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...

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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.

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