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Exploring Adaptogens: Nature’s Answer to Stress

Exploring Adaptogens: Nature’s Answer to Stress

Everyone experiences stress at some point in their life, some more than others. For those who are prone to stress, it’s common to seek out various remedies. Many like to opt for natural options where possible, but it can be difficult to decipher the best options when so many products are marketed as natural stress remedies.

In reality, the best options are those that contain one or more adaptogens, as they tend to be the most effective and scientifically backed natural remedies for stress. This article explores the world of adaptogens, including what they are, how they work, what to consider, and the adaptogens we offer here at YrHealth. 


What are adaptogens?

Adaptogens are classed as natural substances which can help your body respond and adapt to stress while promoting homeostasis. These natural substances come in the form of many different types of plants and mushrooms. Adaptogen products can be anything from teas to supplements to tinctures and beyond. Regardless of their type, high quality adaptogen products can help adjust the ways in which your body responds to stressors, leading to a more measured overall stress response.


How do adaptogens work?

Adaptogens are thought to engage your body’s stress protection response and help regulate bodily chemical reactions by either increasing or decreasing them according to need. This is what gives adaptogens the ability to increase resistance to stress and reduce sensitivity to stressors. Additionally, by promoting homeostasis throughout your body, adaptogens can help you achieve equilibrium rather than entering a state of exhaustion. 

A good example of their adaptability and impact on stress responses is their effect on the primary stress hormone called cortisol. Periods of stress stimulate a release of excess cortisol. In this case, adaptogens can help reduce cortisol levels, which in turn reduces feelings of stress. Adaptogens can also increase cortisol levels when needed, like in cases of extreme fatigue, for example. Their ability to adapt to your body’s needs is what makes them effective at helping to restore balance and homeostasis.


Factors to consider before taking adaptogens

Before adding adaptogens into your routine, there are some factors to take into consideration. For example, while adaptogens are all thought to help with stress responses, each adaptogen is unique and offers its own benefits. Finding the one that suits your needs best is key. It’s also recommended to take adaptogens for shorter periods, from a few days up to around six weeks, when you feel your body needs the extra support. This is because taking them constantly may cause a reduction in their effectiveness. You may find that rotating between adaptogens is a great way to use them consistently without missing out on any important benefits. 

Finally, it’s important to consult your doctor or pharmacist before getting started with adaptogens if you have a medical condition or take any prescription medications. They can advise you about which types of adaptogens are safe for you, how long of a gap to leave between your medications and adaptogens if needed, and what, if anything, to avoid entirely. This is much more useful than general guidance you may find online, as a doctor or pharmacist can give you advice based on your specific circumstances.


What types of adaptogens are available via YrHealth?

At YrHealth, we’re proud to offer some popular and powerful adaptogens in the form of supplements. Our range includes: 

  • Ashwagandha - This adaptogen is known for its incredible ability to reduce stress and anxiety. It may also help the body’s defence against disease, and contains antioxidant properties which help protect against damage by free radicals. 
  • Turmeric - Turmeric is widely considered an adaptogen, although some say it simply contains some adaptogenic properties. In either case, turmeric contains curcumin which is thought to help combat stress, depression, joint pain, and inflammation.
  • Maca - Maca is an adaptogenic plant which has a wide range of benefits in addition to stress relief, such as male fertility, increased libido, and promoting a healthy metabolism. It’s also high in bio-active compounds, carbs, and nutrients, and may help with exercise performance.
  • Sage - This is another herb, which, like turmeric, offers adaptogenic properties. It’s a popular remedy for hot flushes caused by menopause, in addition to stress relief, fatigue reduction, and protection of brain cells.



Key takeaways

Here are the key points to remember about adaptogens:

  • Adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms that help regulate the body’s stress response and promote homeostasis.
  • They work by stimulating the body’s stress protection response and regulating different hormones and chemicals to achieve balance.
  • Before taking adaptogens, it’s important to consider the best type for you, how frequently you will use it, the ideal dose for you, and whether you want to rotate between different adaptogens to maximise their benefits.
  • One of the most important steps to take before getting started with adaptogens is consulting a doctor or pharmacist, especially if you have a medical condition or take any prescription medications. 
  • At YrHealth, we offer 4 products with adaptogenic properties, including Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Maca, and Sage.

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