Health Benefits of Adaptogens
What are Adaptogens?
Adaptogens are non-toxic herbs and roots that have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions. These plants are believed to help the body resist physical, chemical and biological stressors of all kinds. From boosting energy to strengthening your immune system, incorporating adaptogens into your daily routine can level up your wellness game.
Picture adaptogens as your body’s thermostat, acting to regulate your “temperature” by boosting your body’s adrenal function, increasing energy and decreasing stress without overstimulating. Adaptogens help cells eliminate toxic byproducts and support healthy cell growth.
Here are just a few of the specific benefits adaptogens provide:
More Balanced Cortisol Levels
While adaptogens won’t help you avoid stressful situations, they can help your body defuse high cortisol levels and chronic stress. Elevated cortisol levels can detrimentally impact your thyroid and adrenal function, cause weight gain and bone loss and deplete your energy levels. Incorporating adaptogens like ginseng, rhodiola and ashwagandha can help your body respond to stressors to help normalize your physiological functions.
Promote Hair Growth
Not only can adaptogens work to reduce cortisol levels, but also help promote healthier hair. Spiking cortisol levels can interfere with the the natural function and regulation of hair growth. Incorporating adaptogens like ashwagandha and rhodiola can promote healthy hair growth for a beautifully shiny mane.
Rejuvenate and Revitalize Skin
By relieving stress levels, adaptogens can actually help promote healthy, glowing skin from the inside out. Aloe vera and neem can be used to spot-treat acne, gotu kola acts as a power anti-inflammatory helping skin heal, and rhodiola can help treat eczema and rosacea.