Or is there? What if we told you there were some magic super herbs you could consume on a daily basis that would help your body
“Adaptogens work by regulating our fight or flight response, and they help keep our bodies balanced—therefore, better able to adapt to all sorts of stressors. To be considered an adaptogen, an herb has to be non-toxic, and have a non-specific effect,” Sarah Swanberg, acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of
“Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications for high blood pressure or autoimmune disorders should check with their doctors before consuming them, but they’re fairly safe for most people,” says Lauren Slayton MS, RD, and founder of NYC-based nutrition service
According to Swanberg, every adaptogen helps to regulate stress to a certain degree—but of course, some have a better effect than others. Slayton loves ashwagandha, an ancient Indian herb. “It has the most potent hormonal effects—it helps regulate thyroid, estrogen, and progesterone,” she says. She also uses rhodiola, which is essentially rose root—it has the added benefit of providing mental focus and clarity, and is the ultimate mood booster. “These are the two herbs I recommend the most with clients,” she says.
The best way to use adaptogens, however, is by mixing and matching, which is why custom blends are so mainstream these days—Swanberg just created her own line in partnership with
So, how do you use these herbs? Well, it’s fairly simple—you mostly just add a teaspoon of the mixed blend into your daily coffee, smoothie, while baking, or on yogurt, but they also come in pill form too. Consistency is key, however: You can’t expect changes right away when you start eating better or exercising for the first time, and the same is true for adaptogens. “The body will be able to build up a ‘reserve’ of sorts, so I recommend that people try out several formulas to see how they respond,” says Swanberg.
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This is a favorite brand of Slayton’s—it’s even found in her
Swanberg’s Relax blend also contains ashwagandha, but is mixed with varying amounts of reishi, schisandra berry, and rhodiola as well. “Relax is best for when you are feeling a little edgy or irritable,” says Swanberg. She encourages taking it in the day if you need to take the edge off, or at night to promote a good night’s sleep.
Available only in pill form, SuperYou contains four adaptogenic superherbs: shatavari, amla, rhodiola, and ashwagandha. “I chose these because of the profound impact they have had on my life,” says Amanda Chantal Bacon, founder of
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