This week, and for the rest of 2017, life may get a little more hectic. You know, it’s the whole hustle and bustle of the season thing.
And, as it is a tradition on Thanksgiving Day for many to list the things that they are thankful for, I am going to begin my list with adaptogens. This is probably not a big surprise coming from AdaptGenie, but I am sincere in my gratitude for plant sourced nutrition that can have a profound affect on overall health, stamina and mood. The many benefits received from the simplest of herbs is amazing and, too often, taken for granted. Check out this statement found in a recent online article by Naturals Grocers about the power of adaptogens to help manage the stress of the holiday season.
Adaptogenic herbs like ginseng, ashwaghanda, and rhodiola improve the body’s ability to cope with stress and help to maintain a state of balance in the body. They also have the unique ability to calm while also boosting energy, helping you make it through those long hours of gift shopping or baking marathons. Bonus: many adaptogens also provide immune support. Look for individual adaptogens or try a combination.
Planning large meals for a crowd, navigating the airport at the height of holiday travel, or spending hours upon hours with family—any of these could send your stress meter off the charts, and did you know that high levels of stress can shrink your brain?! If you think you’re going to experience higher levels of stress this season, start taking phosphatidylserine (PS), a phospholipid that protects the brain from the negative effects of stress.
Is just the thought of holiday crowds anxiety-inducing? Or do you feel like you might implode if you hear one more of Uncle Al’s bad jokes? If you’re looking for immediate calm, something to take the edge off, try GABA, an amino acid that increases relaxing alpha waves in the brain. It also improves concentration and focus. Keep chewables on hand for quick relief.”
Make sure and take your adaptogens this holiday season and Happy Thanksgiving from AdaptoGenie!