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Adapt..what? Yes adaptogens

Updated: May 4, 2020

And finally it is Spring! Which also means you’re undoubtedly being bombarded with new information about new diets and new products and new practices and new treatments that are guaranteed to do - fill in literally- any health-related blank. But what if the key to all of this is something that’s not new? Something that’s actually pretty ancient? Something you may not have heard about yet, but definitely something that should be on your radar?

Well, here's the answer: Adaptogens.

Easily one of the buzziest health terms around, adaptogens are also one of the least understood ingredients in self-care. But understanding what they are and how they work might just be the key to getting off on the right foot with your face this year and for years to come.

To qualify as an adaptogen, a herb must be completely safe and non-toxic, it must have broad uses for health, and it must specifically reduce stress, both mental and physical. To put it simply: adaptogens help you adapt. Adaptogens are adaptable to your system’s needs, adapting around the problem, hence the name. They can stimulate the body to enhance stamina or mental clarity (maca or ginseng), offer anti-inflammatory benefits (turmeric), boost immunity (astragalus) and calm stressed-out adrenals (like reishi or ashwagandha), all depending on what your body needs support with. Here are some examples you might be interested in taking notes as they demonstrate a significant adaptogenic activity:

Ashwagandha: Of all the medicinal plants used in India’s several millennia old tradition of Ayurveda, Ashwagandha, or Withania somnifera, is the most highly prized.