But here's an even easier way to reduce it: take herbal remedies called adaptogens
, rich in antioxidants, and are associated with stimulating the immune system.
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Herbalists have long touted adaptogens
like ashwagandha, ginseng, liquorice root, holy basil and cordyceps as a way to bolster the adrenal system, which is responsible for releasing a range of hormones into the body - including cortisol (the stress hormone linked with weight gain, disrupted sleep, and reduced energy levels, plus bigger problems like depression and anxiety).
There are some groups of people ns who would be considered unsuitable for using the adaptogens
due to their stimulant effects on the body, but they are taking any medications," warns Dr Sarah Brewer, a GP and medical nutritionist.
Somewhere between smudge sticks, sound baths and adaptogens
, crystals are the latest accessory borrowed from Eastern medicinal philosophies to have penetrated the luxury wellness market, where stylish women are as eager to buy a giant rose quartz as they are the newest Gucci slide.
These products can get a boost through the addition of ingredients with energy claims such as the B vitamins and adaptogens
Nervines help to alleviate stress and anxiety and soothe and nourish the nervous system; adaptogens
help the body moderate its response to stress and reduce anxiety; and bitters help support gut health.
Cold-pressed, which has been associated with sweeter juices, is now moving into more vegetable-based juices that are starting to look more like soup than juice, with ingredients like balsamic vinegar, sweet potato, adaptogens
[a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress], ginseng root, turmeric and other herbs, and fungi," she says.
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Rhodiola belongs to a class of botanicals called adaptogens
, which strengthen the body's resistance to mental and physical stress without disrupting normal bodily functions.
The main ones, such as black cohosh, sage and dong quai are referred to as adaptogens
, because of their balancing effect on the body.