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Adaptogens are everywhere these days, from your moisturizer to your functional latte. But what are adaptogens, exactly? They are plant substances that are “neuroprotective,” which means they do more than protect your nervous system against stress—they actually help you adapt to it. Adaptogens build your resilience to stress over time so you don’t have to expend energy trying to keep it away. Huge difference! (Sure, it would be great if we could avoid stress entirely…but in what universe is that possible?) If something is adaptogenic, it might help elevate your mood, boost your attention, fight fatigue, or get your sleep cycle back on track. Common adaptogens include herbs like ashwagandha, rhodiola, astragalus, eleuthero, holy basil, ginseng, schisandra berry, and licorice root, and medicinal mushrooms like reishi, chaga, cordyceps, lion's mane, turkey tail, and maitake.

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The Complete Guide to Adaptogens: From Ashwagandha to Rhodiola, Medicinal Herbs That Transform and Heal

In the tradition of the bestselling Alchemy of Herbs, The Complete Guide to Adaptogens details the benefits of twenty-four adaptogenic herbs, and includes more than seventy-five recipes that target specific wellness categories such as sleep, mental focus, beauty—and more! Adaptogens are a unique class of herbs that greatly improve your body's reaction to emotional and physical stress, while also increasing your energy, stamina, endurance, and mental clarity. Recent studies support what practitioners of Indian Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine have known for centuries—these herbs such as Rhodiola, ginseng, licorice, and more, have many heath and wellness benefits and are safe for long-term use. Whether you're interested in honing your mental abilities to a razor-sharp level, want to boost your athleticism, or are looking for ways to elevate your healthy lifestyle, adaptogens have so much to offer for everyday well-being. In The Complete Guide to Adaptagens, you'll learn about the numerous benefits of twenty-four popular adaptogenic herbs, including Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Maca, He Shou Wu, and Holy Basil. You'll also find more than seventy-five easy recipes for potions and remedies to improve sleep, mood, mental focus, immune function, stamina, as well as general wellness and beauty. These all-natural, safe remedies fight the effects of chronic stress, while restoring your body’s balance, health, and vitality.

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The Model Health Show: Immunomodulation, Adaptogens, And Healing Mushrooms - With Tero Isokauppila

The future of medicine is really the past of medicine. I know that sounds pretty deep... but hear me out. We have records that at least two thousand years ago, physicians were prescribing medicinal mushrooms to their patients. Viral infection, headache, low libido… you name it. Medicinal mushrooms ranked at the top of the list in effectiveness for most illnesses. Now, here’s the rub. They also prescribed them to patients to help keep from being sick in the first place (not just when they had a problem). It’s a very different model today, where our healthcare practitioners profit only when you are sick. Contrast that with the practitioner of old, who was paid to keep you well. One of these approaches needs more sick people around. The other one is single-focused on doing what it takes to keep you healthy. The irony is that today’s physician is unknowingly prescribing drugs from fungi too. A sizeable percentage of the top pharmaceutical drugs are derived from mushrooms and other fungi (you’ve heard of penicillin, right?). They have been studied and used because they work. The problem with the pharmaceutical model, however, is the rampant occurrence of side effects. They’re obviously not using the thing found in nature as practitioners did in the past. Instead, they isolate, isolate, isolate until it’s just a shadow of its former self (and shadows can be pretty creepy as it is). Today we’re going to look at exactly why medicinal mushrooms are so effective that Big Pharma loves them. But, more importantly, we’ll be diving in on the very best mushrooms to utilize to keep you healthy in the first place… without side effects (unless you count being more awesome as a side effect). Tero Isokauppila is back on the show to blow your mind with practical tips, clinically proven data, and even a recipe for chocolate mousse that can help protect you from the common cold and more. Click play, take good notes, and enjoy! In this episode you'll discover: Why exercise benefits several areas of our lives. The surprising amount of pharmaceutical drugs that utilize fungi. How mushrooms and human DNA are related. What immunomodulation means. Why some substances can act like caffeine for your immune system. What natural killer cells are and how medicinal mushrooms train them. How a food or herb can be classified as an adaptogen. Which medicinal mushroom is amazing for your skin. How medicinal mushrooms are able to create vitamin D like humans do. Which mushroom is best for stress reduction and clinically proven to improve sleep. What the "three treasures" are in Chinese medicine. Which medicinal mushroom features the potent anticancer compound PSK. Why mushrooms are the original worldwide web. Why some mushrooms are actually great for fighting fungal infections. Which mushroom has been found to be effective for supporting weight loss. Whether or not medicinal mushrooms are safe for kids and pregnant mothers. How your respiratory system can be protected with a specific mushroom. Whether or not you should be using medicinal mushrooms on a daily basis.


The Ultimate Health Podcast: Julie Daniluk - Performance Enhancement - Your Adrenals Love Sea Salt - Stimulants vs. Adaptogens

Julie Daniluk is the award-winning bestselling author of Meals That Heal Inflammation which has helped over 100,000 people enjoy delicious, allergy-free foods that assist the body in the healing process. She is also the author of Slimming Meals That Heal and her latest book is titled Hot Detox. Julie has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including The Dr. Oz Show, and she’s a resident expert for The Marilyn Denis Show. In this episode, we discuss: Inflammation and performance Double down on your omega-3s EPA "eats pain away" Turmeric works like a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) You want to have lots of bone broth in your life Still your mind with alternate nostril breathing Boost your brain with exogenous ketones Earn your carbs Beet juice is an endurance enhancer Milk thistle increases glutathione by 35% Caffeine on a daily basis can burn out your adrenals Green tea is rich in wonderful L-Theanine Stimulants vs. adaptogens Ladies, fall in love with Siberian ginseng Ashwagandha is great for thyroid health Make stevia taste good with lemon juice or cranberry Did you know?!? Honey is actually bee barf Getting started with intermittent fasting A low salt diet does not improve your high blood pressure Sea salt is great for your adrenal glands Coconut... a perfect food A simple way to tone your vagus nerve... gargling Heat shock proteins will help you live longer

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