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Understanding Adaptogens

Adaptogens are non-toxic plants that help the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical or biological. These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions, and are having a bit of a “come back” today - as we are all looking for ways to minimize & combat the impact of daily stress.

How Adaptogens Work

Adaptogens help your body, through the HPA axis, stabilize your existing cortisol levels and regulate their production. Essentially, they help teach your body how to reach equilibrium again.

What Adaptogens Do

While they don’t take away the stress, they act on the cortisol curve—how your cortisol naturally undulates throughout the day—and help it recalibrate so that it better supports your body in a way that more closely mimics your true biological needs.

Adaptogens & Stress

If your body is amped up, the right adaptogenic herb blend will help bring your cortisol curve down. If it’s too low and you’re depleted, you can take a different blend or a different dose and bring your energy bank back up.

Some of their greatest power is that they don’t just impact one organ, they have the ability to affect multiple or an entire system. In doing so, they help the body to balance itself and support a broad range of natural functionalities like cognition, mood, thyroid and adrenal health, memory, and stress relief.

Adaptogens Health Benefits

Recognizing the possibly out-of-balance level of cortisol in the blood, adaptogens interact with the hormone to normalize it and change the internal physiology. This reduction (or occasionally, increase) in cortisol allows the individual to get back on the path to feeling normal again.

And it’s not just dangerously high-stress levels that adaptogens can help with but a magnitude of other health-related issues. However, the process of the adaptogen counteracting what is going on inside your body and improving overall health remains the same.

How Long To Take Adaptogens

We recommend working with an adaptogen (or better yet, a blend) for at least three months to truly see & feel how they are working for you. Adaptogens are not quick-fixes and have a more subtle effect.