Beginners Guide to Adaptogens

Adaptogens are the newest rage in the wellness world. Everyone wants adaptogens in their diet but what actually are adaptogens? 


 Adaptogens are a combination of herbs or vegetables that target specific ailments. They are ground into powders and added to an individual’s diet to improve their energy, cognition, stress, sleep-disorders etc. Before modern medicine, people have used these herbs therapeutically to heal chronic and acute illnesses for centuries. Some can be eaten as part of a meal, brewed in teas and others can be taken as a supplement. As we are becoming more aware of stressors to our body and the side effects of taking too many medications, many individuals are turning towards adaptogens that target specific areas of your body. 


 Below is a list of common adaptogens and their benefits! 


Ashwagandha


Ashwagandha is one of the most common adaptogens that is used today. Previously used in Ayurvedic medicine, it has been used for thousands of years as a tool to relieve stress, increase energy and sharpen concentration. Ashwagandha is also high in withanolides, which have been proven to have anti-inflammatory effects


Ashwagandha can be found in our Energy Boost because of its ability to improve concentration and lower stress.


Reishi Mushrooms


Unlike adaptogens like ashwagandha, reishi mushrooms are exactly as they seem- a mushroom. However, the potent affects of these mushrooms are much more significant than those of its more common cousin the portabello. Reishi mushrooms have been shown to improve the immune system, specifically white blood cells. White blood cells are an essential part of your immunity and fighting both chronic and acute disease. Reishi mushrooms have also been studied for their cancer-fighting affects. 


Our Immunity Boosts made with water lentils also features reishi mushrooms. These have been included because of their incredible affects on the immune system!


Ginseng


Ginseng is among the most popular of adaptogens. It is mainly known for its ability to improve cognitive function and increase energy levels. Studies have been done to prove that it can reduce fatigue and stimulate activity in people with fatigue. This is why we’ve added it to our Energy Boost!


Turmeric


Turmeric and its powerful compound, curcumin, have been widely discussed and studied recently. Curcumin has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce your risk for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. As well as containing anti-inflammatory properties, it also is an antioxidant. Antioxidants prevent oxidation of free radicals that can cause harm within your body. Through both its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, turmeric can prevent acute and chronic diseases. Turmeric is found in our Digestive Boost


Ginger


Similar to turmeric, ginger contains a specific compound that provides incredible medicinal benefits to our bodies called gingerol. Ginger has been shown to have benefits for everything from nausea to muscle soreness to osteoarthritis to lowering blood sugar levels! Ginger can also soothe indigestion and stomach discomfort, which makes it a perfect addition to our Digestive Boost. As well as all of these other benefits, ginger contains an active ingredient that can lower one’s risk of infectionGinger has also been included in our Immunity Boost!