ADAPTOGENS WHAT ARE THEY?
Adaptogens are often talked about as the end-all and be-all for health, but it can be hard to know what exactly they are and why they are touted as being so beneficial for you. Adaptogens are herbs that can help the body deal with life’s stressors. They “adapt” their function according to the specific needs of the body. They stimulate the body’s hormonal response to improve the body’s functions and our overall health. They were first discovered when researchers discovered berries and seeds eaten by native hunters reduced their thirst, hunger, and exhaustion. They work by cutting through the body’s stress response. When our bodies undergo stress, it happens in three stages: alarm, resistance, exhaustion. The alarm phase is when our body first encounters the stressor and then begins to respond. Resistance is when the body sends out hormones so we can fight the stressor more effectively, like adrenaline when encountering something dangerous and unexpected, such as a moving car or a bear. Then as we begin to fatigue, we enter the phase of exhaustion. Adaptogens help to extend the resistance phase, so we are able to counteract the stresses of daily life more effectively.