When stress rears its ugly head, it can take a terrible toll on your body, mind, and longevity.
But stress can also be calmed when you harness an ancient secret that most conventional doctors have never even heard of.
Earlier this week I told you how chronic stress can wreck your metabolism and sharply boost your risk of type 2 diabetes — just one of many detrimental health problems associated with stress.
But today, we’ll explore a unique stress-calming phenomenon that helps your body achieve the balance it craves.
Keeping your health on an even keel
Everyone recognizes 98.6° F as the ideal body temperature. That’s the most obvious way that your body seeks balance — also known as homeostasis.
Virtually every system in your body does its best work in a state of homeostasis — blood pressure, blood sugar, digestion, bone formation — the list could go on for days.
And achieving this healthy balance is one of the major keys to a long, healthy life. And reaching homeostasis is no secret: Simply eat properly, get exercise, calm your mind, and sleep well.
While we do our best to make those things happen, nature has also provided us with botanicals that can help your body find its balance.
These natural “secrets” are known as Adaptogens — herbs that help your body adapt to internal and external changes. But this is no secret in other parts of the world. Adaptogens like ginseng and ashwagandha have been used by Chinese and Indian healers for centuries.
In Dr. Marc Micozzi’s Insider’s Ultimate Guide to Outsmarting “Old Age,” he describes the remarkable effects these herbs have on our bodies: “If you’re cold, they help you warm up. If you’re hot, they help cool you down. If you’re tired, they wake you up. If you need rest, they help you sleep. And so on.”
But he adds that they have specific therapeutic effects too. They can help:
- Keep nerve cells and synapses in the brain functioning properly.
- Promote healthy, balanced blood sugar.
- Return abnormal cells to normal.
Relieving stress on a cellular level
Perhaps the best known adaptogen is ashwagandha, which is used for general longevity and other indications in Ayurvedic medicine — the ancient medical practice of India.
But several years ago, Dr. Micozzi discovered another powerful adaptogen called Sutherlandia frutescens, which he believes is equal to the effect of ashwagandha.
And like ashwagandha, sutherlandia has a rich history. After being used in South Africa for many centuries, doctors employed it during WW I to treat stress in soldiers and citizens. Sutherlandia was also put to use shortly after the war as the only effective treatment against the deadly Spanish Flu.
Dr. Micozzi notes that sutherlandia prompts your body to activate its own resources to maintain homeostasis and promote healthy function. In turn, it can reduce the effects of aging by alleviating small, stress-related changes that occur on a cellular level.
This is why Dr. Micozzi calls adaptogens “Mother Nature’s secret weapon” for achieving optimal health and longevity.
“Sutherlandia,” he adds, “is, by far, one of the most exciting discoveries I’ve made in my years of researching medical anthropology. I encourage you to try it for yourself. I recommend 600 mg per day.”
For ashwagandha, Dr. Micozzi recommends 500 mg per day. And he also notes that, whatever adaptogen you choose, it’s important to take it consistently for about two to three months so it has time to “build up” in your system. This way it can provide a full therapeutic benefit.
But if you give it time, he predicts you’ll soon experience just how transformative adaptogens can be for energy, mood, thinking, and overall well-being.
You can find more information about these two superior supplements — as well as other simple, common-sense strategies for staying vibrant, youthful, and healthy well into your 70s, 80s, and beyond — in the Resource Directory of Dr. Micozzi’s Insider’s Ultimate Guide to Outsmarting “Old Age.” Click here to find out more about this online learning tool, or to enroll today.