You have probably noticed the word “Adaptogen” popping up all over my website and social media and you would not be alone if you are thinking “Adapt – a – what?”
Adaptogens are the hottest new health trend since cold pressed juice and even Gwyneth Paltrow swears by them. Funky juice bars and cool cafes are adding them into smoothies and other creative recipes and gradually the word is spreading.
What are they and why do we need them?
In simple terms adaptogens are healing herbs that help the body well – adapt! They have broad uses for health and are proven to reduce both mental and physical stress. They work by improving your body’s ability to adapt to stress which could be temperature related i.e. hot or cold, high altitudes, a hectic schedule and various other stressors. Adaptogens are know to help the body re-balance, improve strength, stamina, energy, endurance, concentration and mental clarity. They are beneficial for balancing hormones and can even help with insomnia, chronic fatigue,recovery from chemo or an operation, menopause, impotence and fertility.
This new hot NEWS may sound super exciting however these magical herbs have in fact been around for thousands of years and part of natural healing and medicine for just as long. Scientific data is now is backing up and confirming what the non-Western world has been promoting for years that these natural plants have a profound effect on our health and wellness. Ashwagandha, for example has been used as a nerve tonic for over 2500 and is currently the most researched herb!
With stress being a rising concern for us all we could all benefit from introducing some of these herbs into our life which is why they have been carefully selected by Dr Sara Palmer Hussey who expertly formulated the blends to include specific and targeted adaptogens for the function of the blend.
My TOP 5 healing adaptogens:
Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing well known for its restorative benefits and strengthening properties. It is used to relive insomnia and apathy, reduce cortisol concentrations and the effects of stress. It reduces anxiety and depression, it improves concentration, mental and physical energy and protects the immune system. Ashwangandha helps lower cholesterol, offers anti-inflammatory benefits and stabiles the blood sugar. It also enhances sexual potency and performance for both men and women.
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Maca is a Peruvian root which has been known for thousands of years to be an energy and stamina enhancing adaptogen. It is proven to boost athletic performance and increase endurance improving both physical and mental fatigue. Maca is widely used to promote sexual function in both men and women by boosting your libido and increasing endurance. It balances hormones, increasing fertility, can relieve menstrual cramps and menopause symptoms (body pain, hot flushes, anxiety and mood swings). Maca can help skin sensitivity and can also help your skin withstand extreme weather conditions.
Note: Pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid maca.
Maca is rich in unique alkaloids that support and balance the endocrine system. It is rich in B vitamins, C and E, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, amino acids, fibre
Schisandra is a plant used for the prevention of early ageing and increased life span. It is an anti-oxidising and balancing adaptogen which is also known to normalise blood sugar and blood pressure levels. It is immune boosting, improves skin tone and has a calming effect which can also help relieve sleep disorders. Schisandra is also rich in lignans which protect and improve liver function.
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Maitake is an edible medicinal mushroom that grows on the bottom of the oak and maple tree native to China, Japan and areas in Northern America. The abundance of nutrients found in Maitake can restore and balance the body in many ways to help restore and improve health. Maitake can help to stabilise the blood sugar which is why we used it in I AM Lean, lower cholesterol, boost immune function, lower blood pressure and promote fertility.
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Lucuma is a fruit from Peru which grows at an impressively high altitude of up to 10,000 ft and is known as the “Gold of the Incas” due to its beautiful natural golden sheen. I love the healing properties of this golden fruit which is hugely abundant in skin healing antioxidants to help to slow down the ageing process and aid skin health as it is also highly antibiotic, antimicrobial and antifungal.
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