8 Adaptogens and what they do

Updated: Oct 21, 2018

What you put in your body is the fuel for how your body operates. If you are constantly eating junk foods or foods with a low nutritional profile, you are likely to feel heavy, stressed, unmotivated or just generally not great. If you fuel your body with healthy and adaptogenic foods you are likely to feel more vibrant and less stressed. Adaptogens are compounds found in plants that help your body adjust its response to stress. They impact how your immune system operates and how your body releases hormones and enzymes. Incorporating adaptogenic foods in your diet can help relieve stress, improve focus and energy, and help balance mood. Adaptogens can be used in cooking as part of food therapy or taken as teas, tinctures, powders or pill supplements. Many adaptogens are also tonics, so it is important to be mindful and use them in moderation and only when really needed. If overused, tonics can create stagnation and heat that may lead to irritability, headaches, insomnia or restlessness. If you are seeking these substances out in supplement or concentrated forms, please consult with an herbalist.

Here is a list of 8 adaptogenic plants to help you fight off stress.

1. Siberian Ginseng / Eleuthero ( Ci Wu Jia) - This herb is a relatively mild tonic that will h