Happy Wellness Wednesday! I wanted to talk a little bit about adaptogens today. I feel like ‘adaptogen’ is one of those words that sounds complicated when it’s really a pretty simple concept. Adaptogens are herbal ingredients that adapt to your body’s needs and stabilize physiological processes.
They’re especially good for managing adrenal fatigue (something super common in modern day life) and hormonal responses to stress. These herbal ingredients have been used for thousands of years in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine and are safe for long-term use.
Types of Adaptogens
There is a litany of different adaptogenic substances with some of the most common being Ashwaghanda, Maca, Ginseng, Rhodiola, Reishi, Holy Basil, and Licorice Root. I like to buy adaptogens from Moon Juice because they come in beautiful packaging and I trust their sourcing, however you can also find most of these things on Amazon and even deeply discounted at HomeGoods!
Forms of Adaptogens
Adaptogens come in a couple of different forms such as capsules, tinctures, powders, and teas. Teas are probably the easiest to find and incorporate into your daily routine. But, I personally really enjoy consuming adaptogens in liquid form or by dusting. In liquid form, you can mix tinctures or powders into smoothies or drink it as a tea. With dusting, something very commonly done at Moon Juice, you’re adding adaptogenic powders to consumable recipes like pancakes or even ice-cream.
Ways to Consume
The easiest way to introduce adaptogens into your life is to incorporate them in the things you’re already consuming. You can add adaptogenic powders into your smoothies, your protein shakes, tea or coffee, and recipes like pancakes and muffins. There are also specific protein powders and creamers that contain adaptogens to make things easier.
Are adaptogens currently a part of your diet? Let me know!