Got stress? Most of us do. In case you haven’t heard, there’s a group of herbs that want to help make your life better. They’re called adaptogens.
The term adaptogens was coined in 1947 by a Russian scientist, N.V. Lazarev, who was interested in substances that helped the body adapt to physical and emotional stress.
By 1984 Russian scientists had published in excess of 1,500 pharmacological and clinical studies on adaptogenic herbs.
Later research carried out in Germany and Japan demonstrated similar findings to that of the Russians.
Russian studies revealed that they increased swimming times in the Porsolt test, aka the forced swimming test.
This would evolve into rigorous studies that researched how they helped the body adapt to all unfavorable conditions from Olympic competition, combat, space travel and everyday stress.
Adaptogens increase the body’s resistance to physical (heat, cold and exertion), chemical (toxins and heavy metals) and biological (bacteria and viruses) stressors.
What makes them special is that they help modulate the body’s stress response so that it does not overreact to extreme physical, mental, emotional or chemical stress which depletes cells of vital energy.
When hormones like cortisol are secreted in excess, they can do quite a bit of damage on your body leading to total exhaustion.
Lazarev, the original Russian researcher thought that adaptogens should meet these criterion:
- Produce a nonspecific (total body) response that increases resistance against harm from physical and emotional stress (disease, anxiety, etc.)
- Have a normalizing effect, improving the function of many body systems.
- Be nontoxic, causing no significant side effects.
Adaptogens are named “adaptogens” because of their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to your body’s specific needs.
They work a bit like a thermostat. When the thermostat senses that the room temperature is too high it brings it down; when the temperature is too low it brings it up.
Adaptogens can calm you down and boost your energy at the same time without over stimulating. They can normalize body imbalances. By supporting adrenal function, they counteract the adverse effects of stress.
They enable the body’s cells to access more energy; help cells eliminate toxic byproducts of the metabolic process and help the body to utilize oxygen more efficiently.
They also help to prevent heart attacks and serious diseases like cancer and increase brain function and improve memory.
Tomorrow I’ll share with you my top 5 adaptogens for helping improve your health in significant ways!
With much love, and for your extraordinary health!