It’s no secret that stress is harmful to our bodies. When we’re under stress, our adrenal glands unload a stream of hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol, through our bodies. Our hearts race, our thoughts race and our energy levels can feel unbalanced until our systems go back to normal.
However, more often than not we feel like we’re under constant stress and putting our stress-response system into high gear and our health into jeopardy. Too much stress causes problems with digestion, weight, memory, concentration and more.
Cortisol the “stress hormone,” is created in the adrenal glands, and controlled by the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland and adrenal gland – the so-called “HPA axis.” It regulates our metabolism and body temperature, our digestive and immune systems and our body’s energy usage.
Adaptogens are the natural tool to help regulate cortisol levels. Just like the name sounds, adaptogens help your body adapt to stressors. These historically important plants can be eaten at meals, taken as supplements or brewed as a tea. Think of adaptogens for your adrenal glands as exercise is to your muscles. When you’re taking adaptogens, you’re training your body to handle stress.
They work by interacting with the HPA axis and keeping your response to stress functioning normally, so your body can function at normal levels.
Among the popular adaptogens is Ashwagandha. Himalaya’s Organic Ashwagandha is certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project verified and vegan, with no wheat, corn, soy, or dairy. It gives you stress relief and greater, sustained energy levels without stimulating your heart.* In addition to providing stress relief by supporting your adrenal glands for normal levels of cortisol, it also promotes deeper levels of relaxation for times of occasional sleeplessness.
Another popular adaptogen is Holy Basil. Himalaya’s Holy Basil is Non-GMO Project verified and vegan – free from corn, soy, wheat, and dairy – as well as free from gluten and magnesium stearate. It helps you stay calm, rested, and relaxed, with herbal support for stress and energy levels, and occasional sleeplessness, too.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.