Benefits of Adaptogens

September 27, 2020

Benefits of Adaptogens

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Nia Rennix

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Adaptogens are herbs and roots which are available naturally and yet they contain certain special properties which may make them act as medicine to your system. Many of the adaptogens are often used as spices, condiments, or other flavoring agents. Ginger, turmeric, cloves, cinnamon are all adaptogens which you have probably included in your meals already. There are various adaptogens found in nature which you can use in order to gift to yourself a number of health benefits.

What are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are natural substances which act in the molecular level, enabling your body to maintain hormonal balance by controlling the hypothalamic, adrenaline, and pituitary glands.

Nowadays, you may find yourself trapped by high levels of stress and anxiety. When you sense trouble, your body is supposed to go through three stages:

  1. Alarm
  2. Resistance
  3. Exhaustion

Since the modern lifestyle exposes you to stress on a regular basis, you may find that your body’s ability to cope with stress is going down. It might delay your body’s response or might put you in a prolonged period of exhaustion. This kind of stress is very harmful for you and it is called maladaptive stress.

The main function of adaptogens is to rewire your body in a way that it is better equipped to deal with stress. These herbs and roots have anti-fatigue properties, anti-depressive properties, neuroprotective qualities, and act as stimulants for the central nervous system.

Health Benefits

The adaptogens bring to you the following health benefits.

  • Balance Hormone Levels

These are natural substances which help you to repair the problems with the hormone generating centers of your body. Thus, proper hormonal balance is maintained keeping you fitter.

  • Combats Fatigue and Exhaustion

The adaptogens are experts at fighting against fatigue and exhaustion resulting from prolonged exposure to high stress.

  • Improves Attention

These are substances which are truly equipped with the ability to improve your attention span and focus. This improves your output a lot.

  • Increases Endurance

The adaptogens increase the second phase of stress response ie resistance and thus they directly improve the endurance power of your body. You feel emotionally stronger and resilient.

  • Boosts Physical Stamina

The adaptogens also give a big boost to your energy levels and you find more stamina to deal with the regular challenges of life.

  • Keeps Away Stress-Related Disorders

These substances help your body to deal with stress in the right way and thus the stress-related disorders are kept away or cured slowly.

  • Sharpens the Mind

The adaptogens stimulate the central nervous system in the right way, making you sharper and more intelligent. Also, the negative impact of stress on cognitive functions is removed, making you more alert.

  • Controls the Stress Hormone

The stress hormone cortisol is kept in check which keeps you happier. It also fights depression and anxiety and uplifts your overall mood.

  • Fights High Blood Pressure, Insulin Resistance, and Obesity

The adaptogens are very capable at making your body healthier and fitter. You can expect to bring down your high blood pressure and to combat insulin resistance. It also helps you to keep your body weight in check.

  • Repairs the Immune System

The adaptogens help you to repair the damage done to your immune system due to stress.

  • Improve Physiological Functions

These substances help your liver, gastrointestinal system, adrenaline gland, etc. to function in the right way.

Some examples of adaptogens are Siberian ginseng, Artic root and Schisandra. These substances are studied extensively for their non-harmful and beneficial effects. But there are other food ingredients like ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, etc., which you can use to flavor your food in order to absorb the benefits.

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Macros refer to three essential nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids (fats). These are considered the three essential macronutrients that we consume to get energy. Usually, a typical meal consists of 60% carbohydrate, 20% protein, and 20% fat or lipid.

The Keto Diet suggests that you reduce carbohydrates and make your diet heavier in protein and fats. When you decide to go on a Keto Diet, your meals generally consist of 65% fat, 30% protein, and 5% carbohydrate. If the body gets less than 20 grams of carbohydrate each day, it goes into ketosis, a metabolic process that burns stored fat to produce ketone bodies that supply the energy required to run your body. Thus, if you plan your meals meticulously and keep the carbohydrate consumption extremely low, you can expect to lose weight quickly.

Here is a 3-Day Keto-Compliant Meal Plan

The upside of this diet is that the meals are not bland and are reasonably easy to prepare.

