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Adaptogens 101

Hey #ViveSociety!

We mush make room for mushrooms. Yup, we've invited some mushroom plant medicine to the party! You won't hallucinate, but you WILL feel good.

We're going to take you through a beginner's guide to mushrooms, we hope you learn, adapt, and sip along with us!

Adaptogens are non-toxic plants that help heal the body and supplement our bodies. These herbs and roots have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions, and have been growing a following again more recently! This is because these herbs will help you ground in, and heal from the inside - think of it this way;

When you exercise, your body will get used to and adapt to the physical activity which allows you to build up your body's health. When you take adaptogens, your brain will get used to and adapt to the mental stress that shows itself in our daily lives, building up your mental health!

Adaptogens work by training our brains to resist daily stress for longer periods of time, as opposed to typical responses that feel quick, suffocating, and add to the stress. How? When we face stress, our body goes through something called general adaptation syndrome (GAS). Gas is a three-step response when we experience these stressors; alarm, resistance, and exhaustion. Adaptogens help teach our brain to spend more time in the resistance phase, allowing us to "balance out" and take a moment.

Adaptogens simply help us adapt to stress. Being able to handle stress allows us to perform better, because we aren't feeling an internal battle of "fight or flight", we're able to ~ float ~ giving us time to access the stress we are feeling and helps promote more mindfulness approaches to move forward. You ever heard of breathing exercises? Now's the time to use 'em!

Adaptogens are beneficial to the body whether you are doing a single-use or prolonged use. It's recommended to use them often! You want to give your body plenty of herb fuel to build up that resistance. But don't worry - getting your adaptogens are as simple as stopping by your favorite neighborhood juice co 👇


Adaptogens We Work with at Vive


Ashwagandha - Found in India, the Middle East, and some parts of Africa. Ashwagandha helps your body and brain deal with stress! You'll see this adaptogen pop up the most, because of it's versatile effects on your body; boosts brain function, lowers blood sugar and cortisol levels, and helps fight symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

Reishi - Grows in warm conditions, such as Asia, southern Europe, and the southeastern US. Reishi is amazing for your immune system and is used against cancer, aging, and preventing and treating infections. If you want to boost your immunity - start here!

Lion's Mane - This mushroom grows around us - it's found in the United States and Canada! Lion's Mane helps improve brain and cognitive function. This is another adaptogen that helps with stress and anxiety as it is very soothing to your nervous system! Eat it, steep it, blend it, and live your life!

Ginger - These days ginger is still mostly grown in Asia! And yes, you've been using adaptogens for longer than you thought! Ginger is a great addition to juice, smoothies, your meal, eating it raw.. however you want to get ginger - you can. Ginger helps fight inflammation and introduces your body to gingerol - a bioactive compound that works like magic against inflammation and is super antioxidant. 

Turmeric - Turmeric is grown extensively in warm climates like Asia, India, and China. Turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties have earned it a nickname of "nature's aspirin". The active compound, curcumin, has the potential to prevent cancer and Alzheimer's disease and improves symptoms of depression and arthritis. A helpful tip: make sure your turmeric is accompanied with black pepper! Black pepper helps our body actually absorb the curcumin!

Maca - Maca grows wild in Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina. Maca is special because it is a two-in-one! Maca is recognized as an adaptogen and a superfood! This adaptogen boosts energy and mood by balancing your hormone levels. If you're looking for abundant energy, a good mood kind of food, and an overall feeling of zen - maca room for Maca!

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