Stress can be quite a daunting experience. We often associate stress with drastic events in our lives but the truth is stress is a normal occurrence. A simple strain of a muscle or tendon, an acid reflux caused by deadlines, hunger, less sleep, and many more factors – the list would go on and on – can be causes and even effectual circumstances revolving around stress. You have to accept that so long as you live, stress is a regular part of life.
Physically, stress is a coping mechanism or reaction of the body to a certain stimulus. You need it but sometimes it goes overboard and affects how the body works, how stable your health becomes, and how mentally sound you are. Although stress is considered a normal part of life, the good news is that you can deal with it in ways that does not break the bank. Herbal adaptogens are nature’s answers to dealing with physical, mental, and emotional stress without side effects. Here are a list of herbal adaptogens
Tongkat Ali is a tree native to forests of Indonesia and Malaysia. It has gained popularity in the medical community due to its adaptogenic properties. Adaptogens help the body cope up to stress. Otherwise known as Eurycoma longifolia and longjack, Tongkat Ali is also an aphrodisiac that helps men cope up with stress targeted in treating the physical and emotional stress of low testosterone levels and erectile function issues. It has been named the Asian Viagra because of its ability to increase testosterone and promote virility. It also helps improve mental performance and soundness. As an added bonus, it increases your energy and promotes a positive mood.
Otherwise known as tulsi, holy basil is known in India an anti-aging elixir. The herb helps you fight fatigue and stress due to its adaptogenic abilities and helps boost your immune system, and regulate blood sugar, blood pressure, and hormone levels. Adaptogenic herbs do not directly affect the mood. Adaptogenic herbs such as Holy basil help the body function of adapt when it is under stressful situations.
Famous in Chinese medicine, Astragalus Root is one of the most potent herbs in terms of promoting immune functions. The herb is also an adaptogen that helps reduce inflammation as well as illnesses that are triggered by inflammation. Astragalus contains saponins and polysaccharides that reduce the inflammatory response and helps lower stress by reducing cortisol, thus, promoting faster recovery and soundness of mind. Astragalus promotes and protects cardiovascular health. The flavonoid content Astragalus Root serve as antioxidants that fight off free radicals and reduce plaque buildup in the arteries and the inner walls of the blood vessels. Astragalus has been known to boost immune function by boosting T-helper cells 1 and 2 that are necessary for fighting off pathogens. Its rich antioxidant content also contributes to its ability to strengthen the immune system and help the body recover and adapt to stressful conditions.
Rhodiola, also known as Rhodiola Rosea or golden root, is a potent natural adaptogen that helps the body, as well as the mind, adapt to stress and other physical and mental hurdles. This all-natural supplement boosts overall strength, resilience, immunity, and recovery to stress. Rhodiola help improves mental clarity, increase attention span, reduce mental fatigue, promote greater motivation to study and regulate sleep patterns. Its ability to improve permeability of the blood-brain barrier promotes normal and unobstructed transport of dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters that are essential for regulating cognition and mood, thus, improving concentration and memory. Rhodiola is a potent extract that helps your body adapt to stress in a natural way. It has also shown to help with exercise endurance and shorten muscle recovery time after heavy training sessions. It is considered a remarkable herb that has a history of amazing benefits. It is reputed to improve the nervous system, energy, mood, and immunity, and strengthen the nervous system and may help to boost concentration and memory capacity and promote mental clarity.
Cordyceps is harvested in the high mountainous regions of the world. Most species are found especially in parts of the Himalayas in China, considered to be the highest point in the world. Cordyceps are grown on the backs of caterpillars and are considered as exotic healing herbs. Cordyceps mushrooms are considered very rare in history considering that it can only be found at altitudes of 3,800 meters above sea level during certain seasons or times of the year, and it only grows in the specific part of the world where these rare caterpillars thrive. And despite this reputation of being hard to come by, it is considered to promote longevity and that is one of the reasons why it is such a prized and precious herb. The herb has adaptogenic qualities and has been reputed to help enhance the immune response of the body when it comes to serious illnesses.
Even if stress is a normal part of life, you can incorporate these herbs in order to lessen the effects and likelihood of stress. Add in exercise, a good diet, and good habits and on you’re on your way to a better day and a healthier you.
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