Adaptogens – that does not really sound like pure nature. What is meant are certain plant ingredients that can help you to better compensate for and minimize stress. This article explains how this works and in which plants the adaptogens can be found.
ADAPTOGENIC AGAINST CHRONIC STRESS
If chronic stress is not a foreign word for you, then you are like many others. According to a study by one in four Americans suffer from the consequences of chronic stress. Often the stress factors cannot be minimized immediately or banished completely from life. The problem with stressors is deeply rooted in the history of human development.
The body reacts to stress in the same way today as in the Stone Age. What is triggered by stress in the body is a primal instinct that used to mobilize humans to fight or flee in dangerous situations and was therefore vital to survival. The extreme, physical response has remained the same, but the stressors have increased significantly.
If you feel stressed, a variety of reactions in your body happen. Intensive stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system triggers the secretion of hormones, noradrenaline, adrenaline and cortisol. The heart rate and respiratory rate do increase.
This is definitely a challenging exercise for your body, especially when the stress starts to get chronic and you are regularly put into this state of emergency. In addition, the body uses a large amount of energy to maintain its state of readiness. If your body is weakened by the constant state of emergency, other regulatory processes, also known as homeostasis, become confused and you become susceptible to disease. Memory lapses and difficulty concentrating are just some of the effects that stress can have on your behavior and mental performance.
If the stress hormones are released on a regular basis, this leads to a worsening of general well-being in the long term, as a study by the European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience shows. However, those affected rarely know what to do. Nature is prepared in the form of Adaptogenic natural substances that make your body resistant to stress and thus improve your well-being. Adaptogens have the unique ability to soothe, to provide you with new energy without being overly stimulating.
Take Home Message # 1: When stress becomes chronic, it can negatively affect your well-being and minimize your mental capacity. The so-called adaptogens are natural substances that can help you to minimize stress.
ADAPTA-WHAT? – HOW ADAPTOGENIC HERBS REDUCE STRESS
Simply put, Adaptogens are phytochemicals that make you less susceptible to stress or help you better adapt to stressful situations. The term adaptogen was coined in the mid-50s by the Russian scientist Nicolai Vasilevich Lazarev, who noted that certain herbs can help to adapt your body to the effects of stress.
In the traditional Indian healing art, the Ayurveda, one has been building on the harmonizing effect of herbs on the body for thousands of years. Adaptogenic herbs help to reduce imbalances in the homeostasis of the body that occur as a result of stress. As homeostasis of the body is meant various regulatory processes, such as the regulation of circulation, body temperature, hormone balance, pH, etc. These systems are regulated by a variety of factors, including your hormonal balance. This is where chronic stress comes into play.
Since this ensures that your hormone balance is no longer in balance, the homeostasis is disturbed. Adaptogenic herbs act against it. They support and strengthen homeostasis, increasing your body’s resistance to stress factors. It has been found that only certain herbs have exactly these properties. The main ones are mainly ginseng, Rhodiola rosea and Ashwagandha.
Take Home Message # 2: Adaptogens are plants that have a harmonizing force on your body balance called homeostasis. Chronic stress can unbalance your homeostasis and make you sick.
Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
Ginseng is definitely the king of the adaptogens. Especially the Asian ginseng can promote your stress resistance and thus improve mental performance. The root is one of the most popular, herbal remedies in the world and rightfully so.
Ginseng has been used by Asian medicine for more than 5,000 years and is highly regarded in the biohacking scene for its versatility. Ginseng, in addition to its stress-relieving effect, has a long list of proven health benefits. Since ginseng, as an adaptogen, has a positive effect on the body’s feel-good hormones (the dopaminergic and serotoninergic system), it improves well-being in stress. It is therefore widely used to promote mood, cognitive performance and a restful sleep.
Rose root (Rhodiola rosea)
Rose root is one of the most popular adaptogenic herbs and has a similar mode of action as Ginseng. It has also been used for thousands of years in traditional Scandinavian and Chinese medicine. The rose root is characterized by its ability to increase the physical balance and thus reduce tiredness and fatigue caused by stress.
In addition, the adaptogenic herb can do even more. Rose root has a positive influence on the release of the stress hormone cortisol. A recent study by the Swedish Herbal Institute has looked at the relationship between cortisol and rose root. It was found that the adaptogen has a positive effect on stress resistance by minimizing cortisol release. The study participants treated with rosacea had a small amount of the stress hormone in their blood