In life we must adapt to changes. That could take shape in many ways. Adapting to environmental changes, our relationship changes, work related changes, in living arrangements, finances, in terms of our health, and in parenting. Change in life will always occur, that is guaranteed, it is how we deal with those changes that will determine what our life ends up looking like, feeling like, and if we enjoy it or not. If we truly live.
One way I have adapted to life has been learning to listen to my body. I guess I should be more specific, my conscious, my spirit, my heart, my head and my physical body. Listening has been a key element in my overall wellbeing. I am usually a talker, I have an outgoing active personality, but taking the time to be more observant towards myself, and my surroundings, has been a nice new approach that has helped me grow as a person.
In terms of health, adapt, in Chinese Medicine means to alter or change. Adaptogens are herbs, roots, and other plant substances that help our bodies change for the better. They aid our body in adapting to a healthier more balanced state of being. They restore balance and manage stress. These things have been used for centuries in Chinese + Ayurvedic healing traditions.
Adaptogens are a staple in my kitchen in terms of health. They are also referred to as tonics. Tonics have a great general effect on certain systems of the body. There are heart tonics, nerve tonics, digestive tonics, and tonics for the glandular system.
Gingseng is used as a tonic to support stress response and energy. It is also used to support the immune system. Ginseng has also been noted to work wonders for the vascular system.
Borage, the herb not oil, is used to strengthen and restore the adrenal complex.
Ashwagandha is one of my all-time-favorite adaptogens. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine for the overall health of the body, as well as to support the function of the musculoskeletal system. It also aids and supports uterine health and balances the endocrine system.
Wild Yam is a wonderful adaptogen for the glandular system. It contains diosgenin which is a precursor to progesterone. Although it does not contain any hormones itself, it supports hormone health.
Licorice Root supports the endocrine system as well. It helps it function properly and is an easy addition to your life. You can buy licorice root tea, or licorice in a dropper formula from your local health food store. It contains glycosides which have a similar structure to endogenous stress hormones. Licorice also supports the adrenal glands which means it is a great stress reducer.
Spirulina is a blue green algae superfood and is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Surprisingly, it contains more clean protein that beef, including the full range of amino acids - the ones that your body must get through food.
Matcha is rich in antioxidants and in a chemical that enhances serotonin in the brain. It contains nutrients and is abundant in antioxidants. It is also rich in fiber, amino acids, and chlorophyll. It is said that matcha can calm your mind, boost energy and metabolism, detoxify, and help prevent heart disease. It is also a bladder supporting adaptogen.
Including these adaptogens into your daily life will prove to enhance your energy, stabilize hormones, balance the body's systems, and encourage optimal wellness. Many are easy to incorporate into smoothies, soups, and salads, even desserts. You can purchase my ebook under the ebook tab, for simple recipes that utilize some of these ingredients. Teas, supplements, and tinctures/droppers are also an easy way to add adaptogens into your life.
Welcome positive change, flow with the changes of life rather than fight against life's currents, and you will live a happy life.