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Adaptogens are herbs that help our bodies deal with stress and restore balance. These herbs have been used for thousands of years by cultures all over the world.
Written by Cheryl Stephens, APRN
"We are not meant to deal with the stress of all the tragedies around the world set to dramatic music every evening."
Recently this quote appeared in my Facebook news feed; I could not help but nod my head in agreement. Even those of us who try to eat healthy, exercise, take the appropriate supplements, get enough sleep, and avoid environmental toxins are affected by the stress of these nightly tragedies, on top of our normal daily stresses. We juggle jobs and relationships. Many of us are caring for children, aging parents or both. Others are facing our own health issues and changes associated with aging.
Stress gets a bad rap, but it is good for us in small doses. Stress makes us more alert and helps us focus. Like many beneficial things though, too much stress can be detrimental to our health. High stress causes high cortisol levels leading to adrenal fatigue. There is a long list of symptoms that are related to adrenal dysfunction including, but not limited to — fatigue, insomnia, and weight gain. Self-care is necessary when we become overstressed, and sometimes we need a little help from natural sources known as adaptogens.