I think its safe to say that most people, no matter their age, are searching for balance. Whether that means balancing work and time with the family, or finding balance between eating healthy and self-indulgence. Reaching an equilibrium between the many elements of our lives would probably make us all happy.
And most of us also want to accomplish the same balance for our bodies as well. For me personally, when my body is in smooth working order, I find balancing the rest of my life much easier!
There are a couple natural substances that can help your body reach a homeostatic state, and they are adaptogens and antioxidants.
Now, we have all heard people say that antioxidants are good for you, but why?
Well, antioxidants are substances found in plant foods such as fruits and vegetables, nuts, and also in some meats. When consumed, they basically help to reduce oxidation in the body that can ultimately damage cells.
Adaptogens, something you may have never hear of, are compounds that can also be found in plant foods that have the ability to adjust to what your body needs. They help to manipulate your immune system in response to its currents stressors.
Both antioxidant and adaptogens work to protect and balance your body’s many interdependent elements and should be a priority in your daily life.
Antioxidants: Benefits and where to find them.
And also they are easier to find than you might think!
Most berries have high levels of antioxidants, for example, goji berries, blue berries, cranberries and black berries. But they can also be found in artichokes, kidney beans, cilantro and even dark chocolate.
Yes you heard me right, dark chocolate!
There are some other herbs to keep in mind that also contain antioxidants. That list consists of: clove, cinnamon, oregano, turmeric, cocoa, cumin, parsley, basil, thyme and ginger.
Adaptogens: Benefits and where to find them.
Adaptogens are unique because they are known to support your adrenal system, which helps the body to find balance between energy and relaxation.
They are also known to reduce fatigue, support immunity, improve hormone balance, decrease inflammation and help to manage blood sugar levels.
Some food sources and herbs that contain adaptogens are: Turmeric, maca, mushrooms, holy basil, nettle, wild blueberries and raspberry leaf.
So keep these foods and herbs in mind the next time you cook to easily add some additional health benefits to your meal!
Both antioxidants and adaptogens are already in your body and hard at work, but in order to reap more of the benefits listed above its important to add more into your diet when you see fit.
If you’re concerned about not getting enough of both, you can use supplements to make up for what you don’t get in your diet. There are many all natural options, one popular option is Pine Pollen. This herbal supplement contains both antioxidants and adaptogenic properties, and is easy to add into your daily routine, making it a good all encompassing option for many!
By Paige Peterson