Adaptogens

Fatigue, weight loss and stress affect the lives of many people. We often try to treat these with energy drinks, coffee fixes or sugary food. Of course the dubious benefits of these stimulants are short lived, and we often find we have an energy crash afterwards. Those who suspect that the fatigue is actually caused by the stimulants look to be right. It’s a mild addiction, with our energy levels being compromised by the stimulants we use to (temporarily) boost them.

 

Adaptogens

The high sugar and increased caffeine intake we presently see is something not experienced many generations ago. It is a modern diet trend. Older generations, in some cases going back thousands of years, ate a more natural diet, at least when they had the opportunity to. They also know about adaptogens, substances that kept our physiology in good working order.

 

Adaptogens work to keep us functioning well, which basically means keeping in balance. Instead of providing short term energy an adaptogen will provide a sustained and steady energy reserve, and also allow the body to deal with changing situations. You can concentrate when you need to, and exert yourself should you have to. Adapogens allow the body to respond in an appropriate manner.

 

The Best adaptogens:

 

Some combinations also make effective adaptogens. Green tea has a combination of caffeine (in a low dose) and theanine, which allows green tea drinkers to have a relaxed focus rather than a jittery caffeine high.

Many substances like Korean Red Ginseng are best taken early in the day. They can cause insomnia it taken in the evening.

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