Super Stressed? Adaptogenic Herbs Might Be The Answer!
Hello, my busy-bee Plante Lifers!
This week, we’re talking about one of the effects of an overly busy schedule, too many late nights, too much stress and not enough self care — burnout! We all experience fatigue once in awhile, especially when we push ourselves past our limits in the name of work or fun or both! But for some people, burnout can become a chronic problem.
It can lead to problems with focus, concentration and memory. It can lead to constantly feeling exhausted even after a good night’s sleep. Add in anxiety, overwhelm and weight gain, and you have a recipe for a lot of trouble.
Often, the culprit is our exhausted Adrenal Glands.
The adrenal glands produce a multitude of hormones your body needs to function, so when the balance is out of whack, you can definitely feel it. It’s also not uncommon; about 80% of the population at one time or another has struggled with adrenal fatigue or adrenal insufficiency.
One way to combat stress and heal adrenal fatigue is by taking adaptogen or adaptogenic herbs that support healthy adrenal function. These include herbs and roots like ashwagandha, rhodiola, holy basil, licorice root and ginseng.
So if you’re struggling with stress, chronic exhaustion, anxiety or stubborn belly fat, here’s a little more info about these helpful herbs and how you can add them into your daily supplement routine.
Before we dive deeper: I just want to add that if you’re on medication or have concerns about specific supplements, you should always check in with your doctor first. For me, adaptogenic herbs have been life-savers dealing with stress and chronic fatigue, but everybody (and every body) is different, so research what feels right for you.
So, my absolute favorite adaptogen that is specifically for your adrenals and thyroid is called ashwagandha. It’s also the one I would personally start with if you want to try an adaptogenic supplement.
In India, ashwagandha is known as the “strength of the stallion” since it is used to strengthen the immune system after illness. It is known for its extraordinary stress-relieving properties and its ability to enhance stamina. It’s also useful for anyone who has thyroid problems, such as Hashimoto’s disease, hypothyroidism or Graves’, as these disease are also signs of adrenal issues.
Ashwagandha works by lowering your cortisol levels, balancing thyroid hormones and helping to maintain healthy adrenal function. It’s also known to reduce anxiety and depression, boost your immunity, boost your mood, balance blood sugar, slow aging, increase energy and endurance, combat the effects of stress, lower cholesterol, prevent and treat cancer as well as benefit brain health. It’s a long-ass list of awesome!!
The other adaptogenic herbs that are most beneficial for your adrenal glands are holy basil and licorice root, so if ashwagandha isn’t for you, there are other options. Another adaptogenic herb that is gaining a lot of attention is Rhodiola. It’s best known for to support anti-aging, fat burning, increased energy, focus and improved mood.
To start using ashwagandha, I would take 500mg 1-2x daily. Begin the supplement on a weekend first to give your body some free time to adjust and see how it makes you feel. I also recommend removing grains and sugar from your diet, as well as adding in healthy fats, protein and fiber. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water to help bring those adrenals back into balance.
Do you take any supplements to aid with stress relief? If so, what are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!
LOVE + a stress-free summer!