The term "adaptogen" is being thrown around a lot lately. While adaptogens have been around for hundreds of years, they are finally getting the well-deserved attention as the health world seems to be finally shifting gears from the pharmaceutically dominated Western medicine to a more natural, holistic approach to health and wellness. Bring on the adaptogens!
Adaptogens are a specific group of healing plants (phyltothreapy: the use of plants to heal), which has been used in medicine for centuries. Adaptare in Latin means "to adjust", which is just what the adaptogens help your body do--adjust to the different stressors in your life. Adaptogens are a wonderful, natural way to support your health. There are hundreds of different adaptogens out there, make sure that you are choosing ones that support your specific health concerns or goals. I also recommend Mountain Rose Herbs as a trusted, quality source to purchase adaptogens from. Please note to be careful when considering incorporating any adaptogens into your diet, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult your nutritionist or primary health care provider before use.
- 1 cup homemade almond milk (or other preferred nut/seed milk)
- 2 scoops collagen peptides (vital proteins)
- 1 tsp. nettle leaf powder
- 1 tsp. chaga mushroom powder
- 1 tsp. mesquite powder
- 1 tsp. maca powder
- 1 tsp. moringa powder
- 1 tsp. matcha powder
- 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
- 1 frozen organic banana
- 5-6 chunks of chopped, frozen organic pineapple
- A good handful of fresh spinach
- 4-5 ice cubes
In a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients on medium-medium high until smooth. Pour, drink, and enjoy! Garnish with extra chia seeds, hemp hearts, or bee pollen.
The health benefits listed next to the adaptogens (marked by parenthesis), are just a few of the many unique ways in which adaptogens work to positively support the body.
increased fruit and vegetable intake
Easy and quick
natural,safe boost of energy
Anti-allergenic (nettle leaf)
arenal supporter/energy booster (maca)
Anti-inflammatory/blood sugar regulator (moringa)
Antioxidant/energy booster (matcha)
Other adaptogens I really like include:
- Ashwaganda: supports the nervous system and immunity, increases fertility & supports menses, as it is a rich source of iron
- Cordyceps: mushroom powder used for maintaining liver and kidney function, increases athletic performance, improves cognitive function
- Eluthero root : enhances brain function, decreases anxiety, boosts immunity, supports healthy cholesterol levels, and increases endurance levels
- He shoe wu: nourishes liver and kidneys, improves fatigue/weakness, decreases insomnia, improves lower back pain and anemia
- Reishi: think, ultimate balancing adaptogen. This mushroom supports immunity by increasing or decreasing immune function sensitivity, depending on what your body needs. It also supports the cardiovascular and nervous systems
- Triphala: improves digestion, detoxifies blood/muscle/fat tissues, and is a great source of vitamin C
- Rhodiola: boosts productivity, balances blood sugar levels, supports the cardiovascular and immune system (this adaptogen is strong in it's energy producing affects; thus, if you are looking for a boost of energy, make sure that you take it in the morning, as it could cause insomnia if taken too late)
- Pine Pollen: hormone balancing and immunity strengthening