E: Have you heard of adaptogens? I recently started doing more research into how to reduce my “stress.” I’ve been told several times that stress may be a reason why my skin breaks out and why I can’t seem to shake off that weight around my tummy. People tell me, “just relax!,” or “don’t stress.” Thinking about not stressing out, stresses me out! Isn’t that usually the case, when someone tells you “don’t eat ice cream,” the first thing you want to do is go to Baskin Robbins.
Using adaptogens wasn’t something that I looked for as the only way to reduce stress, that would be unrealistic. I don’t believe in cure all gimmicks. I’ve recently changed my work outs, have made a stronger commitment to eating healthy (mostly raw/vegan), am trying to meditate in the mornings (download the “headspace” app) and recently switched to a less stressful job (bye bye non-profit world). I discovered adaptogens as I was surfing the web doing research on how adrenals regulate your hormones. I came across information on how natural herbs can help. Several studies show that detoxification of the liver helps detox adrenals which in turn helps regulate cortisol and our hormones. I came across a video by Dr. Josh Axe on his you tube channel on cleansing the adrenal system, and starting snooping on his channel. Adaptogens are something he and his partner talk about frequently in several videos: on reducing stress, on losing weight, on improving acne, etc.. What I enjoy reading and listening to (as I’m working out in the mornings- I watch you tube videos sometimes) is that there are many ways to help our body improve its function with natural herbs, essential oils, and “ancient medicine.” I much rather address the root or cause of my problem than to take antibiotics or topical creams for acne that will only disrupt my body more! I highly recommend doing your own research, but I wanted to share the links below and share the products I’m trying. So far I’ve noticed a slight change and feel in a better mood overall. I’ll have to update you more the further along I get into using these products.
Dr. Josh Axe’s article talks about what adaptogens are, and his 7 favorite herbs.
Here is the link to his you tube: Dr. Josh Axe
Here is a link to the product I’m trying. It’s linked to Amazon, in case you want to read more reviews and see how much it costs. It’s definitely cheaper on amazon. I like that it has 100% organic ingredients, non-gmo, and natural herbs. If you go to a vitamin shoppe you can find the several individual herb sold by various brands, but this formula here has several of them combined. Let me know if you find a better one with most of the herbs in one.
I’m sharing the image from Dr. Axe’s website on his favorite adaptogenic herbs, not noted here is schisandra which I understand is also great. Basically it says gingseng, holy basil, ashwagandha, astragalus root, licorice root, rhodiola, and cordycep mushrooms.
I started drinking turmeric tea in the mid-afternoons which also has holy basil, and ginger in it. Turmeric is supposed to help reduce inflammation, and so it makes sense that the this particular tea mix would include holy basil and ginger which help reduce cortisol which is linked to inflammation. Helps me relax as I settle into finishing up my work and before I start my second part of my day (commuting home, rushing to make dinner etc.)
This is the brand I’m using:
Anyways, just sharing some of the shenanigans I’m up to. Hope you are doing well and remember that food is medicine. Send me your feedback @ firstname.lastname@example.org