“A fundamental principle of life lies in adaptability. With everything in constant flux, every living being must constantly be adapting so as to harmonize with its environment.” Ron Teeguarden
Adaptogenic or adaptogen herbs are multiple functions herbs for strength, stamina, and stress relief. They don’t have only one specific function. They have been used for thousands of years, in some places they have been consumed as a daily brew for health, wellbeing, and longevity as they naturally restore and keep the body balanced by responding to the stressors that cause imbalances to our bodies by allowing our body to naturally regulate itself by transforming over-activity or under-activity into an optimal state.
They are used for physical, mental, and emotional balance.
To be considered an adaptogen the herb has to satisfy 3 criteria:
- It has to be safe and non-toxic.
- It has to have a multi-function healing action.
- It has to have a balancing effect. By bringing the organ or gland into an optimal state of functioning by helping it adapt to the environment and increase its ability to shield from stress and environmental harm.
Russian scientist Lazarev coined the term “adaptogen” in 1947 defining it as a mechanism that “allows a living organism to counteract any adverse physical, chemical or biological stress factors by generating no specific resistance and thus becoming adapted to the diversity demands imposed on it”
Benefits of adaptogens
- Have no negative long-term side effects.
- Boost immune system.
- Increase metabolism.
- Build vital organ strength.
- Nourishes and strengths the nerves.
- Improve energy levels, emotional stability, and mental clarity.
- Hormone Balance.
- Restore optimal health.
- Increase lifespan.
Top adaptogen herbs
In no particular order. Click on the name for videos with relevant information.
Please note that some mushrooms are toxic when ingested raw, however when cooked they lose their toxicity.
HERBS & FRUITS
Fo-ti, Ho Shou Wu, He Shou Wu
Shatavari, Asparagus Root
Holy basil (Tulsi)
Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)
When buying herbs and herbal supplements, please remember to always buy high-quality products. Many herbal supplements in the market are full of fillings that’s why you can’t see the desired results. So, if you find a supplier that has high-quality products stick with it!
It is very important to detox our body so we can listen to it. The body will always find a way to tell you when something isn’t right.
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