got stress? stop, drop, adapt

 My discovery of adaptogens has been extremely restorative for adrenal burnout, which may be trendy, but is a real thing tied to cortisol levels, which rise and fall due to stress. And, if we aren’t stressed by any big life stuff, we are likely still stressed by toxins, toxin information, overstimulation and negativity. 

I think of the adaptogens as full-body, healing tonic that smooths things out when life’s endless demands have created imbalance. These are what I turn to when I haven’t slept enough and feel scattered, am cycling between too high and too low, or I’ve been sick for awhile. Really, they are great to take everyday and potentially a multivitamin for acute stress, as well as the cumulative affects of stress as we get older.

According to Dr. Frank Lipman:

Adaptogens are a unique group of herbal ingredients used to improve the health of your adrenal system, the system that’s in charge of managing your body’s hormonal response to stress. They help strengthen the body’s response to stress and enhance its ability to cope with anxiety and fight fatigue – slowly and gently, without jolts or crashes. They’re called adaptogens because of their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to your body’s specific needs. Though the effects may initially be subtle and take time to make themselves felt, they’re real and undeniable.

Adaptogens balance things out. They work on normalizing cortisol and other hormones. Because the support the adrenal gland not only to they support mental health, they even out hormonal responses to stress so that it has less of a physical impact. What’s even better is that adaptogens change how they support your body based on your bodies specific needs. 

Adaptogens include: 

  • Eleuthro
  • Ashwagandha
  • Rhodiola Rosea
  • Holy Basil
  • Asian Ginseng
  • Schizandra

For me, ashwagandha has been life & thyroid changing. It provides me with stress relief and ends the crash caused by the affects of extreme stress. Along with rhodiola it helps me skip being anxious, revved up & filled with the jittery exhaustion that lack of sleep can cause. Often lack of sleep and stress go hand-in-hand whether you are dealing with a big life change or a sick child who keeps waking you up for nights in a row, it gets hard to calm and concentrate. Studies have shown the usefulness of each of these adaptogens in the stress & sleep arena. I’ve listen some studies at the end of the post. 

According to Gaia Herbs, holy basil is a better option than ashwagandha when your imbalance is deeper. Personally, I’ve found holy basil useful in this perimenopause-meets-pms phase that I seem to be entering. 😉 

If your burned out, it isn’t just an expression. Here is more information on adaptogens, a useful, natural safe tool to bring your body and mind back into balance.  

Please note that some advise caution for use of ashwagandha and holy basil for those with thyroid conditions. Some consider them herbs that balance thyroid disorders over time, but at least one study shows that they drive up thyroid activity. Holy basil can also impact blood sugar. Be informed, be advised and seek both inner and outside advice as needed. 

Overviews of Adaptogens:

Dr. Frank Lipman Talks Adaptogens

Medicine Hunter on Adaptogens

Adaptogens Studies: 

Ashwagandha Study

Rhodiola Study

Holy Basil Studies
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