The Secret to Fighting Stress, Boosting Immunity and More

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Adaptogens

You eat clean, you work out, you sleep (well, maybe you’re still working on this one…), meditate, take your vitamins—but no matter how healthy your habits, do you sometimes still feel rundown, stressed out, brain foggy?

Yeah, us too.

The thing is, sometimes life throws you curveballs—a moved-up deadline, a cough in your face on the bus, a poor night’s sleep. And when that happens, your same-old healthy routine may not be enough to help your body fight back.

Enter adaptogens. These wonder plants are super-trendy right now, but they aren’t new; adaptogens, so named because they help your body adapt to stressors, have been an important tool in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Now modern science is catching up. And so are healthy-food and supplement companies, offering adaptogens as pills and tinctures, and also adding them to protein powders, nut butters and, our favorite, coffee.

So what can adaptogens help with, specifically?

  • Stress. Tulsi, ashwagandha, and cordyceps are just a few of the adaptogens associated with managing physical, mental and metabolic stress.
  • Immunity. Reishi, shiitake and turkey tail are some of the adaptogens associated with helping the immune system keep up with varying stressors that come at it. As such, some experts recommend using them regularly to boost immunity, rather than taking them only when you feel a bug coming on.
  • Focus. The Lion’s Mane mushroom is associated with clearing brain fog, aiding focus and bringing a sense of calm.
  • Energy. Ginseng, ashwagandha (yup, that one again), and rhodiola rosea are associated with combating fatigue, increasing energy and managing cortisol.

Back to the coffee. We love Four Sigmatic’s coffee because they make it so easy to get the adaptogens we want. We’re going to drink coffee anyway (you bet we are), so to get one with the adaptogens already added in makes incorporating them so simple. And the coffee is delicious, no mushroom taste at all (if you didn’t know it was in there, you’d never be able to tell).

Not a coffee drinker? No worries. They also offer hot chocolate, matcha, chai latte, golden milk, and more. So no matter what your flavor of choice is, you can get your latte on—the adaptogens do the work, not you.