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Medicine Mondays - Adaptogens

Updated: Jan 12, 2020

Combat Stress, Fight Fatigue, Boost Your Mood..

Reishi, Cordyceps, Chaga, Maca, Ashwaghanda, Astragulus, Rhodiola and Ginseng may be difficult to pronounce and sound like something you wouldn’t want to eat, but these Adaptogens have the ability to improve your physical and mental performance, resilience to stress and illness, improve sleep, anxiety, energy levels, focus and calm the mind and elevate our mood.

Adaptogens are intelligent plants that work to support and upgrade your overall health and buffer the effects of stress. Unlike most solutions to fatigue, focus and endurance, they don't mask symptoms or create ‘false fire’ like sugar and coffee that soon burn out. They provide sustainable medicine that your body immediately recognizes and assimilates.

In fact they are called Adaptogens as they adapt and know where in our body we need them the most. For example Ashwagandha, aka Indian Ginseng, amazing for stress, gives you balanced energy if you take it in the morning and if you take it at night, it calms and relaxes you. Genius! it 'adapts', no pill can do that!

The stress supporting Adaptogens Tulsi and Rhodiola, buffer the effects of overworked adrenal glands and nourish them leaving you calm and grounded. If your burnt out, Astragulus can help you to bounce back so you stay on top of your game. For athletes or intense workouts, Chaga and Cordyceps provide endurance, stamina and strength. Adaptogens support your immune and nervous system during illness and trauma in our lives and help us to sleep soundly at the end of a stressful day.

They have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic, Chinese Medicine, African & Native American traditions and are roots, barks, berries, leaves and mushrooms. They can be prepared in a variety of ways and are grown in the wild, at high altitudes in the mountains and like our lives at times, in rocky terrains. It is said that is why they are able to support us in these ways as they grow in such harsh conditions and are resilient. I use these highly intelligent medicines daily to nourish and elevate my body, mind and spirit. They are amazing and I encourage you to try them too!

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