Balance your body
Feeling anxious, exhausted and overwhelmed? It’s time to embrace one of 2017’s hottest wellness trends and use adaptogenic herbs to get yourself back on track...
Herbal supplements that adapt to your body’s needs.
Meditation, massage and yoga all have a crucial role to play in balancing mind and body, but recently there’s been a rapid rise of another ancient tool to add to your stress-busting arsenal: adaptogens. So what exactly are they? Adaptogenic ingredients are plant-based compounds that help your body adapt to physical and emotional stress. These natural healers have adapted to thriving in stressful conditions and have become adept at sharing their survival properties and techniques.
‘Adaptogenic herbs have a balancing effect, reducing the negative changes that can happen in the body in response to stress,’ explains Sebastian Pole, herbal director of Pukka Herbs (pukkaherbs.com). ‘There’s good evidence that adaptogens can help boost energy, lessen fatigue, reduce anxiety, encourage positivity and improve focus – with no known negative effects.’
You can buy adaptogens as supplements, but they each offer slightly different benefits so make sure you choose the herb that’s right for you. Look out, also, for innovative new products using adaptogenic ingredients, such as the I AM superfoods blends from Naomi’s Kitchen (£15 for 70g; naomis.kitchen). Read on for more on five key adaptogens.