During any given day, our minds and bodies come in contact with many different stressors. Some of these stressors are acute and healthy, whereas other stressors can be chronic and extreme to the point where they interfere with our daily lives.
Chronic stressors can come in many forms. Some examples of chronic stressors can include ongoing pain, frequent infections, fatigue, poor digestion and even inter-relational issues which can affect our mood and emotional state.
A great way to combat these negative effects of stress in our lives is by using adaptogenic foods. Adaptogens are specific herbs and mushrooms that improve the body’s response to stress. They have the ability to ease our tension and make our body and mind more resistant to stressful situations.
When taken consistently, adaptogens can help the body to regain homeostasis and come back into a balanced state, helping us to deal with stress and to ultimately show up in life as our best selves.
Today we want to introduce you to 7 adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms and what they are good for.
Ashwagandha - This is one of the most popularly used and widely known adaptogens. This herb is used to to help the immune system, increase energy levels during the day, and promote restful sleep at night. Better sleep and more energy leads to balanced stress levels.
Turmeric - Curcumin is the chemical compound that is primarily responsible for the protective properties of turmeric root. When taken consistently, turmeric helps to combat inflammation, aids in muscle recovery after a workout, and helps to regulate mood by balancing chemicals in the brain.
Reishi - Reishi is one of the most powerful adaptogenic mushrooms to take during flu season, as it is very supportive to the immune system. It also has been shown to help relieve stress and improve focus.
Cordyceps - A great mushroom to consume pre-workout is cordyceps because of its ability to boost endurance and overall performance. It has been used traditionally to treat many illnesses including kidney disease, cardiac dysfunction, and chronic fatigue.
Chaga - Known for its ability to boost the immune system and to fight against oxidative stress, which helps the body stay youthful.
Rhodiola - Another good herb to use, especially before a workout. This herb has been shown to aid with fatigue, energy, and athletic performance. It has also been used in treating symptoms of depression.
Maca - This popular adaptogen has been used for centuries to treat a variety of concerns. It has been shown to provide nourishment to the skin, aid in collagen production, and balance hormones. It is also known for its ability to increase mental and physical energy as well as libido.
Adaptogens are plant based, gentle on the body, and non-toxic when consumed in appropriate amounts. They work best when taken consistently over a long period of time. A few ways to incorporate them into a daily food plan is in whole form, as a capsule, or as a powder.
Here at EpitomeFit, we love using Four Sigmatic’s Adaptogen Blend Mix to get our daily dose of adaptogenic mushrooms and herbs. It contains reishi, chaga, ashwagandha, along with a few other herbs and mushrooms to help bring your body back into balance and to better cope with the daily stresses in life. Click here to view their Adaptogen Blend Mix.
If you’d like more information on adaptogens or others foods you can include in your diet to improve your quality of life, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.