Adaptogens are very trendy right now, but what are they, and what are they for? How can you incorporate them into your life to help boost your mood and your health?
What are Adaptogens?
Adaptogens are made from herbs or mushrooms, and you can get them in powders, teas, capsules, and other products. They help your body “adapt” to everyday stressors. There are dozens of adaptogens, so you should consult your doctor before adding any to your routine.
How can you use Adaptogens?
One of the easiest ways to incorporate adaptogens into your life is by adding them to your morning coffee or tea. Some adaptogens come in tea form already. When we were in-studio, we loved sharing adaptogenic teas at the end of our Bliss Break classes. You can also get adaptogens in powdered form, or already mixed with coffee that will help you start your morning with a good outlook. There are even adaptogenic gummies!
You should use specific adaptogens that can support the benefits you want in your life. Here are some of the most common and available and how they can help.
Common Adaptogens and What They Do
- Ashwagandha – One of the most common adaptogens. Can help with sleep, anxiety, and stress. It’s also great for sleep, so taking this at night is ideal. Try a gummi or tea as part of your nighttime routine.
- Astragalus – Good for immune, liver, and cardiovascular support. Take with your daily multivitamin, but check with your doctor before adding this to your regimen.
- Holy Basil – Also known as Tulsi, this adaptogen has numerous benefits, including as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and anti-stress. This herb can also help support your brain, liver, and heart. Holy Basil tea has a light flavor, perfect for a gentle morning.
- Ginseng – Another adaptogen with so many benefits including antioxidant effects, immune and heart support, and it can improve feelings of calmness, as well as mental clarity. You can make tea with the root or take as capsules throughout the day.
- Rhodiola – Helps with cognitive function and stress management, and can be taken as a capsule or tincture.
- Reishi – A type of mushroom that is another very common adaptogen due to all its benefits. This adaptogen can offer immune support, assist in stabilizing blood sugar, is a powerful antioxidant, and may have cancer fighting properties. Reishi tea has a mild earthy flavor and can also be taken as capsules or a tincture.
- Turmeric – Everyone knows about golden milk these days and there is a reason! Turmeric is not only a delicious spice, but it has immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. This adaptogen can also help with decreasing pain and may help with depression symptoms. Start your day with a turmeric latte, or sprinkle ground turmeric into your eggs for a burst of flavor and goodness for your body.