• Melania Zilo

Adaptogens: A Crash Course

Adaptogens are gaining quite some popularity in modern wellness, but what exactly is their deal? Keep scrolling to get the 411 on the beauty industry's new favorite buzzword.

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What are adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a natural substance found in herbs, roots, and mushrooms that are said to help the body cope with physical and mental stressors. They have been around for centuries and have been used in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, but have quickly begun to gain popularity when it comes to natural solutions to fatigue, stress, organ function, hormone levels, and much more.


How do they work?

Adaptogens work on a cellular level and increase our cell's ability to respond to your body's physical, chemical, and biological needs. When we face a stressor, our body goes through General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS). This process is comprised of three steps: alarm, resistance, and exhaustion. Adaptogens act as a natural boost to keep us in the resistance phase, which allows our body to maintain equilibrium and adapt to the stress, almost like a mini "stress vaccine" (hence the name adapt-ogen).


Some popular adaptogens that are taking the wellness industry by storm

Ashwagandha: It is used to maintain hormone balance, help with stress, and support brain function. It also has antioxidants that can prevent aging??? And circling back to the whole stress thing, can improve skin health?

Maca: A hormone regulator that also boosts collagen production! Say hello to your new BFF if monthly breakouts are a thing in your life.

Rhodiola: A plant that is meant to help with stress and fatigue. Jam-packed with antioxidants, this adaptogen is also said to help with premature aging. It can also be used topically to promote collagen production and boost microcirculation in the skin.


Do they actually work?

While most doctors deem many adaptogens safe and effective, very few studies on adaptogens have been published. The studies that have been published suggest that adaptogens don't pose any serious health risks. Still, the science of adaptogens is not a very thick book to read. Before hopping on this new it-girl trend, get informed, and do your homework to learn what we know about them and what we still don't ;)


Love always,

Melania Zilo



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