An “adaptogen” is a relatively new way of describing herbal remedies commonly found in traditional medicine. A very exciting and intriguing use of adaptogens is for all things weight-related. The information below will help you select the right herbs to help with weight management, regulation of blood sugar and metabolism, improved digestion and increased energy.
A long-term increase of cortisol encourages the metabolic system to produce fat, especially increased abdominal fat. Belly fat is particularly unhealthy because it is pro-inflammatory and associated with metabolic syndrome, hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. Belly fat also can stimulate the progression of atherosclerosis, as well as the growth of tumors and fibroid tissue, all great reasons to pursue weight management.
Adaptogens support weight management by regulating blood sugar insulin metabolism and cortisol levels; enhancing digestion and improving the digestive fire; and regulating body metabolism. By increasing adaptive energy and creating a balanced endocrine system, weight management becomes more controllable.
The following adaptogens support weight management:
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The following adaptogens help to increase energy and can enhance digestion:
Adaptogens that support normalization of blood sugar, increase energy and aid digestion also support weight management. Eleuthero has the ability to shift the body’s metabolism to a greater use of fat for energy. This shift is reported to delay lactic acid buildup associated with muscle fatigue.
Adapted from Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief, by David Winston and Steven Maimes (Healing Arts Press, 2007).