Health +  Fitness + Longevity = Adaptogens

Do you know what does stress and tension do to your body? Constant stress can wreak havoc on our body and energy levels and raise our Cortisol levels.

Now, what is this Cortisol I am talking about? Cortisol is also known as the aging or stress hormone. Elevated cortisol levels negatively affect our physiological system, including our thyroid and adrenal glands. It makes one restless and irritable. The side-effects of elevated Cortisol levels also include weight gain and bone loss.

Chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels also increase the risk for depression, diabetes, heart diseases, constant fatigue. Cortisol is released in response to fear or stress by the adrenal glands as part of the fight-or-flight mechanism. So if you want to stay fit, look younger and live a healthy long life you should make Adaptogens a part of your life.

Now, what are these Adaptogens? Adaptogens are herbs backed by scientific research that lower or balance the cortisol level in our body and support our adrenal glands to combat stress and anxiety.  Adaptogens balance, restore, recharge and protect the body.

Adaptogens do exactly as their name suggests. They help your body adapt to day – to –day physiological situations and stressors and Increase physical and mental stamina and performance.

Adaptogens help in restoring health, vitality, immunity, stamina, and hence promote ‘Longevity’. Apart from this Adaptogens also offer several other health benefits. They strengthen our Immune System, help in maintaining healthy body weight, increase physical stamina and balance our mood. They also help in fighting any sort of Inflammation, joint pain, and even fibromyalgia.

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Adaptogens are often used in many antioxidant and anti-aging and anti-stress formulations. They have antidepressant effects on the body.

Powerful Anti-ageing – Anti-stress and Longevity Herbs  – Adaptogens

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a herb that has been used for boosting immune system function, enhancing stamina, reducing cortisol levels and regulating the production of thyroid hormones.

Ashwagandha has traditionally been used for stress and anxiety, insomnia, debility and nervous exhaustion.  It acts as an antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory and is very useful for treating fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, and osteoarthritis. It enhances male sperm count and due to its iron content, it benefits iron-deficient anemia.

Also referred to as Indian Ginseng, studies from India shows that those who take this herb enjoy dramatic improvements in the way they handle stress. In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is referred to as ‘Balya’, which means giving strength in conditions like general debility. It is known to improve energy, increase stamina and endurance.

Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Holy basil is known in India as the “elixir of anti-aging.” It is an adaptogen having antibacterial, antidepressant, antioxidant, antiviral and immune boosting properties. It is used to treat and prevent respiratory disorders, acidity, and fatigue. Known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties Holy Basil or Tulsi is used to lower blood glucose levels, triglycerides, and cholesterol.

Research on holy basil has found evidence that this herb helps the body respond to physical and emotional stress by lowering cortisol levels in stressful situations.

Ginseng

This herb, also called Ginseng, supports physical endurance, mental clarity, and has antioxidant properties that support heart health and your immune system.  Ginseng helps to boost the immune system, lower blood sugar levels, and enhance brain function.  It helps in promoting a sense of well-being and longevity.

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Astragalus

Astragalus boosts immunity and safeguards against the harmful effects of stress. Some of the most interesting health benefits of astragalus include its ability to protect heart health, protect and fight against infections and allergies, boost energy levels, lower stress, increase the strength of the immune system, slow the aging process, and prevent chronic illnesses.

Licorice root

Licorice promotes a healthy level of cortisol within the body. Rich in flavonoids Licorice root increases energy and endurance, boost the immune system, and protect from the side-effects of elevated cortisol.

The herb’s key therapeutic compound, glycyrrhizin exerts numerous beneficial effects on the body, making licorice a valuable herb for treating a host of ailments. Licorice root has been used to soothe gastrointestinal problems. In is an effective remedy for Acid Reflux, stomach ulcers, and heartburn. This herb repairs the stomach’s lining and restores balance.

It lessens the symptoms of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia and is helpful in curing respiratory disorders and sore throat. Its anti-allergic properties make it very useful to prevent and cure hay fever, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and bronchial asthma.

Rhodiola

Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea) is a potent adaptogen which provides relief from stress-related mental and physical fatigue. It restores normal patterns of eating and sleeping after stress and protects against oxidative stress. It also protects the heart and liver, boosts memory and promotes longevity.

This herb not only balances cortisol levels in the body but also promotes a calm emotional state and supports optimal adrenal and immune function.

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Gotu Kola

This herb stimulates blood flow, helps reduce swelling, and is a powerful antioxidant. The several health benefits of Gotu Kola include its ability to speed- up wound healing, improve the health of the skin, fighting nervous disorders, treat respiratory issues, protecting the heart and boosting the circulatory system.

Bacopa Monnieri (Brahmi)

This popular Ayurvedic herb has been used for centuries to support brain health. With its strong antioxidant properties, it is known to boost memory and focus. It helps the body adapt to new or stressful situations. Brahmi or Bacopa Monnieri also protects against Neonatal Hypoglycemia, helps to normalize blood pressure and promotes Liver Health.

Shatavari

Shatavari, or Asparagus Racemosus, has been used for centuries in Ayurveda to support the reproductive system and is considered as one of the most powerful and beneficial herbs for women’s health. It is used for treating irritability and hormonal imbalances affecting the mood during PMS and menopause. This herb has immunity boosting and antioxidant activity. It improves insulin secretion and helps in acidity. Men can also take benefit of this wonderful herb and it boosts strength and endurance.

Adaptogens can go a long way to helping you to restore your balance, your health, and your sense of well-being. Before starting on any adaptogen take advice from an Ayurvedic or Alternative medicine practitioner about the best Adaptogens for you as per your health condition and the optimal dosage for instant relief and long-lasting benefits.