A Beginner’s Guide to Adaptogens | What They Are + How They Can Reduce Stress
Does it ever feel like you’re getting plenty of sleep but are feeling perpetually exhausted? Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon. We all need that “afternoon pick-me-up,” which usually comes in the form of sugar. And judging from the proliferation of coffee shops popping up, we’re all pretty freakin’ tired.
But the truth is, our caffeine and sugar addictions are fueling our anxiety and insomnia, which, of course, makes us even more tired and stressed. Next thing you know, we’re reaching for that second, third (or even fourth!) cup of joe or bite of sugar to give us the jolt we need, turning our day into a rollercoaster ride of ups & downs. Ugh.
Now it’s time for the good news: You can break this vicious cycle with adaptogens!
Not Just a Buzzword
Adaptogens are a unique group of herbal ingredients that have been used in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to better equip you to deal with physical, emotional and mental stress. Adaptogens improve the health of your adrenal system, helping to regulate hormone levels if they are too high or too low. Adaptogens are smart! They literally adapt their function according to your body’s specific needs. For example, adaptogens will work to lower cortisol levels when they get high enough to invoke a fight-or-flight response.
Sure, some level of stress is inevitable in today’s world, but when it comes to handling it, adaptogens are one of the best fixes. Like a thermostat, they can calm you down and restore your energy at the same time. Adaptogens offer a more sustainable energy (rather than a jolt) so you can feel your best and avoid that brutal post-Caramel Macchiato crash. Plus, living in a constant state of stress wreaks havoc on your immune system, making you more prone to sickness. Adaptogens will lower your stress levels, boost immunity and keep you on your A-game.
Are All Adaptogens Created Equal?
Sure, but some have more clinical evidence than others, and here at REBL Jane, that matters to us a lot. Clinical investigations have uncovered a few adaptogens that have been shown to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety more than others, and they are Ashwagandha and Rhodiola Rosea.
Let’s start with Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha has been coined the wellness world’s favorite adaptogen, and with good reason. This herb is native to India and Africa and has been used for over 2,500 years as a revitalizer. It’s root has a horse-like smell (in Sanskrit, ashva means “horse” and gandha means “smell”) and is said to have the strength and virility of a horse. Ashwagandha can help regulate cortisol, which can make you feel more calm and potentially soothe adrenal fatigue. Additionally, Ashwagandha may also increase muscle mass and strength, and even lead to small reductions in blood glucose, blood pressure, and LDL-cholesterol.
Now let’s talk Rhodiola Rosea. Rhodiola Rosea is a stress-fighting, sleep-boosting adaptogen traditionally used in Eastern European and Asian medicine. Rhodiola supports the body’s ability to combat stress and anxiety, promote cognitive function, increase athletic performance, and ease fatigue. Studies have shown a notably high increase in subjective well-being in fatigued or stressed individuals compared to other supplements. In regards to fatigue, rhodiola may significantly reduce the effects of prolonged and minor physical exhaustion that causes the 'burnout' effect.
Okay, so, the moral of the story? Everyone is stressed out and tired and we all need more adaptogens.
Meet Stress Fighter
Stress Fighter is a clinically dosed blend of amino acids and adaptogenic herbs (Hello, Ashwagandha and Rhodiola Rosea!) Like all adaptogens, we suggest taking the recommended clinical dose of Stress Fighter to be effective. Though the results may initially be subtle, they’re real and undeniable, and we can’t wait for you to try it!