Our bodies are in a constant state of stress. We are stressed out by external situations: sitting in traffic, upcoming work deadlines, or the in-laws coming to town. We are also stressed out by internal factors: everyday worries, personal fears, amount of sleep, or negative thoughts. While none of these stressors can necessarily go away, what if there was a way to better regulate how our bodies react to this stress? Adaptogens could help handle life’s stressors.
What Are Adaptogens?
Adaptogens are specific herbs that help the body cope with stress and attain balance amidst all of life’s twists and turns. While these herbal medicines cannot impact the amount of stress we experience, they can aid our body’s response to stress so that we are operating at our best, despite external factors.
Adaptogens interact with the body’s hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis), which functions as our central stress response system. When our bodies experience stress, the HPA axis releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is usually a very helpful hormone; however, when we are in periods of long-term stress, our body is in a constant state of overproduction or underproduction of cortisol. This is where adaptogens plays a role; they react with the HPA axis to regulate our levels of cortisol.
When incorporated into your daily routine, over time adaptogens can help your body fight off fatigue, boost stamina, defend your immune system, and improve cognitive functions under stress. Different adaptogens present varying potential benefits. Below is a list of adaptogens:
Types of Adaptogens
- American Ginseng
- Aloe Vera
- Gogi Berry
- Grapeseed Extract
- Eluethero Root
- Licorice Root
- Reishi Mushrooms
- Rhodiola Rosea
- Schisandra Berry
- Tulsi/Holy Basil
How to Incorporate Adaptogens Into Your Daily Routine
Adaptogens can be consumed in capsule form or added to smoothies in the form of a powder. Another great way to incorporate adaptogens into your daily routine is by using Green Gorilla CBD products that already contain adaptogens. We formulate many of our products with adaptogens to create a synergistic effect and help keep your body feeling its most balanced. Below are some of our products that contain adaptogen ingredients:
- Relax Capsules – contains Ashwagandha and Holy Basil
- Defense Capsules – contains Reishi mushrooms and elderberry
- Body Lotion – contains Aloe Vera and Turmeric
- Face Creme – contains Grapeseed Extract
Effectiveness of Adaptogens
Research on adaptogens is ongoing, and they should not be regarded as a cure-all for stress or other health-related functions. Adaptogens are not meant to be used for quick fixes, but rather taken over time to assist your body’s stress responses long term.