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Having a stressy day? You’re facing deadlines, your boss is having a meltdown..? Your heart is racing and you can not get your body in a zen state? It's important to hold tight to tools that help keep your body and mind calm amid the outer chaos. If you’re looking for some natural ways to support stress relief, might we suggest adaptogens?
Adaptogens can help your body adapt to life’s stressors. These ancient herbs aid our bodies in reacting to both short- and long-term physical and mental stress. They're thought to stimulate your body's stress-protection response and help its systems return to a balanced state called "homeostasis."
And that’s exactly why we use adaptogens in our supplements. Research shows adaptogens can combat fatigue, enhance mental power, ease depression and anxiety, and help you thrive. An effective and natural way to cope with life pressure. We think adaptogens may be key when running through a stressful day.
Some favorite sleep adaptogens:
There's a reason that the botanical ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) has been prized as an herbal remedy for thousands of years. Ashwagandha contains chemicals (withanolides) that might help calm the brain, reduce swelling, lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system. The withanolides have been shown in research to activate receptors of GABA—the brain's primary inhibitory neurotransmitter. When a stressor sends the brain into overdrive, it's GABA's job to bring things back to a steady baseline. It helps take the edge off stressful events.
Our next sleep favorite is reishi mushroom. In ancient Chinese and Japanese traditions, reishi is used as a herbalist remedy to help relax the body. When consumed in small amounts over time, reishi may help to support the body’s sleep cycles. This sleep promoting factor is related to the calming effect reishi has on the function of the nervous system and the muscles. Some studies show that reishi mushroom sleep benefits are also related to a shortening of the length of time it takes to transition from being fully awake into sleep. Reishi can help you to wind down and set you up for a more zen evening and promote overall sleep quality.