SPOTLIGHT ON: ADAPTOGENS + WHY YOU NEED THEM IN YOUR LIFE

In a world where health fads come and go so fast, we don’t blame you if your eyes glaze over when you read about another trend that’s taking over your Instagram feed.

Fortunately, we’ve gotten our hands on a bunch of herbal ingredients that have been used for centuries and are here to stay, with some amazing benefits that your physical and mental state will thank you for.

They go by the name of ‘adaptogens,’ and for good reason. These unique herbal ingredients were named after their ability to actually adapt their functions according to what the body really needs.

OKAY, SOUNDS PRETTY COOL… BUT HOW DO THEY WORK?

Adaptogens work this balancing act by supporting the adrenal function, the system responsible for managing the body’s hormonal response to stress. In doing so, they enable the body to access more energy, use oxygen more efficiently and help to counteract the adverse affects of toxins and stressors on the body.

This means adaptogens can calm you down and boost your energy, all at once! No highs and lows here, folks.

SO WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?

From mushroom sources such as Lion’s Mane and Reishi, to plant sources like Ashwagandha and Asian Ginseng, and animal-derived products like marine collagen, these herbs come from an array of natural sources and have diverse benefits to match.

WHY SHOULD I START USING ADAPTOGENS?

Well, aside from the obvious benefits of reduced stress on the body and increased energy, adaptogens also help to improve cognition and mental clarity, reduce fatigue, decrease the severity of depression and reduce inflammation throughout the body.

OKAY, I’M SOLD ON THE BENEFITS. WHERE CAN I GET MY HANDS ON SOME?

Adding adaptogens into your daily routine is pretty easy these days, with more health stores and cafes offering adaptogenic elixirs and products.

At Cali Press, we now offer two adaptogenic smoothies in our Luxe Smoothie range. The Brain Man, designed to improve cognition and mental clarity, includes ashwagandha, astragalus root and lions mane for the ultimate boost in brain power. While the Fountain of Youth was created to help restore and heal those insides, made with collagen, schisandra, ashwagandha and amla berry.

Our cafes also serve the ultimate warming and comforting Adaptogenic Choc, a delicious adaptogenic elixir made with cacao, lion’s mane and reishi, designed to calm yet energise, without the highs and lows of caffeine.

Sounds pretty amazing, huh? Get down to your local Cali Press to give adaptogens a go and feel the benefits for yourself.

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