Adaptogens - stress fighting herbs

Imagine your body’s interior as the gleaming surface of a calm lake. A small rock hits the water. The rock is an everyday annoyance, like a traffic jam, that makes you late for the dentist. Plink. A few ripples appear in the water. No big deal.

An hour later, your dentist tells you that you need a root canal. Plunk. A bigger rock lands in your lake and the circle of ripples extends to the water's edge. Your heart beats faster and your mind swirls.

Then your credit card is declined as you try to pay. Splash! The ripples of stress transform into waves.

Stress poisons every inch of our body. It cripples the immune system, upsets delicate hormones, and disrupts digestion, and that is not only it. Most dangerous of all, it increases inflammation. Stress lies at the root of every inflammatory disease. Controlled inflammation is useful, like using heat to cook, but uncontrolled inflammation will burn your house down. Stress can influence, if not spark diseases such as obesity, cancer, heart disease, arterial disease, depression, Alzheimer’s, arthritis — and the list goes on. There are no two ways about it, any kind of stress, be it physical, emotional, or psychological, will turn on inflammation in the body.