I felt an incredible change in my body lately, it reacted completely differently when confronted with a very stressful event.
I’m not the type that externalises my anxieties. I close up, it ferments inside of me and my body reacts in a variety of ways that others notice. My under-eyes start getting dark circles and to “dig-in”, my brain is all over the place and I can’t focus on anything productive. Basically, my cortisol levels (the hormone your body releases to combat stress) were all over the place, it wasn’t pretty and all I felt like doing was burying my head in the sand and hoping it’ll pass.
This time around, I felt as though I was coping, my body didn’t externalise in the same way and I felt almost unusually calm. Welcome to the amazing world of adaptogens, a unique class of healing plants and fungi that help restore, balance and protect your body. Adaptogens don’t have any specific action, they help your body respond to environmental stress and normalise your physiological functions. (source)
There are many references online about a variety of plants such as Ashwagandha, Astragalus… etc… but I decided to focus on medicinal mushrooms, especially Chaga which I started using daily around 3 months ago.