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thechalkboardmag.com · Apr 16, 2015

5 Stress-Busting Herbs That Will Change Your Life

Wouldn't it be nice if we could just take a pill and all our worries would float away? While that might not be the case just yet, holistic health pro Elissa Goodman has a pretty close solution: adaptogens. These powerful plants are the closest thing to a "miracle cure" for stress that nature has to offer, lowering cortisol levels and giving your adrenals some much-needed TLC. Elissa and our friends at Food Matters fill us in on these stress-busing superfoods... Your body is extremely resilient and adaptive under a variety of conditions, but it cannot accomplish the demands of whatever happens to be thrown its way without proper nutrition and physiological support. Stress and fatigue tend to be a huge struggle for just about everyone, causing detrimental effects to your physical and mental health. Chronically elevated cortisol levels can affect every system in your body like burnt out adrenal glands, overstressed digestive tract, rapid aging, anxiety, cancer, chronic fatigue, common cold, hormone imbalance, irritable bowel disease, auto-immune disorders, thyroid conditions, and weight loss resistance. Instead of just reaching for a short-lived remedy, I want to introduce an effective, long-term alternative for your body that will increase your resistance to stress, anxiety, and fatigue. Adaptogens are a class of plants used for their healing abilities of balancing, restoring, and protecting your body as a whole – little miracles, I call them. Adaptogens were granted their name because of their distinctive ability to ‘adapt’ their function according to your body’s needs. An adaptogen does not have a specific action, nor target a certain body region, rather it benefits the body as a whole, being able to respond to any influence or stressor that it needs to. These rejuvenating plants improve and recharge the health of your adrenal glands, counteracting the harmful effects of stress. Cells are accessed more energy and the ability to eliminate toxic byproducts of the metabolic process to help the body use oxygen more efficiently. More cellular energy in combination with boosting the adrenal glands strengthens the body’s ability to cope with stress, anxiety, and fatigue – calming you down and boosting you up simultaneously. While prescription drugs remain in your system and influence multiple organs, once an adaptogen has completed its job, those herbs are eliminated or absorbed into the body without any side effects. Adaptogens work slowly and gently, contrasting the instantaneous gratification of the caffeine cycle, you must be patient because they work subtly but the benefits are undeniable and long lasting. Here are 6 of my favorite adaptogens: (olists num=1)

To read all six stress relievers, visit Food Matters by clicking through here!

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