by Yvette Johnstone
We all need a little boost sometimes. Adaptogens – various plant and herbal medicines – became popular over the last few years and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In fact, it’s easier than ever before to utilize the power of these herbs to elevate your health. Adaptogens claim to fame is their ability to restore balance to various areas of the body that are out of whack; and chances are there’s an adaptogen out there that can help with whatever health problem you are dealing with. Whether is is brain fog or fatigue, these are the adaptogenic products we continue to reach for again and again.
My favorite adaptogenic product to use is Hanah Ashwagandha. What makes this ashwagandha different from other brands is that it is made in the ancient Ayurvedic way – first soaked in grass fed cow’s milk. This increases its bioavailability to ensure I am getting the most out of this herb. I like to mix a serving into a smoothie or drink when I have an especially anxious or stressful day to help calm my body and mind down.
When I need a little pick-me-up the first thing I reach for is Four Sigmatic’s Coffee Mix. Since coffee can sometimes give me the jitters, the addition of tulsi and ashwagandha perfectly balances out the caffeine’s effects, leaving me with the ultimate boost of energy to get me through my day.
Adaptogens are not only great nutrients and hormone balancers, but they are fun food medicines that can make cooking and mixing a lot more interesting with all they bring to the table. My go to daily is Moon Juice’s Brain Dust powder! From smoothies, to coffee, or even muffins I try to add this into as much as possible so I can reap it’s powerful brain boosting properties.
Ashwaganda and ginger are both incredible adaptogens, and GOOP has managed to fuse them together into one amazing body wash. Ashwaganda aids in stress relief, while ginger invigorates, to refresh the body and mind!
Dr. Cole’s own collaboration with Agent Nateur is formulated with holy basil, pearl, spirulina, and marine collagen to produce the ultimate stress relieving and beauty boosting blend for clearer skin. I like to add a scoop to a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon every morning!
While adaptogens are most commonly used as a superfood addition to smoothies or other recipes, they are starting to catch on in the beauty world. This super hydrating moisturizer is infused with ashwagandha, reishi, and rhodiola – all chosen for their ability to reduce inflammation and skin irritation, perfect for my sensitive skin.
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