What are Adaptogens?

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We can’t wait for you to discover the famous adaptogens, Reishi and Lion’s Mane from Nature’s Antidote, that we have curated for our Winter box!

In the modern-day world of health and wellness, “adaptogens” are beginning to gain quite a bit of attention. Adaptogenic herbs and roots are being offered in everything from supplements and tonics, to coffee, hot chocolate, and juice bars. But what are adaptogens?

Adaptogens are said to help the body overcome the influences of physical, chemical, or biological stressors.

They have been recommended by some practitioners to:

  • Improve attention
  • Increase endurance in situations caused by fatigue
  • Lower stress-induced disorders and impairments in the body
  • Balance hormone levels
  • Keep cortisol (the stress hormone) levels and other hormone levels in check
  • Fight fatigue that results from excessive physical or emotional stress 
  • Combat the impact that stress has on cognitive function
  • Stimulate mental performance that has been impacted by stress
  • Normalise body functions
  • Boost the immune system
  • Fight the symptoms caused by elevated cortisol levels (such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and obesity)
  • Increase physical stamina and improve energy levels
  • Improve the function of organs, such as the liver and adrenal glands
  • Improve the function of body systems, such as the gastrointestinal system

Each adaptogen claims to do something a little different, but on the whole, “adaptogens help your body handle stress,” says Dr. Brenda Powell, co-medical director of the Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute. Knowing that “Stress” has been dubbed the “Health Epidemic of the 21st Century”, these adaptogens could be a great place to start combating its impact on our emotional and physical health!

We have asked experimental food studio: Salty Studio, to share with us a great drink recipe using your adaptogen that you can find in your Winter Box! Discover the recipe here.