Adaptogens- Why we need them NOW more than ever

In the apothecary section of The Rooted Hook Mercado, you will find an assortment of adaptogens, plants, and herbs that provide medically potent remedies that help to address modern day needs and imbalances. Each jar on the shelf is filled with organic, wildcrafted, and ethically grown botanicals that follows ancient formulation tradition that have withstood the test of time.

For thousands of years and in ancient Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, adaptogens have been used as an alternative means to modern medicine and we are thrilled that western civilization is beginning to recognize their value. The current wellness movement in modern culture now places more emphasis on self-care and the use of adaptogens are becoming more main stream than ever!

What are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are herbs that help to restore balance in the body and defend chronic and acute stressors. They help our bodies make the adjustments necessary to reduce or eliminate the harmful effects caused by physical, biological, emotional, and environmental factors.

Here's the deal. We are all impacted by a certain level of stress but our bodies react to that stress differently. Some bodies may feel the stress emotionally or mentally, and some of us may not even notice that our internal organs are taking a beating. Some of us may experience a lack of sleep, while others may feel bloated and suffer from gastro intestinal issues. The miraculous thing about adaptogens is that they are able to identify the area that is impacted and then begin working their magic, making the necessary adjustments to create balance in the system. Because we currently can not identify exactly how stress will impact each individual, adaptogens may target a specific area in one's body differently- meaning the benefit is individually based on what you need.

The benefits:

The most profound benefits that have been noted in those who consume adaptogens are their ability to interact with the adrenal and nervous system to help mitigate stress. They also help to balance emotional well-being (think anxiety, depression), hormones (this can be everything from weight gain/loss, hair loss, an infertility to name a few), and liver function. Many adaptogens are also anti-inflammatory. (Did you know that the majority of chronic diseases are in part due to inflammation!) Reducing inflammation in the body may increase energy, immunity, and cognitive function. When the stress response is reduced and the body is brought to a state of homeostasis, your body (mind, body, spirit) begins to function better.

More reasons why adaptogens are the deserving of all of the hype:

  • They help to regulate blood sugar.

  • They help to protect cells from oxidative stress.

  • They are able to minimize the harmful side effects of toxins. (This one is huge for me!)

  • They help to provide mental clarity and focus.

  • They may support metabolic functions, like proper digestion and gut health.

  • They may slow down the aging process. (PSA: Stress ages you- big time!)

  • They help to boost your immune system (Kind of a big deal right now!)

  • They may help to relieve pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscular dystrophy (due to inflammation.)

There are a variety of adaptogens on the market and finding the right adaptogen for you may become daunting- especially if you are new to these superfoods. But don't stress (like what we did there?)! We have filtered through the madness and source only 100% plant based, ethically sourced, organic, and non- toxic adaptogens in The Mercado. Anima Mundi, the manufacturer of our adaptogens, also steams the herbs as part of their formulation process, in order to crack the cell wall and allow for full absorption into the body. That means you can be sure that your product is highly potent and effective! Simply add a teaspoon (or two) of your adaptogenic powder or tonic to your coffee, tea, smoothie, or other favorite beverage and begin to take note of how much better you feel!

Do you have questions about which adaptogen may be right for you? We get it! Grab a brochure in The Mercado, or reach out to Nicole directly at for help in choosing the best product for your body!

*This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

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