Since introducing Wild Chaga here on our site and at public events we've been sharing many of Chaga's potential health benefits from an auto-immune system booster to a proven cancer fighter.
In today's article we want to discuss the effects of stress and cortisol on our bodies and how Chaga may help.
It's likely that you've heard about the detrimental effects of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels can affect every physiological system in your body.
Cortisol is also known as the Aging Hormone. When cortisol gets too high it puts your body into a "fight or flight" response which stimulates your sympathetic response and your adrenal glands. When this occurs there is a decrease in your digestive secretions and a increase in blood pressure. This puts your body in a constant state of stress, which will burn out your adrernal glands, stress your digestive tract, and cause you to age more rapidly.
So if you want to look younger, feel younger and be healthy you must get your cortisol levels in balanced.
Side effects of chronically elevated cortisol can include:
- Autoi Immune Diseases
- Chronic Fatigue
- Common Cold
- Hormone Imbalance
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Thyrloid Conditions
- Weight Loss Resistance
So what can help is adapt to stress and lower cortisol?
What Are Adaptogens?
Phytotherapies refers to the use of plants for their healing abilities.
Adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants, that help balance, restore, and protect the body.
Wild Chaga Mushroom shown here growing in the wild,
attached to a Silver Birch Tree.
THe Adaptogenic properties in Chaga won't actually reduce stress but rather helps your body respiond to any influence or stressful sitaution, normalizing your physiological functions.
Naturopath, Marcelle Pick from the group Women to Women, reports that adaptogenic rich foods can recharge your adrenal glands, helping you respond to stress
Adding adaptogens to your daily routine can make you even more resilient to the damaging effects of high cortisol levels.