If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that adaptability is paramount to survival. But sometimes we need a little help in that department. Enter adaptogens, a group of herbs reputed to help you adjust to and recover from physical and mental stress.
When faced with a stressor, your body goes through a three-stage response: alarm, resistance and exhaustion. Adaptogens “hack” your stress response, so to speak, by acting on your adrenal glands to produce an anti-depressive and anti-fatigue effect. This helps keep you in the resistance phase for longer — allowing you more clarity and energy before you peter out — after which they can help quell the severity of the exhaustion phase.
Here are some well-researched adaptogens to try.
|American Ginseng||Boosts memory, calmness and immunity|
|Ashwagandha||Reduces stress and anxiety|
|Goji Berry||Increases energy, and physical and mental performance|
|Licorice Root||Reduces stress|
|Rhodiola Rosea||Staves off physical and mental fatigue|
|Tulsi/Holy Basil||Reduces physical and mental stress and anxiety|
|Turmeric||Boosts brain function and reduces depression|