a scientist, who used it to describe this non-specific effect that increases the body’s resistance to stress.
Adaptogens may do for your adrenal glands what exercise does for your muscles.
Exercise is a stress on our body and when we keep at it we train our body to become better at dealing with the stress. We get fitter so it doesn’t make us as tired or increase our heart rate as much.
When you take Adaptogens you’re training your body to handle the effects of stress.
Adaptogens tweak hormone production and physiological responses to stress to ensure that your body—from your mind to your immune system to your energy levels—functions as it should.