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“I am stressed out!"
How many times have you uttered that phrase?
How many times have you said it today?
Did you know that stress is only meant to be experienced in short bursts? Yes, shocking to hear based on how most of us feel, most of the time.
Stress is part of our "fight or flight" system thanks to our ancestors who needed it in order to run from (or tackle) some big scary animal to save their lives. Once this stressful event was over, the stress would dissipate.
In current times however, we tend to experience chronic stress without any reprieve, which keeps our adrenal system on constant overdrive, throwing us out of balance and resulting in adrenal fatigue, poor digestion, and non-existent energy levels.
So, what’s a stressed-out adult supposed to do?
What if you could eat your way to less stress?
Well, let’s be clear…eat the right way to less stress?
And the right kind of eating we are referring to means consuming adaptogens.
What Are Adaptogens?
The Dr. Edward Group defines adaptogens as: “natural substances that work with a person’s body and help them adapt; most notably, to stress. Adaptogens are a natural ally in dealing with persistent stress and fatigue because they work with regulating important hormones.”
“Think of adaptogens like a thermostat. The keep your body’s stress response at a desirable level, much like the way a thermostat keeps the temperature from becoming too high or too low. They’re good for you all the time, not just when you have a high level of stress.”
Here are some other benefits adaptogen herbs offer:
A boost for the immune system
Support for managing a healthy weight
Increased physical endurance and mental focus
Reduction in discomfort caused by poor health
Encouraging a balanced mood
“All these benefits can come from something as simple as adding adaptogens into your regular diet. While there are a number of ways to increase your adaptogen intake, consuming adaptogenic herbs is arguably one of the best.”
And because at FLX we like to make things as easy as possible for you, we have found a way for you to consume 7 of the most potent adaptogens in one meal.
That’s right. It is as simple as eating one very specific and outrageously nutritious meal everyday. Say hello to Shakeology!
The adaptogen profile in Shakeology was one of our main motivators for choosing it as our recommended meal replacement. So, not only are you receiving a sound balance of nutrients and vitamins but an adaptogen complex that allows you to adapt on a daily basis to all the stresses in your life.
We know that the stressors of daily life can knock us down if we let it and when you pair that with poor nutrition, dehydration, and a tired, achy body, it can be a recipe for disaster.
Well, not anymore. Read on below to see a list of some of the adaptogenic herbs in every serving of Shakeology.
Also called Indian Ginseng, studies from India shows that those who take this herb enjoy dramatic improvements in how they handle – and feel – stress. It’s also taken to keep the mind sharp, and for energy.
It is a powerful adaptogenic herb and is said to support immune function. Astragalus has gained popularity recently as research has emerged about the possibility that it can protect DNA and increase longevity.
s a fungi that grows on birch trees and is the most potent antioxidant on this planet. It tops the other famous antioxidants such as green tea, moringa tree, and many more. Chaga is a primary adaptogen, cancer fighter, immune system modulator, anti-tumor agent, gastrointestinal tonifier, longevity tonic and genoprotective agent (DNA-shielding).
Believed to enhance athletic performance and improve aerobic capacity.
Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are the most active element found in Red Reishi that have anti-tumor, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects.
benefits include increased fertility in both men and women, hormone balance, booster for the immune system, and increased energy, stamina, improved sexual function, memory, and focus.
This is a mushroom that has also been widely researched for its effects on the immune system and various cancers. Several researchers corroborate that maitake causes apoptosis (“programmed suicide”) of cancer cells and contains anti-angionenesis properties. That means they can restrict the proliferation of bloods cells that feed tumors.
We are happy to share more about our favorite meal replacement at any time so please reach out to us with any questions you have.
We invite you to learn more about Shakeology on our website at www.shakeology.com/flxtraining.
~ FLX Training Coach Team
Sources: Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM; Global Healing Center, Andrew Weil, MD; Huffington Post; Paul Stamets, Fungi Perfecti; and Darin Olien, Superlife