Did you know that certain herbs can help improve your mood and reduce stress in the body and mind? These herbs are called adaptogens—because they aid our bodies in adapting and responding to, or recovering from, both short-term and long-term physical or mental stress.
Stress is one of the greatest health challenges that most people face in the modern world, and its harmful effects have reached epidemic proportions. Over 60% of outpatient visits to physician offices are due to stress related ailments, and well over 1 billion dollars per year go toward stress-related medical costs.
Stress is a major contributor to the development of diseases that can lead to disability and even to death. While not always a direct cause, often stress is an aggravating factor in the progression of disease. It has been tied to practically every major known illness. In fact, studies show that emotional stress is a major contributing factor to the six leading causes of death in the United States: cancer, coronary heart disease, accidental injuries, respiratory disorders, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide.
Adaptogenic herbs work at a molecular level by regulating a stable balance in the hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands—all of which are involved in the stress response. Essentially, they work by “hacking” the stress response in the body.
When we face a stressor, whether physical or mental, our bodies go through what is called general adaptation syndrome (GAS). GAS is a three-stage response: alarm, resistance, and exhaustion. Adaptogens help us stay in the resistance phase longer, via a stimulating effect that holds off the exhaustion. Instead of crashing in the midst of a stressful moment, task, or event, we attain equilibrium and can move through it.
When we can adapt to stress, we perform better and feel better despite what is stressing us out, and this ability to maintain equilibrium can also significantly improve our health and well-being. When you’re stressed, your adrenal glands release the stress hormone cortisol, which then signals numerous biochemical reactions in the body that energize you and prepare you to take action. This plays an essential role in the fight-or-flight response of the sympathetic nervous system, however, too much cortisol released too often can be taxing on our bodies, and can lead to numerous health issues.
To support your health and well-being, and to help you reduce levels of stress in your life, we at Zuma Nutrition created the Relaxation Blend—a powerful combination of organic herbs renowned for their medicinal properties. Our team has formulated this blend to not only be an effective aid in supporting a relaxed body and mind, but also to offer the body high quality nourishment on a cellular level.
In this herbal blend, we’ve included two potent adaptogenic herbs—Ashwaghanda and Tulsi. Ashwaghanda is one of the most widely praised adaptogens, known to lower blood sugar levels, reduce cortisol, boost brain function, and help fight symptoms of anxiety and depression. Tulsi, also known as “Holy Basil,” "The Incomparable One" and the "Elixir of Life," is another adaptogenic herb that has long been used to reduce stress and stabilize the mind. It is anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants, immune-modulating (able to increase or decrease the immune system's activity to the optimal level), and has antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties that are comparable to diazepam and other antidepressant drugs. We’ve also included several other herbs for their incredible healing properties—including moringa leaf, gotu kola, amla (Indian gooseberry), ginger, turmeric, and fenugreek.
Together these powerful medicinal herbs function as a wonderful remedy for many modern ailments—including stress, anxiety, depression, mental imbalance and instability, sleep deprivation, adrenal fatigue, and a range of other physical and psychological issues. This blend was designed to offer deep nourishment to the body and true relaxation for the mind. According to thousands of years of traditional use, research in modern scientific studies, and personal experience from our team of nutritionists, this is exactly what it does. In a society that suffers from excessive stress, overstimulation and constant activity, one of our greatest needs is to fully and deeply relax our bodies and minds—and Zuma’s Relaxation Blend was created for just that purpose.