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Stress and Energy

Updated: May 13, 2021

We all know how much of a role stress plays in our every day lives; it's a primary or underlying factor - from relationships to work, kids, mental health, family, friends etc. the list goes on. With so many things happening outside of our control it's a constant reminder of how much more we need to contribute time to taking care of ourselves in order to maintain balance. Addressing stress culprits should be your main goal & learning how to eliminate and/or manage them should be next.

Managing Stress with Adaptogens

Adaptogenic herbs help your body adapt to stress, mainly by supporting the production of stress related neurotransmitters and hormones. Adaptogens can increase or decrease the function of any particular system based on what the body needs most. They help you feel less stress while increasing energy levels.

Depending on the herb, some also calm, invigorate, protect the body from toxins, decrease inflammation, balance blood sugar, improve circulation and/or improve digestion. Most support: Fertility, Libido

Reproductive function, Overall vitality and Immune strength and modulation.

Stimulating Adaptogens

When your body is feeling depleted, drained, deficient, dragging and depressed, stimulating adaptogens represent the most potent source of physical and mental energy.

Energizing Adaptogens

  • ginseng species

  • eleuthero

  • rhodiola

  • codonopsis

  • jiaogulan

  • cordyceps

Balancing and Calming Adaptogens (energy & anxiety relief)

  • reishi

  • schizandra

  • ashwagandha

  • gotu kola

  • holy basil

  • bacopa

  • shatavari

  • and possibly chaga

Some of the negative effects of long-term stress include the following:

  • Cognition and memory issues

  • Insomnia

  • Fatigue and / or feeling “ wired ”

  • Depression and / or anxiety

  • Increased inflammation

  • Poor metabolism, including elevated cortisol and blood sugar, which can lead to diabetes and abdominal weight gain

  • Slow digestion, indigestion, gas, pain, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, and / or constipation

  • Reduced cardiovascular health, including increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels

  • Decreased libido and impaired reproductive health and function

  • Decreased detoxification

  • Slower, less adequate digestion and elimination

  • Decreased immune function

  • Slower, less effective wound healing and reduced connective tissue integrity

By incorporating daily activities such as exercising, meditating, journaling, walking outside, some sort of self-care regime, you'll see a significant difference in your mood, your energy and your approach to situations. These practices can be instrumental when dealing with everyday stresses and are preventative measures from forming any of the negative affects listed above.

In addition to physical activity, the things we consume and our relationship with food is just as instrumental when it comes to managing stress and increasing our energy. Heavy processed foods will leave us feeling un-energetic, bloated, un-motivated and ready for a midday nap. Empty calories tend to do this. They add nothing more than temporary satisfaction and added calories that do more harm than good long term. Try adding more whole grains, fruits and vegetables to your diet. If you can't do it for breakfast, try doing it for lunch or even dinner - the more meals containing less sugar and more leafy vegetables, the better for your energy levels.

Foods for optimum energy


  • Bananas

  • Oranges

  • Goji Berries

  • Avocados

  • Strawberries

  • Apples

Foods & Vegetables

  • Leafy greens (kale, spinach)

  • Brown rice

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Quinoa

  • Lentils

  • Hummus

  • Nuts

  • Beans

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