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  Adaptogens - Adaptogenic Herbs Reduce Stress


An Adaptogen increases the body's resistance to adverse influences and stresses such as trauma, anxiety and fatigue while having an overall normalizing effect or homeostasis.

Adaptogens are protective and raise an individual's resistance to physical, chemical, or biological stresses. Over half a million people were given eleuthero (an adoptogen) after the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, to help counteract the effects of radiation.

An adaptogen boosts recovery and has the power to normalize the physiological functioning of organisms suffering from various physical problems (homeostasis). Although powerful, an adaptogen must be harmless to the individual, disturbing natural bodily functions as little as possible.

Adaptogens have the most broad-spectrum healing properties of any herbal medicines. One of their primary values is that they specifically relieve stress. The main effects of adaptogens are an increased availability of energy during the day, a reduction of stress feelings, increased endurance, greater mental alertness, and deep and restful sleep. Adaptogens also significantly accelerate the recovery process after illness and sports activities.

Adaptogenic herbs include eleuthero, ginseng, agaricus blazei, ashwagandha, maca and jiaogulan. Adaptogens reduce stress and boost energy, while correcting hormonal imbalances in the body.

ADAPTOGENIC HERBS




Agaricus Blazei - Brazil



Ashwagandha - India



Beta Glucan



Defend



Ginseng Korean



Ginseng Siberian



Jiaogulan - China



Maca - Peru



Re-Nu



Dr. Hans Selye, (1907-1982), the �father of stress research,� discovered that hormones participate in the development of many degenerative diseases, including coronary thrombosis, brain hemorrhage, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and kidney failure, arthritis, peptic ulcers and even cancer.

In general, the hormonal responses aid adaptation to environmental change or stimuli; but they are sometimes the cause of disease, especially if the state of stress is prolonged or intense.

When this occurs, the body goes through the three stages of what is called the "general adaptation syndrome."

Stage One: Alarm
It is important for this stage to function normally as it generates a number of critical metabolic responses for any person.

Release of the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, occur in this stage. Valuable in the short term, these hormones become disruptive to effective cellular function over a long period of time. Cortisol is a hormone with wide ranging effects on tissues throughout the body. One of the most widely recognized is its immunosuppressive effect. It also has a negative impact on energy regulation. Cortisol decreases the movement of glucose from the bloodstream into muscle cells (and several other types of cell). This is meant to be a protective response, conserving blood glucose for essential functions, such as brain activity. However, during any prolonged stress, cortisol decreases the availability of this energy.

Stage Two: Resistance
This is the stage where adaptive changes take place. Increased fitness is a perfect example of an adaptive response to physical stress. When the adaptation occurs, the individual returns to "homeostasis" or normal equilibrium. However, each individual�s capacity to adapt is limited and completely unique. Overwhelm the individual�s adaptive capacity, and you risk illness or injury. That�s when you enter the final stage � exhaustion.

Stage Three: Exhaustion
This stage is characterized by the observed onset of symptoms of fatigue, including injury or illness.

With the addition of adaptogens, the first two stages are handled very differently. Adaptogens modify the alarm phase and increase the resistance phase. This is critical, as these benefits provide protection to a stressed person by helping to maintain optimal cellular function as long as possible before the onset of exhaustion.

When adaptogens are added, the person still mounts an appropriate response to a stressful event, but the changes in cell function that result are more moderate and have less of an adverse effect on the entire body. The general action of adaptogens is well demonstrated by looking at the effect of stress on blood glucose levels. Shortly after a person becomes stressed, the stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) cause a rapid increase in blood glucose. Once it peaks, the blood glucose rapidly falls to lower than normal levels. Adaptogens moderate this response.

In other words, adaptogens do not block the stress response; rather, they smooth out the roller coaster highs and lows associated with the stress response. This conserves valuable energy in the alarm phase for use in the resistance phase.

Adaptogens increase the function of healthy immune systems when taken over a period of time. Adaptogens help the adrenal glands which produce hormones to aid us in dealing with stress and help prevent adrenal exhaustion.





Stress can be one the biggest diet saboteurs. But it doesn't have to ruin your weight-loss efforts and goals. Here's how you can prevent running to the refrigerator during stressful times.

Achieving a stress-free life is unlikely, if not impossible, but you can definitely loosen the hold tension and anxiety may have on you. That's important, especially when you're trying to lose weight. A rocky period at work or tension at home has knocked many a dieter off their program. Stress can rob you of the energy you need to stay focused and motivated. If the pressure gets fierce enough, you may be tempted to say, "Forget it, I just can't do it," and give up your best intentions to stick to a healthier diet.




Agaricus Blazei - Brazil



Ashwagandha - India



Beta Glucan



Defend



Ginseng Korean



Ginseng Siberian



Jiaogulan - China



Maca - Peru



Re-Nu



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Adaptogens almost appear to be too good to be true. How can there be a whole class of herbs whose function it is to help our bodies act more efficiently and to take some of the weight of the world off our biological shoulders? Fortunately, nature provides! Nature has given us adaptogens - fantastic remedies for the modern age of 50 to 70 hour work weeks, five hours of sleep per night, five cups of coffee, fast food, not enough downtime and far too much anxiety. It should be said that we need to change our daily lives, however, no matter how well we live, we cannot escape the stress of daily life. For all this stress, we have adaptogens, and by using them for prevention and stress reduction, we embrace the true spirit of herbal healing. They really work wonders!

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