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Managing Stress & Anxiety using Adaptogens

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What Are Adaptogenic Plants And Herbs?

Adaptogens are defined as a particular class of plants, mostly herbs that are able to decrease the level of stress, anxiety, fatigue and tiredness in the human body ( symptoms often associated with high levels of stress) In particular, adaptogens increase the ability of the human body to react and adapt to a wide range of stressors

Adaptogens according to their proponents, have a normalising effect on the body. This means that they don’t serve a single function, unlike many medicines and herbs, and this is what makes them unique. The belief is that adaptogens may be able to ‘adapt’ to whatever the body is dealing with (stress, anxiety, fatigue), and help alleviate or lessen the symptoms.

Adaptogens and how they can help manage stress and anxiety.

Can adaptogens help relieve the mental and physical effects of stress? We may think of stress and anxiety as being modern conditions. A by-product of today’s hectic lifestyles where we are constantly on the go, managing work inboxes, updating social media, trying to be the perfect parent and partner, whilst bottom of the list is the one about carving out some valuable time for ourselves.

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In fact the human body has always had to deal with stress, be it from wars, potentially fatal diseases, poverty, predators. So while the sources of tension and fear have changed over time, the existence of stress—and the human body’s response to it—hasn’t. (more…)

12 Tips For Better Sleep Tonight

12 tips for better sleep tonight

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Did you sleep well? Adequate rest is the holy grail of well-being for many of us.  We have the best of intentions about getting the right’ amount of sleep (which we all know so well by now is 7-9 hours-worth). When as so often happens, we fall short of this, we can feel cheated, almost guilty, and as if we have failed in our duty to keep our bodies and minds in decent shape.

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Common problems associated with sleeping include difficulty falling asleep, waking in the night and waking up too early. Some have physical causes, some are linked to our mental state. All of these will lead to us feeling groggy and not ready to face the day, let alone get through it. (more…)