What are adaptogens?
Adaptogens can be found in a wide variety of edible herbs, plants and mushrooms. Since these plants have to survive and adapt in stressful and extreme weather conditions, they have developed the ability to help protect against stress when ingested or applied topically.
Rather than targeting a specific area of the body, adaptogenic mushrooms are, for the lack of a better word, adaptable. Their healing properties target what your body needs at that specific moment to help restore you to peak health.
If you’re feeling stressed out or trying to fight fatigue, adaptogens are immensely helpful. They have an amphoteric effect on the body, helpful in resetting and normalizing bodily functions that have been maligned by stress.
Also known as the ‘silent killer’, stress is the cause for around 90% of all illnesses. While the release of adrenaline and cortisol in small doses is fine and could aid productivity, chronic stress can cause major damage to your health leading to chronic inflammation, insomnia and even digestive issues. Chronic stress has been linked to leading health problems like heart disease, cancer and depression.
Although adaptogens seems to be a huge buzz word as of late they’ve actually been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Incorporating adaptogens into their diet and personal care items like teas and ointments. Adaptogens are a great way to improve productivity, boost your immune system while balancing your mood. This natural substance’s ability to provide stress relief has made it incredibly popular for those in the health and wellness scene, and its influence is spreading.
What are the benefits of adaptogens?
No you can’t become addicted to shrooms. Adaptogens are a natural substance that is non toxic and non habit forming (which means you won’t get hooked) and are safe for long term use.
This is also a key ingredient in our Instaglow Superfood Brighten Up Mask. We use shiitake mushrooms which are a great way to support a healthy heart and immune system. As a powerful anti-inflammatory, shiitake can help with skin conditions like acne, rosacea and eczema. They are also a source of kojic acid that helps bright and clarify skin.