The Balancing Effect of Adaptogens
Designed to feed your beauty, health and overall wellbeing from the inside out with adaptogenic formulas, Eve is sharing a little more about what adaptogens are and what they can do for your health! Launching mid-November, go and explore the range now and sign up to be notified when The Balanced Pantry launches!
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I recently had a few sessions with a chiropractor for some neck & shoulder tension I was having, and every single time I walked into his office to be treated, he would ask, “How do you feel today? 1 is great, 10 is awful.” He would write my answer down, then he’d monitor how this changed over the weeks. And every time he asked me the question, it really made me think about it after I left the office. How do I feel today? How energetic am I; how calm am I? Do I feel centred and happy and confident? Do I feel tired and fuzzy?
The truth is that most of us walk around feeling ‘okay’ or ‘good enough’ most of the time. We might not have had quite enough sleep because we stayed up too late and had to get up early to get to work on time. Or maybe we had a particularly busy week at the office and didn’t have time to do much cooking in the evenings – so we relied on processed foods or pre-prepared meals from the supermarket. It’s so easy to fall into these habits, and very difficult to take care of all aspects of our health, all day, every day of our lives.
But, there are ways that we can boost our bodies and minds quickly and easily, to bring ourselves from ‘meh’ to ‘yeah’ without having to undergo a complete lifestyle overhaul.
If you’re natural-health-savvy, you’ve probably heard of ‘adaptogens’. In case you haven’t; adaptogens are a special class of herbs that exert a normalising effect on the adrenal system, helping to balance our hormones, boost our immune system & energy levels and regulate the body’s stress response. There are lots of adaptogens and they all have slightly different properties; but in order to be classed as an adaptogen, a herb must work in this way, by regulating the adrenal system to increase stress resistance and promote healthy physiological functioning. I take adaptogens daily to help balance my energy and stress levels, and generally, bring more ease and ‘groundedness’ to the way I feel day-to-day. My favourites are:
Ashwagandha is one of the most well-known adaptogens, and it has a plethora of health benefits. It’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich, and helps to modulate the body's response to stress by supporting the all-important adrenal system.
Reishi mushroom has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine, and with good reason! Reishi is a powerful immune-booster and a source of polysaccharides, balancing beta-glucan, and a host of heart-healthy compounds including ganoderic acids, mannitol and sterols. Reishi is used in tonics both to relieve stress and boost energy levels.
Rhodiola is another popular adaptogen and is known for a number of things; including promoting the production of red blood cells. Like ashwagandha, it works to bring balance to the adrenal system, helping to regulate hormones and support the body’s stress adaptation process.
So where can you find these magical herbs? You might have heard of the U.S brand ‘Moon Juice’, who make a range of adaptogenic formulas that can be added to smoothies or coffee/tea. Fortunately, now there’s an Australian-made version!
Balanced Pantry (created by myself and my beautiful Mum) will launch later this month with a range of five carefully-formulated adaptogenic blends (Love, Peace, Sunshine, Sparkle and Smart), each made with a specific purpose in mind.
Aside from adaptogens, I also take other herbs daily, such as maca and spirulina (not technically a herb but a bacteria..!) for their iron and protein content, respectively. Being a non-meat eater, I’m always looking for different ways to boost my mineral levels and bring balance to my body.
Do you take adaptogens or other herbs for health? What are some ways that you balance your energy and mood through your diet? I’d love to hear about them!