adaptogens. I discovered adaptogens about a year ago from a friend and haven’t kept them out of my morning routine since. Adaptogens are powerful herbs and natural supplements that can greatly improve your body’s ability to “adapt” to stress. The beauty of these herbs is that they work with your specific needs and adapt to your body’s needs. They’ve been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. I specifically incorporate them into my diet to help reduce stress, improve mental focus and endurance, an immunity boost, and hormone balance. Protecting my body from the toxic effects of stress is of upmost importance to me because of all of the nasty effects it can have on my overall health.
There are many different types and brands of adaptogens and I encourage you to do your OWN research and try different ones out to find what works for you. You can also buy these herbs in bulk and make your own!
My go-to adaptogens are:
Chaga – promotes a healthy immune system, contains powerful antioxidants that helps slow down the aging process and neutralizes free radical damage, reduces inflammation and manages feelings of stress.
Ashwagandha – lowers cortisol, balances thyroid hormones, treats adrenal fatigue, reduces anxiety and stress, increases stamina and endurance and combats effects of stress.
Cordyceps – may promote mental clarity, sexual energy, athletic endurance, oxygenation of the body and immunity.
Maca – increases strength, energy, stamina, fertility, libido and sexual function. Maca is also an immunity booster and helps balance hormones.
If you really want to be aggressive with your adaptogens, you can combine them into “stacks” to increase effectiveness. For example, if you combine cordyceps + reishi this combo will bolster your immune system. Aswaganda + Astralagus is a calming stack to reduce stress and anxiety.
I’ve found that the best way to incorporate adaptogens into my diet is by adding them to my morning coffee, tea, smoothies or even adding them to baked goods (like my gluten-free maca brownies). Some adapotogens have a higher potency and can taste a little strong but by adding them to whatever your consuming can help a lot with getting them in.
This vanilla adaptogenic latte is one of my favorite things to drink in the morning. This coffee powerhouse contains vanilla bean ghee (great for sustained morning energy and to get the metabolism going), ashwagandha, and maca.
- 1 tbsp vanilla grass fed ghee (I use fourth and heart)
- 1 cup of brewed black coffee
- 1 tsp of maca powder
- 1 tsp ashwagandha powder
- Mix coffee, ghee, maca and ashwagandha powder in a high speed blender until smooth and foamy. Pour and add a splash of plant-based milk of your choice.