Adaptogens are herbs that support and rebalance the body, helping us adapt to life’s stresses. Here’s general guidance to help diabetics.
Turmeric is an adaptogen for your immune system, PLUS inflammation and digestion.
When cooking with turmeric, add a good pinch of black pepper, too. Piperine, an active ingredient in black pepper, has been found to be a ‘bio-enhancer’, which makes turmeric more medicinally beneficial — otherwise it can be assimilated poorly by the body and eliminated quickly.
TRY adding plenty of turmeric to homemade curries and a sprinkle to scrambled egg. For a warming drink, add it to lemon tea or hot milk, with honey to sweeten.
Astragalus is the best adaptogen for chest complaints PLUS stress and colds and flu.
It helps prevent and treat infections, chronic illness or recurring viruses, especially chest infections. It acts as a tonic for the lungs and is particularly useful after an infection. It helps the body overcome stress and enhances the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells. It’s also a good go-to remedy when suffering from flu or the common cold.
TRY chewing on the dried astragalus root. It’s surprisingly tasty and beneficial. The root looks like a doctor’s tongue suppressor and is easy to obtain from reputable health-food stores or online.
Ginger is the only adaptogen for digestive issues PLUS nausea and inflammation.
It helps ignite digestive juices and stimulates the whole digestive process, so it’s excellent for soothing and settling the gut lining to ease indigestion, flatulence and stomach ache. It can also help relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and colitis.
TRY a cup of ginger tea, or juice three apples and and two celery sticks with a thumb-sized piece of ginger.
Gotu kola is an adaptogen for improved blood flow PLUS healing and skin conditions.
Its ability to improve blood quality and circulation makes this a great remedy for varicose veins, helping tone blood vessels, improving blood flow and reducing swelling.
It’s also been used to soothe skin problems, such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. Its key constituents, triterpenoids, help heal and strengthen connective tissues and form collagen.
TRY this herbal infusion: in an airtight container, mix one part dried gotu kola with one part dried hawthorn and one part dried rosehips. Take one teaspoon, three times a day, in hot water. Infuse for 15 mins before drinking.
Ashwagandha, an adaptogen, is for better concentration PLUS fatigue & anxiety.
In India, it’s known as the ‘go-to’ herb to help with learning and combat brain fog. Its high antioxidant content has a positive effect on disorientation and memory loss and it’s a rich source of iron, good for general fatigue.
TRY mixing the powder just with honey or with nut butter and a little desiccated coconut, then spreading on toast.
Rosemary is a mild adaptogen, suitable for circulation PLUS exhaustion and insomnia.
This hardy herb helps get the body’s circulation moving to the extremities, supporting the heart and warming hands and feet. It’s of great benefit as a rub and foot bath to those who feel the cold or suffer from Raynaud’s disease or chilblains. Rosemary supports the whole nervous system, as a tonic for nervous tension and an aid against lethargy.
TRY adding three sprigs of rosemary and thyme to 500ml olive oil in a Kilner jar. Store in a cool, dry place for up to two weeks, then use in cooking or as a dip for bread.
Rosehips is a safe adaptogen for kidney function PLUS cardiovascuIar function and inflammation
Rosehips are an incredible kidney tonic. They may help prevent the formation of gravel and kidney stones (especially in susceptible people) and act as a mild diuretic for those with water retention or oedema.
TRY sprinkling ground, dried rosehip powder over cereal or in smoothies. Make your own by placing 500g dried rosehips in a food blender and grind, then sieve. Store ground rosehips in a clean, dry, airtight container.
Siberian ginseng, is a great adaptogen for osteoarthritis PLUS exhaustion & lack of stamina.
This is beneficial for those with chronic inflammation of the joints. Case studies show improvements in physical function and relief from pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.
It also helps increase overall stamina, combat exhaustion and protect against the effects of jet lag.
TRY adding a teaspoon of ground Siberian ginseng to this delicious smoothie: 1 banana, 1 cup of yogurt 1in piece of grated ginger and 1 dessertspoon of honey blitzed in a blender.
Always consult your doctor about any health concerns and before taking herbs if you are on diabetic medication.
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