With the vast ocean of an industry that exceeds 122 billion dollars of supplements, pills, powders and elixirs in our wellness world, just exactly how do we decipher which things will actually work for the path we are walking in our personal wellness journey?
An even better question is how do we know which supplements to trust and what natural plant-based adaptogens will give us more sustained energy throughout the day?
It should not come as a shock to anyone that the weight of our current responsibilities in this modern world are growing more every day. Combine this fact with all the social media, electronic, and technology distractions that pull us away from living a life of optimal wellness, and then how can we hit the reset button without wearing a bathrobe in the mountains for 5 days? (JK) 🙂
To help transcend overwhelm and excess stress, today on the podcast we’re talking about the natural ways we can modulate stress and help to normalize our bodies by finding more balance.
We’re talking with my good friend, Nutritional Therapist, and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Evan Brand, about using adaptogens; natural and phyto-therapeutic uses of plants to help us heal and give us more energy.
Functional Medicine Through An Ancestral Lens
If you been listening to the podcast for a while, you know that I’ve been a huge fan of Rhodiola Rosea as well as Maca for energy, so today on the podcast, if you’ve been curious about using adaptogens for wellness and energy this is going to be an awesome show for you.
I know you’re going to love (just as much as I did) Evan’s down-home, grounded and authentic personality where we dive into topics like functional medicine through an ancestral lens, how to get back in touch with your inner dialogue, letting go of “paralysis by analysis,” what adaptogens and supplements are best to take with you while traveling, and one of my most favorite seven for seven rounds we’ve had yet on the show.
Be sure to stick around to hear Evan’s take on the emotional quotient in letting go of old weight and how to use plants to give the type of healing that could never be produced in a lab.
What Are Adaptogens?
- Adaptogens: Modulate stress responses and can help normalize body imbalances. By supporting adrenal function, they counteract the adverse effects of stress.
- They enable the body’s cells to access more energy; help cells eliminate toxic byproducts of the metabolic process and help the body to utilize oxygen more efficiently.
- Phytotherapy refers to the use of plants for their healing abilities. Adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants: They help balance, restore and protect the body.
- As naturopath Edward Wallace explains, “An adaptogen doesn’t have a specific action: It helps you respond to any influence or stressor, normalizing your physiological functions.”
Top 9 Adaptogens
- Rhodioloa Rosea: boosts endurance and fights depression (golden root)
- Ashwaghanda: helps to promote healthy levels of energy and sleep
- Schisandra berry: lowers inflammation, supports adrenal health, improves liver and digestion
- Maca: helps with reducing fatigue, enhancing energy and endurance
- Cordyceps: considered the “ginseng of mushrooms” and are known to have a truly awesome effect on endurance and stamina
- Holy Basil: has been found in many studies to be equivalent to many modern painkillers
- Ginseng: panax ginseng roots are proven anti-inflammatory, can regulate blood sugar and can even inhibit some characteristics associated with cancer.
- Reishi Mushroom: traditional Chinese medicine uses reishi to “calm the spirit.” Reishi, (literally “supernatural” mushrooms) have been used for more than 2,000 years, making them perhaps the oldest mushroom to be used medicinally. They can be helpful to reduce anxiety, alleviate insomnia, combat fatigue, and lower blood pressure. Shawn Stevenson calls this “the mushroom of immortality”
- Licorice Root: increases energy, increase immune function
Listen to Episode 111 As Evan Uncovers:
- What it means to look at functional medicine through an ancestral lens.
- How Evan helps his clients through functional medicine and different tests.
- What we can do to get back in touch with our human nature by getting rid of WiFi, blue light, and spending time with nature.
- Evan’s experience working for 21st Century Parks and how he fell in love with nature and forest bathing.
- How to ingest adaptogens for optimal benefits to combat stress, fatigue, and enhance performance
- What are the best adaptogens to help manage anxiety?
- How to use natural ways of living and being to support homeostasis in the body.
- Why more problems come from over researching and “information overload” which creates analysis paralysis that make people avoid doing anything.
- What are the top three Adaptogens for balancing the body and nervous system: Perfect Acai Revive: Rhodiola Rosea, Cordyceps, Grape Seed Extract
- The best foods and supplements to take on the road when traveling
- How CBD oil and other healing modalities can support the well-being of those suffering from cancer and various health disorders
- The right types of mindset and emotional intelligence that makes a difference when overcoming a chronic disease
Power Quotes From Evan Brand
[tweetthis] “What we’ve forgotten is how powerful nature can be to heal us.” – @mrevanbrand [/tweetthis]
[tweetthis] “It’s not what happens to you in life but how you respond to it.” – @mrevanbrand [/tweetthis]
About Evan Brand
Evan Brand is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, and Nutritional Therapist who is a globally recognized leader in the fields of ancestral health, Paleo nutrition, and functional medicine. He is the creator of NotJustPaleo.com, one of the top 25 natural health podcasts on iTunes, and the author of three books including REM Rehab, Stress Solutions, and The Everything Guide to Nootropics.
Resources Mentioned by Evan & Josh
- Not Just Paleo website
- Not Just Paleo facebook
- Evan Brand Website
- The Everything Guide To Nootropics
- Stress solutions: hack your stress, calm your system and take charge of your life
- Earthing Mat
- Aviva Romm: herbalist, midwife, doctor
- Mind Body Green: 3 Powerful Herbs For Energy
- CBD Oils
- HPA Axis
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Dr. Mercola Interview
- Heart Math Institute
- Forest Bathing: Shinrin Yoku
- Iris software – blocks blue light light spectrum light
- Antenna Search: See how many antenna are around your house
- Dr. Jonathan Wright: Why Stomach Acid Is Good For You
- Dr. Mercola on Cacao
- William Randolph Hearst – Paper-mill Hemp Controversy
- Emotional Healing Through Ayahuasca
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111 Evan Brand: Adaptogens For Wellness & Energy