Okay, so maybe you don’t exactly feel like Superwoman, but are you amazed at how many plates you can keep spinning at the same time? You know – career, kids, errands, family engagements, volunteering at school… Is it any wonder you sometimes feel frazzled?
While “hectic” and “busy” have become the new normal, our bodies aren’t hard-wired to sustain so much ongoing stress. This can have a huge effect on your waistline, sleep, hormones, and moods.
Fortunately, in nature’s infinite wisdom, there are a number of herbs that can help you adapt to stress with more grace and ease. These herbs are even called “adaptogens” because they help normalize cortisol levels – the hormone that your adrenal glands produce in response to stress. Each unique herb also has additional benefits that complement its ability to support the adrenals, so you may choose one herb over another based on its unique profile.
Here are five of my favorite herbs for adrenal health:
This amazing herb, also called tulsi, is fantastic at helping to fight stress, fatigue, and aging. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels, so this would be an excellent choice if you tend to have high blood sugar, which of course can be worse in the presence of high cortisol. Try two capsules daily, on an empty stomach.
There are a number of reasons to love licorice. Not only does it help with stress, it’s also very soothing to the digestive system, so it can help with heartburn and leaky gut. It also helps boost energy levels. But you do need to be careful with licorice, as it can raise your blood pressure. This problem can be avoided with deglycyrrhizinated licorice (or DGL – that’s a lot easier to pronounce!) Try 400 mg about 30 minutes before meals.
Also called Panax ginseng, this herb is one of the best-known adaptogens. It’s especially good for keeping you energized. It will also boost your memory – so you can remember why you needed more energy in the first place :-). Try 200 mg per day of Asian Ginseng extract, and take a one-week break from it every two to three weeks.
Ah, lovely maca. This root will make your hormones happy, give a nice lift to your libido, and take the edge off stress. It’s easy to add maca powder to your smoothies (starting with a dose of one teaspoon) or take in capsule form (2 capsules daily).
Tossing and turning the night away? Ashwagandha can help you get your beauty rest while helping you cope with stress too! Sometimes referred to as “Indian Ginseng”, Ashwaganda is one of the most well-known and powerful Ayurvedic herbs. It is native to the dry climates of India and the Middle East. In addition to relieving stress, it has also been found to help support the immune system, lower blood sugar and cholesterol, improve memory and much more. Try 500 mg once or twice per day.
There are also many formulas that combine several different herbs for adrenal support. It may take a few tries until you find the right herb or combination of herbs that suits you best. Even though stress can seem inevitable, you’ll feel more resilient and energized when you do find the right herbs for you.
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