KDHamptons Health & Wellness Expert Charlotte LaGuardia Explains Adaptogens
You know what they say: Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food! KDHamptons has a new health trend for you from our own health and wellness expert Charlotte LaGuardia.
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Adaptogens – you’ve most likely heard of them but like many, you may not know what they are. I am here to explain exactly what adaptogens are and how they can help you thrive!
Adaptogens are a class of herbs and mushrooms that have been used for centuries in both Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine for their ability to restore homeostasis in the body. Homeostasis is the biological process that keeps the internal systems of the body stable, despite external stressors. For example, maintaining a steady internal body temperature under the influence of changing external temperatures is your body practicing homeostasis.
Adaptogens do not act on specific conditions. Instead, they work with the body’s needs, adapting their function to support balance. In most cases, these herbs are working with the body’s adrenal system. The adrenals are small glands that sit on top of the kidneys and are responsible for managing the hormonal response to stress by producing stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. Additionally, they produce aldosterone and sex-hormones, which regulate blood pressure and the reproductive system, respectively. By supporting the adrenals, adaptogens can help strengthen the body’s response to stress as well as improve the response to anxiety and fatigue. With the regular use of adaptogens, people report increased mental clarity, improved energy, less anxiety, and more restful sleep. They are powerful, yet slow-acting so should be used regularly for a few weeks. There are so many adaptogens out there, here is a list of my favorites:
Mental Performance and Physical Stamina
Reduce Stress and Support the Immune System
Most adaptogens can be purchased in capsule or powdered form. I like to incorporate these herbs into my routine with fun beverages like matcha lattes and mushroom coffee. Here is my favorite recipe:
Adaptogen Matcha Latte: yum!
1 tsp Matcha
1 tsp coconut butter
1 tsp MCT oil
1 scoop grassfed collagen powder
1 tsp Rhodiola
8 oz hot (not boiling) water
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 1 minute. In addition to supplementing with adaptogens, it is important to eat a well-balanced diet full of low sugar fruits and vegetables. Foods like kale, blueberries, and beets all contain antioxidants, that also help the body fight off stressors and free radicals. Contact Charlotte HERE to start your wellness journey.
—by Willa O’Connor