Ashwagandha, reishi, holy basil, lion’s mane… they are all the rage in the wellness world right now. But “What are adaptogens?” and why are they so powerful?? We’re so glad you asked. They not only play an essential role in our products, but they also hold some incredible significance in regards to history and how they work to benefit our bodies. Let’s take a deeper dive.
History of adaptogens
Adaptogens are herbal medicinal and natural compounds that increase the body’s adaptability in response to stress. They are known to activate the defense system within our bodies thus increasing the way our bodies respond to stress and its ability to recover from stressful events.
Adaptogenic plants have been used as official medicinal preparations in traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Kampo, and other alternative medical systems, dating back to around 5000 years ago. The belief was that adaptogens had the power to treat imbalances within the body caused by external or environmental factors.
Today, the use of adaptogens have evolved immensely, making their way from traditional use to more modern uses in terms of how we holistically treat stress.
So how do adaptogens work?
Adrenals are the glands that are responsible for mobilizing different responses to stress in the body. When the body is under stress, adaptogens can increase the ability of adrenals to secrete enough hormones for the body to reach a level of homeostasis, in other words, balance. Adaptogens increase cellular energy levels in order to support a healthy, adrenal function.
Aside from stress alone, adaptogens have been able to treat different tissues and organs to help the body achieve a level of balance as well. This includes its treatment of arthritis-associated inflammation and pain, insomnia, and so much more.
Incorporating adaptogens into your daily routine
Even after years of evolution and research, adaptogens have still been able to sustain a high level of significance in terms of how it can benefit our bodies. Today, through supplements, blends and mixes, and food and drink, adaptogens are easier than ever to incorporate into your daily routine.
If you’re looking for a place to start, our Adaptonics™ allow you to reap the full benefits of our carefully-selected adaptogens, without having to worry about any of that herbal funk. Reishi mushrooms are the primary adaptogen used in our Adaptonics™, but we also incorporate others like ashwagandha and holy basil. So, step into our world of wellness and get ready to sip something a little more purposeful.