7 HERBS + SUPPLEMENTS TO HELP YOU COPE WITH STRESS

Let’s face it, when you’re stressed out, the last thing you want to do is ADD more into your life. You’ve already got too much going on as it is. That’s why you’re so stressed.

However, what you’ll discover today is that adding in certain herbs and supplements can actually help you REDUCE the effect stress is having on your body!

We all know we can’t get rid of a lot of the stressors in our lives. However, we can reduce the effect they have on our body through diet, exercise and herbs and supplements. There are certain foods you can cut out of your diet that can really reduce the impact stress has on your body (we talked about these last week).

This week, though, we’re talking about what you can add in to help reduce the impact stress has on your gut and to repair the damage it’s already done. We’re talking adaptogens.

ADAPTOGENS

Adaptogens are a group of herbs that can be used to build resilience in your body and to cope with fatigue by supporting the adrenals (the glands that are very much involved with stress). In short, they help your body to respond to stress.

These herbs have been used for centuries in Eastern medicine and they are available in all health food stores. They’re much more natural, kinder on your body, and less severe than taking medication for stress. This also means they work more gradually over time, with regular use. So, if you start taking any of these, make sure you give them time (a few months) to do their job before assessing whether they’ve had an impact.

You don’t need a prescription for any of these supplements. However, this article isn’t intended to replace any medical advice, so please consult with a doctor before starting on any of them, especially if you have a major health condition or are taking any medication.

There are 7 key adaptogens that can help your body cope with stress.

 

7 HERBS + SUPPLEMENTS TO HELP YOU COPE WITH STRESS

1. RHODIOLA

This is brilliant for reducing fatigue, improving focus and busting stress. It produces a natural boost, which can also help prevent that afternoon crash where you end up reaching for the pack of cookies.

2. ASTRAGALUS

This helps fight stress and boost the immune system, which is compromised when you’re under stress.

3. ASHWAGANDHA

This has the power to help your body handle physical and mental stress, as well as build stamina. It’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.

4. ELEUTHERO

This gives your brain a boost, so is good at helping your mind function better under stress.

5. HOLY BASIL

Not only is this my favourite herb, but it’s one of the most versatile ones around. It contains antioxidants and vitamin C, which help repair the damage caused by stress. Start chucking it in your salads and on your dinner.

6. GLUTATHIONE

This is an antioxidant that helps your body cope with stress. It also heals the gut lining, which is helpful as your gut gets very depleted during chronic stress.

7. PROBIOTICS

A robust microbiome is essential to helping your body handle stress. That’s why probiotics and fermented foods can be incredibly helpful. The strain of bacteria lactobacillus planterum has specifically been tested and shown to help the body deal with stress.


SUMMARY

There are things you can add in to help reduce the impact stress has on your gut and to repair the damage it’s already done.

Adaptogens are a group of herbs that can be used to build resilience in your body and help it to respond to stress.

7 Herbs + Supplements that Help You Cope With Stress are:

  1. Rhodiola

  2. Astragalus

  3. Ashwagandha

  4. Eleuthero

  5. Holy Basil

  6. Glutathione

  7. Probiotics

Speak to your doctor if you want to give one of these a try. I’d recommend picking one and trying it out for at least 2 months, then assessing if it’s had an impact.


Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments below.

Next week, I’ll be diving into how exercise can help you manage your stress.To get these actionable tips sent straight to your inbox, pop in your email address at the bottom of the page.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and letting me be a part of your journey in taking control of your gut, eating well and living your life.

Sophie x

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