Most of us live in a fast paced, go go go society, which is continually keeping us busy and on our toes. Stress has become a normal part of our daily lives, which is why it is so important to discuss how to lower the effects of stress with adaptogens.
Going back to the time of our ancestors, this stress response was helpful. It helped pump up our muscles, get our heart racing so that we could oxygenate our body to run away from the lion.
However, nowadays, our bodies have the physiological response to stress often. We feel it when people cut us off in traffic, we get bad news from our boss, or when we feel overwhelmed with work or family life.
This repetitive stress and the toll it has on our body predisposes us to disease.
How Does This Happen?
Stress (either physical or psychological) causes our body to pump out adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol from our adrenal glands. With continued stress, our adrenal glands are not able to keep up with this demand, and they get fatigued, or exhausted.
Cortisol, one of our main stress hormones, is actually anti-inflammatory. This means that when we are burned out and stress has gotten the best of us, our body is not able to create enough cortisol, leaving us at risk for increased inflammation.
This chronic stress response wreaks havoc on our thyroid gland, gut health, and hormones, which can lead to weight gain, anxiety, low mood, and feeling burnt out.
It is up to us to proactively protect ourselves against stress and eat to beat stress.
Why is this important?
We know that stress is an underlying cause of about 90% of diseases.
Stress causes inflammation in the body which leads to most diseases including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, thyroid issues, and even cancer.
Acute inflammation is normal, it causes redness, swelling, and pain and is needed for our body to activate the healing process.
We get into trouble when our inflammation becomes chronic, or lasting more than an acute condition.
After I lost my mom to cancer in the fall of 2018, I made it my mission to spread the word of health to impact as many people as I can!
This is also one of the reasons why I have dedicated myself to helping people shift their mindsets to help minimize stressful thoughts, as well as physically help to decrease the impact of stress on their bodies through supplements and whole foods eating.
Because stress causes inflammation, it is important to eat anti-inflammatory foods and consume foods rich in antioxidants. These help the body repair and recover.
Be on the lookout for these when you are researching vitamins, supplements, or teas to decrease the effects of stress on the body!
I have also included some of my favorite products below.
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You can find many of these in teas, supplements, and can use them to cook!
I love putting turmeric in my chicken soup and I also have other supplements that I use in daily life.
Here are a few ways to get these adaptogens in your daily life:
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Here are some other ways to get adaptogens into your daily life:
Take care of yourself and remember to breathe and take time for self care every day.
Free resources to help cope with stress:
While stressors and triggers are present in our every day lives, it is up to us to shift our perspective of them. With this action, we are able to redirect our thought process and not let them have control over us!
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