Adapt to Life in the 21st Century with Adaptogens!
The newest health and wellness trend that everyone is screaming about are adaptogens!
Adaptogens are powerful plants and mushrooms that help our bodies manage the physical, mental, and emotional stress of everyday life. When you’re feeling imbalanced in areas ranging from physical energy to regularity, adaptogens may center your equilibrium by supporting your adrenals (endocrine glands that control the hormonal balance in your body). Many of these adaptogens are sold at your local health food store, or on Amazon as a pill, powder, cream, and liquid.
At INSPIRALMOTION, We found the top five most common adaptogens that may help you adapt to life in the 21st century:
- Ashwagandha: an Indian herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine, and is thought to be one of the most powerful substances in plant medicine. Ashwagandha may increase physical energy, cognition, and sexual potency. Ingested as: powder or capsule
- Tulsi: also known as Holy Basil, is an Indian Subcontinent plant regarded as sacred by the Hindu religious tradition. Tulsi is highly recommended as a treatment for respiratory and cardiovascular ailments. Ingested as: powder, capsule, or extract
- Reishi: a type of Chinese mushroom that is also referred to as “the Mushroom of Immortality.” Reishi may amp up your body’s white blood cell production, and decrease ailments from anxiety to insomnia. Ingested as: powder, capsule, or extract
- Astragalus: a plant whose dried roots have been used within traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Astragalus’ purported anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties make this an ideal adaptogen for immune system support. Ingested as: tincture, capsule, or topical treatment
- Panax Ginseng: a root plant also known as Asian Ginseng that may balance blood glucose levels and boost your mood. Panax Ginseng most notably combats chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Ingested as: capsule, liquid extract, or it is sometimes added to multi-vitamins (check your labels)
Recipe: Adaptogenic Moon Milk
A great way to consume adaptogens is with a yummy milk recipe!
- 1 cup of non-dairy milk (ask Sarah Shemory for her almond milk recipe!)
- ½ teaspoon ground of turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon of ground adaptogen(s) of choice (the more you add, the more powerful the milk – but the funkier the taste!)
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 3 pinches of “warm” spices such as ginger, nutmeg, and/or allspice
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of MCT oil (you can also substitute with coconut oil or ghee)
- Optional: 1 teaspoon of local and raw honey
- Simmer milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Add ground ingredients, whisking continuously to prevent clumps.
- Stir in the MCT oil and reduce the heat to low, simmering for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before adding the honey, if using.
- Cozy up and enjoy!
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The Adaptogenic Moon Milk recipe was inspired by Bon Appetít’s recipe.
Please note: adaptogenic substances and their effects are not evaluated by the FDA. Much of the evidence for the benefits of adaptogens is anecdotal, or based on Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine. If you’d like to learn more about adaptogens and the clinical evidence that weighs in on the positive and negative effects, we recommend consulting the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Supplement Review or the University of Michigan Health Library. Lastly, If you’re interested in supplementing with adaptogens, we recommend that you speak to a medical professional.