Over the last few months there seem to have been whispers of a new breed of superfoods amongst the lips of wellness warriors: adaptogens. Adapta-what? Another fad? Hear us out on this one...
Already a well-established concept over in LA, the breeding ground of all things wellbeing that we Brits have come to know and love. Think kombucha, raw food and rainbow lattes - you only have to look at Press’ smoothie menu to see that adaptogens have well and truly arrived in the UK.
So, what are adaptogens? The clue is in the name; simply put, they are a blend of herbs that when consumed in the right quantities, may help you become better at adapting to life’s stresses.
With the daily grind necessitating many of us to travel at the speed of light, internal pressures such as anxiety and fear coupled with rising external stresses, from excessive air to noise pollution, it can truly take their toll on our vulnerable adrenals. Whether your body is in need of a pep up or a cool down, regular consumption of the right adaptogens, and in the right combinations, can help bring you back in check.
Contrary to many of today’s wellness trends, adaptogens are far from flimsy fads. Similar to the principles of ancient Ayurveda, which has attracted a great deal of attention this past year - ghee and turmeric - adaptogens have a firm rooting in both traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. For centuries these cultures have turned to them to help alleviate stress levels and boost mood, and now it looks like it's the turn of us millennials to harness their power.
THE 5 KEY HERBS THAT WILL HELP EASE YOU INTO ALL THINGS ADAPTOGENIC :
Before you begin bulk buying adaptogenic powders online, keep in mind that it takes a good few weeks, even months sometimes for your body to recognise and begin adapting to these herbs. Make sure to pop into PRESS to experience these herbs in one of our tonics or smoothies or and get a taste for the magical.
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