Adaptogens To Help Your Immune System
It’s the time of the year where the days are shorter, it’s starting to get chillier and every single person around you is sick. I feel like I’m constantly dodging people sneezing and coughing, especially when I’m on train. (I’ve definitely considered getting a face mask for when I’m on the train but not sure Chris would sit next to me lol). It’s also the time of the year where I’m doing my hardest training getting ready for 50 miler at the beginning of December (Daytona 100!).
So during this time I load up on adaptogens to help support my immune system. Yes, I also eat a lot of natural sources of vitamin C (hello winter citrus and squash!).These adaptogens are also great to take when you are traveling or during a race week taper.
Note: You shouldn’t take all of these at the same time. Pick one or two and experiment with them. I usually take about a 1/2 a teaspoon at a time blended into my smoothie or tea.
Ashwagandha - In addition to the stress relieving properties, ashwagandha helps support your immune system by acting as an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant. It also helps restore the endurance, energy, and stamina we need to fight off any sickness. This is a staple in our smoothies.
Rhodiola - It helps to negate the negative effects of stress by stabilizing cortisol levels, as well as bolstering the immune system, which is often working overtime during the fall/winter.
Reishi - This little fungus helps boost the immune system by a unique reduction in inflammation and oxidative stress. It also chills you out. I like to put some in my tea at night or make some hot cacao from Four Sigmatic.
Chaga - aka King Healer…..sounds like something you should be taking, am I right? Chaga increases the production of immune cells. This can help increase the immune system’s ability to fight pathogens. I like putting this in my coffee in the morning.
So there you have it! These four adaptogens help keep me healthy and energized through the cold, germ filled fall and winter up in here in NYC.
Stay healthy my friends!