What's an Adaptogen and Why You Should Take Them

What's an Adaptogen and Why You Should Take Them

Do you ever feel weighed down by the day-to-day stress? Do you wake up feeling primed and ready for the day, or are you groggy from the get-go, chronically fatigued from the day before and the day before that, but have a hard time falling asleep at night because you suddenly feel energetic just when it’s time to get to bed? 

Well let’s start off by saying you are certainly not alone and even better there is something out there to help combat all of those feelings. All of those things you feel are built in response for times of high stress, often known as the fight-or-flight response, or cortisol. You know the drill - heart rate and blood pressure increase, stomach is in knots, and your brain is on hyper alert status. And while at times this is normal, our bodies’ weren’t meant to have these floods of cortisol pumping through them all the time. It’s just too much!

Well here at Grown Strong we’ve found the secret weapon: adaptogens. And if you’re anything like us when we first heard the word, you’re probably asking yourself, “What the hell is an adaptogen and why do I need it?” Adaptogens are a class of herbs that have been used to help us respond to the metabolic imbalances caused by persistent, or chronic stress. In human terms, they stick to the nature of their name by helping us to “adapt”. They’ve been shown to have a ‘balancing effect’ on our bodies’ processes and mitigate the effects of chronic stress such as:

The symptoms above could be a sign that stress hasn’t gotten the best of you and rather than trying to wait them out, adaptogens are a great start to begin supporting your body.

There are a ton of different kinds of adaptogens out there both in food and supplement form. And while that can be overwhelming we’re here to break a few down for you so you can find what’s right for you.

1.) Ashwagandha

If you’re someone experiencing the “wired but tired” feeling of fatigue, this is a good choice for you. It may also be a beneficial aid in fatigue and sleep, along with reducing stress and anxiety. All around wins! Oh and did we mention this is especially good for guys health and hormones. 

How to take: suggested dosage is 250mg-500mg/day. Some can be sedating so you would want to take at night, others can be stimulating, so morning is optimal.  

2.) Rhodiola Rosea

Beneficial for those who train heavily and feel under recovered (athletes, looking at you). Rhodiola has also been shown to enhance mood, so can reduce anxiety and possibly depression. This adaptogen can increase energy and concentration in those with adrenal insufficiency. 

How to take:  suggested dosage is 200mg-500mg/day. Most are stimulating so take this in the morning.

3.) Cordyceps

Actually comes from a mushroom! While primarily used as an aid for low libido, it can also reduce negative stress effects in the body and improve sex hormone production.  And on top of all that, it’s been shown to boost energy!

How to take: suggested dosage is 1,000-3,000mg/day. (Start on the lower end and see how you react).

4.) Eleuthero

Primarily assist the body to cope with stress, but also works as a stimulant to increase nervous system function and boost energy levels.  

How to take: the standard dose is 300mg-1200mg, although the 2-4 gram range is traditionally recommended.  

In addition to those already discussed, other options are: maca, ginseng, milk thistle, holy basil, licorice root, astragalus root, and many more. But regardless of which adaptogen you take it’s important to discuss these with your Physician prior to taking any of them. 

Adaptogens are a great way to kick start your road to recovery but it’s also not a miracle herb that will fix all of your issues on it’s own (trust us if there something out there that did, you would be the first people we’d tell). Making changes to your lifestyle habits is also key to both short term and long term success. It’s important to maintain a healthy, active and positive lifestyle to make sure you’re always feeling your best. 

We do love adaptogens so much that we’ve decided to create our own greens product for all of you! That’s right, we've been workin on this for over 6 months now and we're finally ready to announce it. We know how important balance is and we want to make sure that all of you have the right tools to keep yourself feeling your best!

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