Utilizing Adaptogens for Anxiety

Contributor: Avery Geary
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Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes the connection between the mind and the body. When we are emotionally unbalanced, our internal environment is often unbalanced as well. This may lead to symptoms of anxiety.

Anxiety is the sense of nervousness, fear, apprehension and worry. It often effects how we feel, behave and may cause physical symptoms. Stress is not the only major component often associated with anxiety; nutritional deficiencies, and micro biome imbalances have been shown to impact anxiety as well.

Traditional medicine utilizes pharmaceutical drugs to treat anxiety. However, adaptogens have been shown to work just as well. Adaptogens work to ease the nervous system, enhancing the inner connection between the mind and body. Utilizing these in times of fear, stress and worry provide an holistic alternative to traditional treatment.

Adaptogens that specially work to stimulate this connection and are known to calm the mind are Lion’s Mane, Ashwagandha, Moringa and Rhodiola.

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T H E   A D A P T O G E N S:

Lion’s Mane:

A widely known adaptogen used for mental health, Lion’s Mane has been shown to be effective in supporting the brain and mental clarity. It works to enhance concentration and balance your mood.

 

Ashwagandha:

It plays a role in treating stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. This adaptogen contains immunomodulating effects (altering of the immune response) that help boost your immune system and helps relieve mental, emotional and physical stress.

 

Moringa:

An adaptogen known as the “miracle leaf,” Moringa contains a wide variety of bio-available nutrients and minerals. This adaptogen works to enhance digestion, promote restful sleep and decrease anxiety.

 

Rhodiola:

An adaptogen that is used to promote mental clarity, Rhodiola is excellent for those who experience occasional stress and anxiety. It is effective at balancing cortisol levels in the body. 

 

Utilizing these adaptogens in drinks, elixirs or smoothies is an excellent way to incorporate them. Having a warm drink before bed can help put your mind at ease and reduce effects of anxiety.

 

Ease Your Anxiety Tonic

This combination works to calm the body in times of anxiety or stress. It is the perfect drink to sip to help your emotional wellbeing and ease your mind. 

I N G R E D I E N T S: 

1 cup filtered water

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 pinches ground nutmeg

Pinch sea salt

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 date or 1-2 tsp maple syrup

1 tsp ashwagandha or rhodiola

 

1.                        Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

2.                       Transfer to a pot and heat gently.

3.                       To serve, pour into a mug. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon powder (optional).