A teaspoon of this, a tablespoon of that, a tincture full of xyz. While this may seem like a crazy science concoction, it more resembles the recipe of wellness smoothies these days. The amount of adaptogens and supplements on the market can be overwhelming on a number of levels – Which ones do I take? How much do I need? Where do these fit into my daily routine? Luckily, I am going to break down the major adaptogens and the easiest (most delicious) ways to incorporate them into your every day lifestyle. Adapt to THAT.
What are adaptogens?
Adaptogens are plants, mushrooms and minerals that help combat the effects of stress – whether the source is mental, physical or emotional. They work to support the functions of the endocrine, nervous and immune systems to help offset the side effects of stress (aging, dullness, exhaustion, insomnia, bad mood, digestive issues, brain fog, illness etc.) to nourish body, beauty and consciousness from the inside out.
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Which ones should I take?
Maca – an Andean adaptogen, is best used to enhance vitality, stamina and energy. May help support:
- Healthy energy levels
- Stamina + endurance
- Hormone balance
- Adrenal function
Ashwagandha – an Ayurvedic herb and a neutralizing powerhouse, enhances vitality for all ages and body types. May help support:
- Sustained physical endurance
- Improved cognitive function
- Quickened recovery
- Enhanced relaxation
Reishi – the most scientifically studied, validated medicinal mushroom in the world. May help support:
- Healthy immune function
- Liver protection + detoxification
- Cardiovascular health
- Healthy aging
What are the best (aka most appetizing) ways to consume them?
While most adaptogens come in powdered form (and work well incorporated into smoothies, salad dressings, baked goods or a morning cup of tea) sometimes we just want something conveniently delicious. Enter Purely Elizabeth limited edition holiday granola! Our Dark Chocolate Strawberry contains maca while our Pumpkin Spice incorporates Ashwagandha. Use on top of yogurt or oatmeal, or better yet sprinkle on top of your adaptogenic smoothie for a double dose.
And if you’re in need of more inspiration, check out these recipes below!