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‘Adaptogens’ help us to better manage how we react and adapt to change which goes a long way towards reducing stress." These are unique herbs that support your adrenal system. They help balance your hormones, so you can manage your stress response on a day to day basis. They adapt to what your body needs and have the ability to regulate your system up or down depending on the need in the moment.
We can turn to ‘Mother Nature’ to help us fight stress the natural way. This is thanks to this magical herb ‘Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera).
Why this adaptogen is our best friend?
It’s easy to see why the demand for SANITA’s Ashwagandha Root Extract Powder has increased over the months as its beneficial effects are experienced by those who consume it and the evidence to support its use is still growing. This Ayurvedic herb has been used for over 3,000 years as a stress reliever and to support energy and concentration. It is considered as the most powerful herb in Ayurveda and is most well-known for its restorative and rejuvenating benefits. Numerous clinical trials have shown it to maintain healthy cortisol levels, support physical and mental stamina and help cope with stress by boosting adrenal function.
This herbal magician has been prescribed regularly by naturopaths, mainly because it fits our modern, social platform. This is because it helps balance us out in supporting the body copy with all types of stress – physical, chemical or biological and its our contemporary lifestyle.
Anxiety, adrenal exhaustion and burnout, fatigue, low stamina, poor performance, depression, headaches, sexual dysfunction or fertility issues, poor immunity, gastrointestinal complaints, advanced ageing, poor cognition, mental performance and sleep disturbances are all signs that your body is pushing beyond its acceptable ‘fight or flight’ mode – and it can be detrimental to your wellbeing
Firstly, lets address what is stress?
It is one of the most common word used today! We can safely say that we don’t need a scientific study for each of us to understand what stress is. In everyday simple terms, it is a feeling that people have when they are overloaded and struggling to cope with demands. It is a normal and unavoidable part of life - from arguing with a loved one to looming assignment or work deadlines - and all of us at one time or another have experienced it.
Technically, stress is almost anything that causes the body or mind to move from a balance state (known as homeostasis) to an imbalanced state.
But you might have never considered that this means stress can be things such as
1. The struggle for constantly balancing some mix of home, school, work, family, friends, children, health, money, relationships, diet, exercise, and more – all of which puts demands on our minds and bodies.
2. Money - Loss of job, medical expenses and retirement
3. Relationships - Arguments with friends, loneliness, divorce or death of spouse
4. Job Pressure – Workplace tension, bosses and work load
5. Poor Nutrition – Inadequate nutrition, processed foods, refined sugars and caffeine.
6. Sleep Deprivation - Stress hormone imbalance and being kept awake at night by stressors needed to help your body’s unique needs and stressors. They have been found to augment resistance to stress and increase concentration, performance and endurance during fatigue
While it’s never the same for any one person, each of us has a limit. When we exceed this limit, we tend to say we are stressed out!. All of these events can cause an imbalance in the body and mind.
What happens to the body when we become stressed?
On a cellular level, it appears chronic stress shortens immune cell telomeres-DNA-protein complexes at the ends of chromosomes that promote genetic stability-impairing their ability to divide and multiply. This process may hinder the body's ability to fight off infection and cause premature onset of diseases, according to a study by Elissa S. Epel, PhD,an assistant psychiatry professor at the University of California, San Francisco.
The physical and psychological symptoms of stress can include a wide variety of symptoms that undoubtedly affect our physical and mental health:
Good thing we have ‘Mother Nature’ to help us out!
What is an adaptogen?
Adaptogens are substances that improve our resilience and help protect the body from the effects of stress. Adaptogens are also classified as substances that are harmless, have minimal side effects and have non-specific actions that positively affect overall function, therefore improving resilience in many ways.
During the second world war, Russian scientists were looking for ways to improve the resilience and performance of their soldiers. While scientific evidence supporting the use of herbal adaptogens has continued to grow since the 1940’s, there’s still much more we need to learn.
Plants sometimes have dozens of phytochemicals that work together, like a football team or an orchestra. They possess many interacting parts that have many different effects within the body. By definition, adaptogens never have just one action, making them very complex to study.
What do adaptogens do?
One of the characteristics of adaptogens is that they act as eu-stressors (good stressors). This means they gently stimulate the stress response to induce the body’s natural anti-stress mechanisms. This gentle stimulation acts as a sort of ‘stress vaccine’ that protects the body from future stressors. The only issue is that we need regular exposure to adaptogens to maintain the adaptive state.
Benefits of Taking Adaptogens
Adaptogens are not a magic pill and won’t make life’s ups and downs disappear. But they certainly help us to better manage how we react and adapt to change which goes a long way towards reducing stress.
Ashwagandha is considered an adaptogen, meaning it promotes balance in many different systems of the body. A natural remedy which is known to help support poor adrenal glands and promote good health in the long-term.
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