Stress is a word that needs no explanation in today’s society. It comes from many sources and is different for everyone. But no matter the source, stress can lead to poor sleep, premature aging, headaches, and a host of other problems. But not to worry! There are things you can do to give your stressed-out body a break.
Support Your Stressed-out System
Here are some suggestions to help support your body so it can continue to support you in your quest to keep go, go, going. These suggestions are probably obvious, but they bear repeating.
(And as the title of this article implies, there are herbs that actually do relieve the physiological damage of stress. But more on that in a moment.) The herbs we will talk about later will be even more effective if you do the following:
- Get enough sleep. It’s your body’s natural way to repair damage and recharge. A late night or two won’t kill you, but constantly staying up to get “one more thing” done while telling yourself you can sleep when you’re dead is not a great plan. According to the National Sleep Foundation, we need 7-9 hours of sleep to function well.
- Drink a lot of water. You know this one already, so I’ll just remind you that the average adult should be drinking two liters a day!
- Exercise regularly. The human body was designed to be used far more often than the average modern life permits. Find an exercise routine that works for you and stick with it. You’ll be surprised by how much better you feel when you do.
And now for those herbs we were talking about:
Adaptogens to the Rescue
Adaptogens are substances discovered by Russian scientists in the 1940s. They get their name from their ability to help the human body adapt to stress at a cellular level.
Adaptogens help with something called homeostasis, which is the word for when your body is functioning normally and in perfect balance. Stress can break down a cell’s ability to do its job. Adaptogens are like the support staff surrounding your cells and restoring normal function.
Sounds pretty good, right? Let me introduce you to the top four adaptogenic herbs:
Rhodiola rosea (golden root):
This adaptogen is made from an alpine grassy plant and helps with muscle fatigue, mental fatigue, and attention deficit. It supports your body's ability to recover from mental and physical stress, thus leading to higher levels of energy naturally.
We've all heard of ginseng when it comes to health food products. This particular form of ginseng helps with repeated stress such as exercises or unusual levels of physical exertion.
Siberian ginseng helps oxygen reach tired muscles. It also supports your endocrine glands, and this, in turn, creates higher levels of naturally produced and sustained energy. The endocrine system also includes the pineal gland which produces melatonin. Melatonin is that handy little hormone that helps your body sleep.
Maral root grows in alpine regions and helps with fighting muscle fatigue, growing muscle, and fighting mental fatigue. It also helps address insomnia.
This handy berry is from another plant that grows in the cold Russian climate. It helps improve the health of the nervous system. Specifically, it improves a person's spinal reflexes. And you guessed it - a healthy nervous system can lead to better overall health.
So there you have it! Adaptogens can help you combat stress at the cellular level and have you feeling better in no time.
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