Adapt or what? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately because I’ve had several people tell me that they don’t need adaptogens. Hmmmm...Interesting. Honestly, I’m not sure there’s a person walking this planet that doesn't need plants, and adaptogens in particular, especially with what has happened in our world over the course of the last two and half years. You see, things are changing, and we’ve got to change with them!
Adaptogens are a special set of select herbs, roots, berries and mushrooms that help our body manage stress and restore balance in stressful situations. Additionally, they are natural immune boosters and energy enhancers, and overall great for all the bodies systems: cellular, endocrine, adrenal, etc. Think of them as the great equalizers to what the body needs the most: Homeostasis.
The reason adaptogens even exist is because they’re resilient, but how do they do it? Not by resistance, not by withering and dying, and certainly not by giving up, but they just simply adjust and adapt to their ever changing environment.
The world doesn’t quit spinning for a plant and it doesn’t for us either. We don’t live in a stress FREE world, we live in a stress FULL one; and no one escapes stress, but we can learn how to manage it, work with it, and even live a happy life with it! Because after all, not all stress is bad.
We have a lot to learn from our plant friends, like how they change their DNA, upgrade their phytochemicals and in the end…. Survive.
Sure, our bodies have done it over time, too. We get viruses, our bodies learn to handle them, and we move on; stronger & better. But what if we worked closer and more consciously with the intelligence between our own bodies and the intelligence of a plant? What if we could incorporate THEIR learning into OUR systems and adapt a little more wisely? Imagine upgrading all the systems in your own body to hold more power, more strength, more energy and more resilience.
Adaptogens have been used for centuries for all this and more. So not only are they our future, but they’re incorporated into our past as well. Science is now pushing to the foreground what ancient medicine has always known. (We’re seeing this more and more with sound, vibration, herbs, breathing, etc.)
Paracelsus, the Swiss physician, alchemist, and philosopher of the German Renaissance, once wrote, “Experience is the judge; if a thing stands the test of experience, it should be accepted; if it does not stand the test, it should be rejected”.
With that, adaptogens have proved over and over that they are worthy of our attention and should be a necessity in our diets.
Now marinate on this: What you ingest, you have to digest. Your body processes it, integrating along the way what it needs. Sometimes it needs less of this, and more of that. (Okay, it always does.) The constant battle going on inside your body is the fight for homeostasis - a place of balance, a place of peace, and that overall “I’m okay” feeling. I’d love to say “enter the magic of adaptogens” but the truth is, everything is magic until you understand the science behind it. Read that again…
Additionally, studies show that utilizing adaptogens creates a "balanced" effect in our bodies; and here's some proof:
Evidence-based efficacy of adaptogens in fatigue, and molecular mechanisms related to their stress-protective activity
“Good scientific evidence has been documented in trials in which Schisandra chinensis and Eleutherococcus senticosus increased endurance and mental performance in patients with mild fatigue and weakness. Based on their efficacy in clinical studies, adaptogens can be defined as a pharmacological group of herbal preparations that increase tolerance to mental exhaustion and enhance attention and mental endurance in situations of decreased performance. The beneficial stress-protective effect of adaptogens is related to regulation of homeostasis via several mechanisms of action associated with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the control of key mediators of stress response such as molecular chaperons.”
“In light of more recent research, adaptogens are redefined as “metabolic regulators which increase the ability of an organism to adapt to environmental stressors and prevent damage to the organism by such stressors.”
So, all in all, what I’m saying is -Adapt Wisely, and consider adding adaptogens to your diet.
Oh! And welcome to the future!
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