What are adaptogens?
You may have heard the term "adaptogen" before, but--if you're like me about a year ago--it's very possible you have no idea what it actually means. Is it a form of adaptation? Maybe some sort of hydrogen molecule? Lucky for you, we're all about simplicity at Favor, so let's get into what you actually need to know about adaptogens.
Broadly speaking, adaptogens are herbs that help you and your body manage and adapt to stress. Kinda like yoga, but way less sweaty. They do this by increasing our capacity to remain in the resistance phase of stress response. You know that state where you finally get over the initial shock of a scathing email and you're absolutely dialed in typing up an assertive, but respectful response? Adaptogens help you stay there and stave off the eventual exhaustion (and wine consumption) that follows.
Some commonly known adaptogens include: ashwagandha, licorice root, Siberian ginseng, and tulsi. While they all fall under the adaptogen umbrella, each has its own unique properties and benefits, so make sure you do your research and are using the one that best suits your needs.
Why should you incorporate them?
Now you may be thinking, "I live a pretty stress-free life; I don't need adaptogens." First of all, I'm jealous. Second, some adaptogens, like the Maca and Siberian Ginseng in our Matcha shot, can also help with focus, mood regulation, and energy--who doesn't need that these days? Combining these specific roots with Matcha allows for an effective boost of energy without the crash.
To be clear, adaptogens--like any other supplement--are not going to eliminate stress from your life or allow you to focus 24/7, but consistent and proper use can help. Think tool in the tool kit, not a magic pill.
In a distracting and stressful world, adding some adaptogens to your wellness routine is a no-brainer.