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Adaptogens – fighting the damaging effects of stress – Wellness Riviera


Adaptogens ( phytotherapy ) are a unique class of healing plants, but don not treat a specific condition. They are for anyone looking to boost overall well-being, erase fatigue, regenerate and help restore balance and protect the body, functioning in a detoxifying manner and influence correct metabolism

Do I need them?

Adaptogens specifically support your adrenals, the glands that manage your hormonal response to stress and help you cope with anxiety and fatigue. This herbs can help you with to look younger, feel younger and be healthy. From a functional medicine perspective, I know the importance of self-care and the ability of adaptogens to balance out hormones.

Some adaptogens: ashwaganda, astragalus, ginseng, licorice root, holy basil, some mushrooms and rhodiola.

How much and how often?

Some people take adaptogens almost every day, some others can take them several times a day, It depends on your individual health. Some people with chronic health conditions may take them with direct actions on an ongoing, daily basis either as an alternative to conventional medicine or as an adjunct therapy

Gaia does recommend that you take a day off from your adaptogens each week; if you’re using them for more than six weeks, to also take a full week off; and if you’re using them for six months, to take a full month off. (These little breaks are said to let the herbs really take effect in your system)

Be careful, if you take any other medications, also lso if you are pregnant. The best if you consult your doctor first before use those supplements !!

My favorite cocktail for breakfast:

Gwyneth’s brain-boosting cocktail filled with a variety of adaptogens aimed at maximizing brain health. Blend until smooth:

1 whole avocado
1 cup greens of choice
125 ml coconut milk
1 to 2 handfuls blueberries
1 teaspoon maca
1 teaspoon lion’s mane
1 teaspoon holy basil
Raw honey to sweeten (optional)
Combine ingredients in blender and enjoy!

According to Jan Whiticomb, there are 16 proven adaptogenic herbs.

According to a homeopathic physician Edward Wallace the adaptogen does not have specific functions and allows to react to all the stressors and their influences as well as to normalize their physiological functions. .

Another homeopathic physician Marcelle Pick informs that adaptogenic herbs can recharge the adrenal glands which helps in response to stress

Some adaptogens – how do they work !

Ginseng – to rejuvenate and invigorate the body.

This naturally lower blood sugar levels, is great for battling stress and boosting your overall immunity, strength, and resilience.Choose between Asian white, Asian red, and American white

Recherche and treatments:

According to an article published by Georgia State University red ginseng extract was found to improve the survival of human lung epithelial cells infected with influenza virus. Ginseng has been proven to have preventive effects on certain strains of influenza!
Mice that were orally administered red ginseng extract had lower viral levels even after they had been infected, showing red ginseng to be a true, natural antiviral.

My favorite ginseng cocktails:

Blend until smooth:

  • 250 ml coconut water
  • 120 ml fresh mango
  • 120 ml heaping cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • ½ tea spoon ginseng powder
  • ½ tea spoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Combine ingredients in blender and enjoy!

Astralagus – to feel and look more youthful

It boosts immunity and buffers the effects of stress. It increases the amount of anti-stress compounds our bodies use to repair and prevent stress-related damage. It may also reduce the ability of cortisol to bind to receptors.

Ashwaganda – to increase energy, balance blood sugars and eases anxietyadaptogens

This herbs has been used in Eastern medicine for over 2,500 years and has immuno-modulating effects that boost your immune system and aid the body in lowering cortisol levels

Maca – a great stress manager 

This is un aphrodisiac and superfoods.Iit will protect the brain from damage, improve bone health, and even improve cognitive ability in healthy people. It can also help to balance your hormones and to boost your adrenal and thyroid function. Maca also appears to be a potent suppressor of prostate hypertrophy.

Licorice root – to increase energy and endurance

It will boost the immune system, and protect the thymus from being damaged by cortisol

Holy Basil (Tulsi) – tulsi tea can be a great sleep aid

This is one of the most useful adaptogens to reduce our natural sensitivity to stress. It has been found to reduce cortisol levels in the body, creating a soothing, calming effect on the nerves, fighting damaging free radicals in the body, and improving overall blood flow. It has been used as a libido enhancer but also a liver protectant and antioxidant

Rhodiola – to help control cortisol levels and normalize them to healthy levelsrhodiola

This suppresses the production of cortisol and increases levels of stress-resistant proteins. It has been the focus of much research
Rhodiola help to: protects the heart and liver,  increases use of oxygen, protects the heart and liver, improves memory, and may even extend longevity, it is also effective to weight loss

Cordycep mushrooms with antioxidant properties 

They are not adaptogens in the classic sense, but they has adaptogenic, anti-tumor and immune-enhancing properties.It helps to boost and maintain energy levels by activating energy production in the body’s cells. To add them to your food daily can help you to make you even more resilient to the damaging effects of high cortisol levels

Reishi – a Chinese “mushroom of immortality.” 

it helps to promote better sleep by calming the body and mind. When reishi is taken regularly, will it help you to restore the body to its natural state, enabling all organs to function normally, help  also alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions

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