As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there are millions of health and diet fads in the world. It seems everyone has a new cleans, detox, weight loss plan, or miraculous substance that will revolutionize their health. Unfortunately, most of these are just that – fads. That’s one of the reasons I update this site: To learn and inform others about herbs, tonics, and resins that have been proven as beneficial so they don’t get lost in the mess of fads. In today’s blog post, I’m going to answer the question: “What are Adaptogenic herbs?” as well as discuss how they improve your health.
What Are Adaptogenic Herbs?
You most likely have never even heard of the term “adaptogenic.” But, many herbs are adaptogenic, and have been used in alternative medicine for thousands of years. Here is a simple definition of an adaptogen:
“Herbs or substances that stabilizes and improves our body’s ability to adapt to stress.”
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t met anyone who isn’t stressed in some way or another. Adaptogenic herbs are a great way to help our bodies to adapt to the stress we all experience. Adaptogens act as a stabilizer to decrease the negative effects that stress has on our bodies by allowing our bodies to access untapped energy, eliminating toxic substances, and improving our overall function.
Examples of Adaptogenic Herbs
There are countless adaptogenic herbs that have been used for thousands of years. Remember, before you start taking any herbs, you need to consult your doctor, as they can be extremely powerful. Here are examples of herbs that have adaptogenic properties, including my personal favorite – shilajit.
- Asian Ginseng
- Rhodiola Rosea
- Panax Ginseng
- Holy Basil
I hope I’ve answered your question: “What are adaptogenic herbs?” and that you are able to integrate them into your life to deal with stress and increase mental clarity. My personal favorite is shilajit, simply because it has so many benefits, almost no known side effects, and is packed with the vitamins and minerals we lack in our modern diet.