What Are Adaptogens?
Adaptogens have a fancy name, but really they are just a special class of herbs, berries and mushrooms. These herbs have been used worldwide for thousands of years because of their profound healing abilities. The theory behind adaptogens is that they target multiple functions in the body to boost your ability to tackle emotional, physical and mental stress. In other words, they adapt to what you need at any given time.
How Do Adaptogens Work?
These herbs and mushrooms support your endocrine system (hypothalamus & pituitary and adrenal glands). This system is really important, but is often overwhelmed, because it manages your body’s hormonal response to stress, anxiety and fatigue. The idea is that adaptogens support these hormones and work to restore balance.
You can think of an adaptogen and what it does for you, in essentially the same way that an awesome night’s sleep and a blissful holiday boosts your wellbeing and gives you that ‘Yes! I can do that’ attitude. Less of the nasty stress hormones or being overrun with adrenaline, and more balance, focus, and calm. And all the side effects you see in your skin when you are stressed and anxious (unexpected breakouts, dry sensitised skin!) can also be lessened too.