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ADAPTOGENIC HERBS STRESS BUSTERS FOR THE MODERN AGE

Anxiety, edginess, fatigue, and insomnia may seem like modern problems, but they’ve always been with us. While today’s version of a “bad day” doesn’t involve a saber-tooth tiger as it did in Stone Age times, it might include an attack from a wild boss, leaving you spent, sore, and sleepless. We live in the same bodies as those of our caveman ancestors, and that primitive body responds to stress by producing hormones that cause adrenal gland and sympathetic nervous system stimulation—as well as increased respiration, blood pressure, blood sugar, and heart rate.

With acute stress, the body returns to normal quickly. But if stress is prolonged, the effects can be damaging, spawning elevated cholesterol, digestive ulcers, and diabetes. Herbal adaptogens, often called “tonic herbs,” can help defend against this chronic stress and its deleterious effects on the body. They are safe, nontoxic, and have a generalized, normalizing, balancing influence on the body—these herbs not only help the body to cope with stress, but they also enhance immunity, combat fatigue, promote strength, and encourage muscle development and

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