It is Monday and sometimes you need a little pick me up mid-afternoon. The team at Origins fill their mugs up with an adaptogenic mushroom powder. Our favorite is @foursigmatic , Mushroom Coffee blend. "Adaptogens are naturally occurring, non-toxic substances that can help protect your body from stress by stabilizing and optimizing a host of physiological functions. [*] Rather than serving a single targeted purpose, an adaptogen will (ahem) adapt its healing properties to whatever your body specifically needs at a given time.
In order to formally qualify as an adaptogen, these natural substances must meet the following criteria:
They must be safe for long-term use, non-toxic, and non-habit forming
They must have a non-specific effect on the body—in other words, they must help a variety of bodily systems and help the body defend against a variety of stressors including physical, chemical, and biological factors
They must help normalize system functions and maintain a state of homeostasis or overall balance
Think of adaptogens this way: You know that good friend who comes over to your house to vent after she’s had a bad day, but then she sees that you’re over-the-moon about some terrific news and promptly adjusts her demeanor to celebrate your happiness with you? That’s what an adaptogen does in the human body. It senses what the body needs and alters its behavior in whatever way necessary to foster peak wellbeing".
- Four Sigmatic