Keto Diet Day 1

Breakfast: Keto Pancakes and Stir-fried Broccoli

Break two eggs in a bowl and add 1/2 tablespoon of almond flour. Next, throw in 2 ounces of cream cheese and a pinch of salt to taste. Whisk the mixture until you get a smooth combination of pouring consistency. Heat butter in a pan and fry the pancakes one by one.

Cut a small head of broccoli into florets and wash them under running water—heat olive oil in a pan and throw in some chopped garlic. Once you get a pleasant aroma, add the broccoli florets and stir fry them for a minute or two. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt, and your breakfast is ready.

Note: If you prefer your pancakes a little sweeter, you can add a pinch of cinnamon or vanilla instead of salt in the pancake mixture and pair the cooked pancakes with fresh strawberries.

Snack: Assorted Nuts

You can have a handful of mixed nuts to prevent sudden hunger pains. Almondscashews, and pistachios are all keto-compliant nuts. You can dry roast them lightly to enhance the taste.

Lunch: Stir-fried Chicken and Veggies

Add one pound of minced chicken breast to heated oil in a pan. Chop some cabbages, peppers, and tomatoes and add them after 5 minutes. Keep tossing and add ginger and garlic paste after five more minutes. Turn off the heat and shred a little bit of cheese on top of the mixture. 

Dinner: Broccoli-Mushroom Salad with Diced Chicken

Cut one small broccoli and some button mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Dice a quarter pound of chicken breast into cubes. Heat olive oil in a wok and toss in the chicken slices first. Once they are lightly fried, neatly move them to a bowl and add a dollop of butter to the pan. Cook the broccoli and the mushrooms for 1 minute and then add the cooked chicken. Add a few cloves of chopped garlic and toss for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and sprinkle oregano generously. Your dinner is ready.

Keto Diet Day 2

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Turkey Bacon, and Grilled Brussel Sprouts

Break two large eggs, add a bit of salt and pepper. Whisk into a smooth solution. Chop half an onion and one tomato into small pieces and add them to the eggs. Heat a little butter in a pan, pour in the egg mixture and scramble with a spatula. When the eggs are half done, you can shred in some cheese for extra taste.

Grill two slices of turkey bacon.

Arrange some Brussels sprouts on a skewer and coat them with chopped garlic, crushed ginger, and olive oil. Grill each side for 5 minutes to a light golden color. Now, your delicious breakfast is ready!

Snack: Veggie Sticks Dipped in Peanut Butter

Cut carrots and celery into 3-inch sticks. Dip them in peanut butter for a quick and tasty snack.

Lunch: Collard Shrimp Wrap

Take a giant collard leaf and blanch it in salted water for 30 seconds. Coat 1 pound of shrimp with sea salt and pepper. Cut one tomato and one green bell pepper into small cubes. Heat oil and toss the tomatoes and the bell peppers first. After a minute, add the shrimp and toss everything for 1 minute. Add one spoonful of butter and some chopped garlic cloves and cook for another minute. Turn off the flame, and your filling is ready. Place it neatly within the collard, leave and roll it into a nice, savory wrap.

Dinner: Pork Chops

Sear bone-in pork chops on both sides for around 4 minutes in heated olive oil. Take butter in a bowl and mix it with rosemary and chopped garlic. Place the chops on a baking tray brushed with butter mixture and cook for 12-15 minutes at 375°F. Once done, drizzle more butter on the chops and enjoy your dinner.

Keto Diet Day 3

Breakfast: Fruit Smoothie and Smoked Sausages

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Snack: Egg Muffins (Makes two servings)

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Or, you can prepare a proper dressing by mixing two tablespoons of mayonnaise, two tablespoons of Greek yogurt, and a dash of olive oil. Gradually, fold the sauce into the egg mixture and end by sprinkling a little bit of kosher salt.

Dinner: Meatballs and Side Salad

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So, take a deep breath and jump onto the Keto bandwagon. Starting is the hard part. Once you get started, the journey is smooth sailing! And, the weight loss and extra energy are fantastic!

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