Artfully named for their ability to help the body return to equilibrium, this unique group of herbal ingredients have been used in Ayurvedic healing for centuries. There are many herbs used for specific ailments or common stressors, or various disorders of the neuroendocrine-immune system, the system which regulates homeostasis, the body’s state of equilibrium and an important factor in the body’s ability to return to normalcy after entering physical or mental stress.
How they actually work
Ayurveda, though and ancient practice, isn’t the only things keeping adaptogens a hot button topic in wellness these days, studies done using these “some-would-say-magic” herbs proved that they could stimulate neuroprotective, anti-fatigue, antidepressive, anxiolytic, nootropic and CNS stimulating activity. At the molecular level they demonstrated their ability to promote homeostasis via a mechanism in the body called the hypothalamic-pituitary-endocrine-axis.
The dialogue between the hypothalamus, the brain region that controls the body’s two communication systems, the nervous and endocrine systems, and the pituitary gland, the body’s “master gland.” An unbalanced “Hp” can lead to hormone problems like adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems, and libido issues.
General adaptation system
Homeostasis is the body’s equilibrium state. Many forms of western and eastern medicine consider stress to lead to a number of symptoms and ailments including inflammation, depression, lack of focus, heart health, immune deficiency and more.
The general adaptation syndrome (or GAS) is used to describe the body’s response to stressors in a three-stage system. The process developed by medical doctor Hans Sely, and is broken down into three stages.
3 Stages of General adaptation system
- Alarm reaction stage- commonly known as “fight or flight.” The body responds by releasing the stress hormone cortisol and boosting adrenaline for energy,
- Resistance stage- As your blood pressure normalizes, your body begins to repair itself. This is how the body is able to remain in stress for long periods of time. However, the body does continue to secrete cortisol which leads to the third stage, exhaustion.
- This is where stress begins to affect more than the body and begins to take a toll on your mental state. Signs of exhaustion include depression, anxiety, as well as a weakened immune system.
Our adaptogens of choice
Adaptogens can be easily integrated into your wellness routine. No joke, everyones doing it. Some of the most influential brands in wellness have built their entire product line around these old world botanicals, we’ve broken down some of our favorite ways to integrate adaptogens into your routine.
2Rise Drop 01.
Our flagship product that adheres to our high standards of unadulterated, pure, US grown oil, These drops of golden CBD are additionally infused with turmeric helps the body maintain healthy levels of body weight, blood glucose, cholesterol, corticosterone, memory, and has been shown to fight inflammation
Other adaptogens we keep on hand:
Four Sigmatic Adaptogen Coffee
They call this delicious morning brew, “meditation in a cup,” Tulsi has been known to uplift mood, support digestion, and promote balanced energy.
Moon juice Pearl Powder
Pearl helps stimulate the body’s natural collagen, even skin tone, and strengthen hair, skin, and nails.* This shimmering powder pairs great in smoothies.