Adaptogens in Shakeology
You may have heard there are adaptogens in Shakeology, but you may not have a clue as to what that means. You will by the time you finish reading this post.
What Are Adaptogens?
Theadaptogens in Shakeology are natural herbs that help increase the body’s resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue. In the past, they have been called rejuvenating herbs, qi tonics, rasayanas, or restoratives. All adaptogens contain antioxidants, but antioxidants are not necessarily adaptogens as they do more than fight cell oxidation.
Adaptogens were classified by the ancient Chinese as the most effective plants to increase physical and mental capacity, reduce fatigue, improve resistance to diseases, and extend lifespan. In particular, adaptogens help the body deal with stressful situations, whether those are mental or physical. The reason behind naming these herbs “adaptogens” was a result of scientific discovery, which proved their effectiveness in helping the human body to “adapt” or to “adjust” to strains and changes of daily living. By adapting to changes in the environment, mankind has survived. Scientific studies have shown that both humans and other organisms that are able to adapt best survive longer. In fact, these herbs have managed to survive harsh environments for centuries due to their unique composition of biologically active substances.
What Do Adaptogens Do?
In a presentation in Kauai, Isabelle Daikeler explained what adaptogens do. To simplify, they enter into our systems and claw out bad things. Basically, they are able to help the body remove toxins and, by doing so, overcome stressful situations.
We are all under stress in our daily lives. Much of this stress is mental, which causes a variety of biologic functions in the body, including the release of cortisol. But, we also place our bodies under physical stress. If you are doing a vigorous exercise program like P90X or Insanity, your body needs the essential nutrients contained in a product like Shakeology to deal with that stress.
What Adaptogens Are In Shakeology?
The two primary adaptogens in Shakeology are cordyceps and ashwagandha root. Have you heard of them?
Cordyceps is a fungi with about 300 species that is found in Shakeology’s proprietary Super-Fruit Blend. Ashwagandha root is the ginseng of Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India, and improves physical energy and athletic ability, increases immunity to colds and infections, and increases sexual capacity and fertility. Ashwagandha is part of Shakeology’s proprietary Enzyme Blend.
Adaptogens are only one way that Shakeology heals your body. The antioxidants and phytonutrients also help:
- Get rid of harmful free radicals
- Decrease inflammation
- Boost your immune system
- Potentially decrease the risk of degenerative diseases
- Possibly even increase longevity
These are essential functions and it is important to make sure that your body is working at an optimum level if you want to get the most out of it. Doing a program like P90X while eating pizza is like pouring low-grade gas into a Ferrari and expecting top performance. It just isn’t going to happen. Addressing your body’s essential functions is the key to any sound nutritional program.
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