Unstressing with Adaptogens
They mediate stress, fight inflammation, bring balance to your hormonal system, and ease you into a restful night of sleep. Can you guess what powerful herbs and plants we paired our organically grown Colorado hemp with to soothe and nourish your mind, body, and spirit?
One of the most amazing aspects of herbalism is that it acknowledges healing as a holistic process, which helps mind, body, and spirit to move toward alignment. Herbalists and traditional healers know that stress and life perspective greatly impact our health and that every fiber of our being is interconnected. Our very own in house herbalist, Cali, formulated a product that meets the mind, body, and spirit criteria of these special herbs to bring your body back into balance while easing stress away, better known as Adaptogens.
While stress is considered an emotional state that many of us struggle within the 21st century, it also affects us physically. For this reason, understanding and supporting our nervous system is a key element to any protocol for healing.
Introducing the Nervous System:
Generally speaking, the nervous system consists of two major systems, the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS). Our CNS, which includes the brain and the spinal cord, is our main command center. It’s what helps us process information and decides how to respond to inputs, whether your body is responding to a stressful week at work or a frightening car accident.
The Peripheral Nervous System encompasses the nerves that branch out from the brain and spinal cord to help your body communicate, as well as all the sensory and motor neurons. Sensory neurons collect information on what we’re feeling and send it to the brain, while motor neurons signal information to the tissues through the transmission of nerve impulses. These neurons are some of the longest living cells in your body; they are irreplaceable and can conceivably live for an entire lifetime. These durable cells need an abundance of nutrition, as much of the food you eat is fuel for the brain.
The PNS then further divides into the somatic and autonomic nervous system. Our somatic nervous system – also called the voluntary nervous system – is controllable and is connected to our physical movements through our skeletal muscles. The autonomic nervous system relates to our smooth muscle tissues, which are more or less on auto-pilot, such as the tissues in our digestive system that help move food along through the digestive tract. This system then breaks down into sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Put simply, the sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the “fight-or-flight” response, which increases heart rate, muscle contraction, and adrenaline. The parasympathetic nervous system is known for inducing “rest and digest”, which decreases the heart rate and relaxes the muscles…or in better words says bye-bye to stress.
How Herbs Support Your Nervous System:
Adaptogens are non-toxic herbs and roots that have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine that are known to support the body against physical, chemical or biological stressors. The name comes from their known ability to “adapt” their functions, depending on what the body needs.
Adaptogens are thought to provide a variety of health benefits, and scientists all over the world are studying the herbs’ ability to boost energy levels, balance hormones and soothe inflammation. Different adaptogens can help your body cope with a wide variety of ailments.
To be labeled as an adaptogen, a plant substance must fulfill at least three specific criteria:
- They safe for just about everyone to consume
- They assist with reducing stress
- They work to balance your hormones
How do Adaptogens work with your body?
Adaptogens balance out your hormones and help calm stress levels – but there’s so much more these healing plants can do for your body and your overall well-being.
Your body’s stress system, the sympathetic nervous system, controls hundreds of pathways that are responsible for inflammation. With the hectic, non-stop, modern world we live in can leave us feeling exhausted, inflamed, exhausted, irritable and emotionally spent – all of which can lead to multiple imbalances in the body.
Working together to assist your brain and hormone system, adaptogens have a balancing effect on your hypothalamic-pituitary-endocrine axis. Your brain-adrenal (HPA) axis, brain-thyroid (HPT) and brain-gonadal axis (HPG) are needed to work in perfect harmony for a healthy mood, metabolism, energy, immune system, and sex drive. When your HP axis is unbalanced it leads to many health complications.
Because chronic inflammation is linked to many of the common health problems we see today, many modern researchers and medical professionals have found adaptogens to provide relief to even the most severe health complications!
What are Adaptogens used for:
Bringing your body back into balance, these herbs work to bring your body back into balance. They can calm you down and boost your energy at the same time without over stimulating.
Adaptogens have the potential to:
- Lowering cortisol levels
- Regenerating brain cells
- Alleviate depression and anxiety
- Protect heart health
- Protect the liver
- Prevent and fight cancer
- Lowers cholesterol
- Protecting against radiation
- Balances the immune system
- Decreases fatigue
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