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Adaptogen Herbs

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Adaptogen Herbs

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Adaptogen Herbs

Adaptogen herbs have immune system enhancers which help the body adjust to change, regulate stress and restore natural immune resistance. Adaptogens recharge the adrenal glands, which are the body's nominal mechanism for responding to stress and emotional changes. They provide valuable support to the human body in coping with the pressures placed on a wide range of its functions by both the internal and external environments and normalize the functions of the bodily systems.

Modern herbalists say adaptogenic herbs are plants with properties that exert a normalizing influence on the body, neither over-stimulating nor inhibiting normal body function, but rather exerting a generalized tonifying effect.

Stress itself is not an illness but, the effects of stress include impatience, anxiety, and irritability and can be caused by lack of sleep, poor diet, chemical toxins in the environment or mental assaults. If stress is prolonged or chronic the body's ability to maintain homeostasis can be compromised, and illness can result. Adaptogenic herbs have traditionally helped prevent the imbalances that can result from stress and have therefore prevented or minimized disease.

Adaptogens can help people handle stress by providing:

Antioxidant activity
Liver protection and antitoxin activity
Improved blood-sugar metabolism
Less craving for alcohol or sugar
Improved immune resistance
Increased energy and stamina
Improved muscle tone
Increased strength
Faster recovery
Better focus and concentration
Less anxiety
Better sleep
Better motivation and productivity
A feeling of well-being
Better moods

Adaptogenic herbs used for this purpose include

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