Adapting to the modern world using adaptogens

Do you often feel stressed? We all know that sustained stress isn’t healthy for us. But when there is a constant pressure to “stress less”, inner calm can feel like an impossible mind-state to achieve.

There are many effective ways of helping us to deescalate our stressed nervous systems: journalling our thoughts and concerns, practising mindfulness or meditation, exercising, and even taking time out to gain perspective - these can all have powerful de-stressing effects.

However there is another easy way to help your body respond positively to the challenges of modern living - taking an adaptogenic herb. The term ‘adaptogen’ comes from their application in supporting the body in it’s adaptive response to stress - be it emotional or physical.

Studies show that adaptogens can increase mental alertness, reduce fatigue and improve work performance. Their effects appear to be multiple - from influencing GABAergic systems and exerting a calming effect on the brain, to reducing excitation in the nervous system through their role as a calcium antagonist. Simply put, adaptogenic herbs help us thrive under pressure.

Rhodiola rosea is one such adaptogen. The root is the part of the plant which has been studied for therapeutic benefits. Roots and rhizomes have a slow growth cycle and can only typically be harvested from plants that are 5 to 7 years old. Research shows that this herb can be helpful in the reduction of self-reported anxiety, stress, anger, confusion and depression, as well as significantly improving overall mood within just 14 days.

Withania is another widely used adaptogen. It is believed to protect the brain from stress-induced damage, improve mood and support the immune system.

At Habitude we believe in a holistic approach to health, where adaptogens can be a powerful part of your daily stress management. If you would like to learn more about our holistic health packages follow this link: https://habitude.co.uk/packages

Habitude’s adaptogenic product of the month is:

Rhodiola Complex 60c (Biomedica) - 1-2 per day after breakfast

Disclaimer: The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, particularly if taking any medication. This is a safety precaution to ensure there are no drug-nutrient-herb interactions.

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