Goodbye Stress, Hello Energy

Many women are so constantly stressed and fatigued that they find it hard to make it through the day. The culprit is often their adrenal glands, which have been overworked to the point of exhaustion. When adrenal health isn’t optimal, other systems in the body may be thrown off, as well. Here are three herbs that can be used to address balance and energy in the body.

Rhodiola rosea.  Rhodiola is a highly esteemed adaptogen, a substance which literally helps the body adapt to stress. It has a long history of use for helping to fight fatigue and enhance physical and mental performance. There are more than 200 species of Rhodiola, but Rhodiola rosea is considered the preferred form because it contains beneficial compounds known as rosavins.

Siberian Ginseng.  Research has demonstrated that Siberian ginseng, also known as eleuthero root, is associated with a mellow energy boost without the kick of caffeine. It’s important to note that people with uncontrolled high blood pressure or taking the drug digoxin should not take Siberian ginseng.

Reishi.  Nicknamed “the mushroom of immortality” by the Chinese, Reishi (lingzhi) mushrooms were believed to enhance memory and support happiness, good health and longevity. But extensive research confirms that Reishi also contains compounds that may offer health benefits. They are commonly eaten in stir-fry dishes and soups, but also available in supplement form.

What’s your favorite natural pick-me-up? Share it with us in the comments below.

Dr. Laurie Steelsmith

Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine and co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness. Visit her website at www.DrSteelsmith.com.

About Dr. Laurie Steelsmith

Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine and co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness. Visit her website at www.DrSteelsmith.com.

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4 comments on «Goodbye Stress, Hello Energy»

  1. Shari Cox says:

    This all sounds great and I am ordering to try it . It would be nice if it came as a supplement all together. I have had to order each item separate.

  2. Jorie says:

    Hi Shari,
    We don’t have a combo product that includes these three herbs Dr. Steelsmith mentions, but check out our new Targeted Wellness Stress Support product: http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-targeted-wellness-stress-support-60-capsules-5 It might be what you are looking for!

  3. Paula says:

    Can you take these supplements if you have hypertension and are taking hydrochlorothiazide?

    1. Katie says:

      Paula, we strongly urge you to discuss this with your doctor, as we cannot give medical advice or make recommendations. Thanks!

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