Are you stressed out?
At Aspire Natural Health, we rarely ask this question anymore. Instead we ask “HOW stressed out are you?”
As experts in digestive issues and autoimmunity, we routinely see people’s issues kick off during a period of high stress, and their symptoms are always worse when they are stressed.
While the ultimate answer to stress lies in lifestyle changes, there are a class of herbs that traditional herbalism and science tell us can HELP.
They are in indispensable part of our work.
They are known as tonics, adrenal tonics or adaptogens.
In both traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine there is a long history of the use of tonics – herbal medicines and foods that build up the strength and resistance of the body. They were used to help people recover after sickness, and to give vigor and vitality to the weak and the elderly.
Coming into the modern age
The former Soviet Union (along with Communist China) conducted a great deal of research on tonic herbs, which they called adaptogens, from the 1950s through the 1980s.
The Soviets were on the lookout for substances which could turn men into supermen – tougher, faster, stronger and more resilient. They worked extensively with steroids and other drugs, and while they found good results they also found those substances had significant side-effects. So they turned to plant medicines and discovered a class of herbs they called adaptogens.
What is an adaptogen & why you probably need one
An adaptogen is an herb that helps people adapt to stressful situations. Over 30 years the Soviets conducted experiments on lab animals, athletes, cosmonauts, and office workers. What they consistently found was that adaptogens helped the subject undergoing the stress to hold up better and recover faster. They did not suffer mentally or physically from the stress (mental or physical) as much as subjects not taking the adaptogens and they recovered better once the stress was over.
This makes adaptogens the perfect herbs for our modern, high stress lifestyles.
NOTE: Adaptogens are NOT a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. Let me repeat that one more time because there’s a strong temptation to view adaptogens as a magic bullet. Adaptogens are NOT a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. They are however a great supplement to a healthy lifestyle and can be used for stressful periods in our lives.
HERE is a great adaptogenic formula that we’ve used with great success in our work with people.
While there are many adaptogenic herbs, here are four that we and many others have used with great success.
Reasons not to take licorice
Adaptogens are safe to use singly, or are often combined and used as blends, and can be taken for very long periods of time safely.
If you’re not sure where to start, HERE is a formula we’ve used with great success with many people.
The Biggest mistake with adaptogens
The single biggest mistake I see people making with adaptogens is taking too little.
While doses are going to vary depending on what you’re taking, the form it’s in, a typical dose will be somewhere around 1 teaspoon a day of the liquid extracts or two capsules morning and evening.
Doses can go significantly higher depending on stress levels, and I’ve personally had people taking 4 teaspoons a day of a highly concentrated extract or 12 capsules a day for very stressful situations.
As noted above adaptogens can be taken long term, and have a general effect of helping to make the whole body healthier. If you lead a relatively low stress lifestyle, get lots of sleep, and don’t overtrain than you don’t need adaptogens. For the rest of us, consider making it a part of your routine.
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