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Adapt nation

HEALING HERBS

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What are adaptogens and how can they help heal problem skin? Amelia Richards explains

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daptogens are having a moment.
It's the buzzword that's getting
thrown around the wellness scene
a lot of late. But what are they? And how
can they bring about clearer, brighter and
healthier skin?
They're a frankly amazing group
...AND REL A X
of foods and herbs that have been
Taking an
used in Ayurvedic and Chinese
adaptogen
such
medicine for centuries, but it
as ashwagandha
seems us westerners are only just
regularly has been
discovering their awesomeness.
shown to reduce
To be classed as an adaptogen, a
anxiety by up
to 44%*.
substance must be non-toxic to the
body's physiological functions, offer
widespread support to its systems and
help bring the body back to equilibrium,
by supporting the hormonal system.
They have a chameleon-like quality in
that they have their own functions, but they
adapt them to your body's specific needs.
You can enjoy adaptogens in your coffee,
smoothie or combine them with food, given
they come as pills, tinctures or powders.

TAKING ROOT
Both American and Asian
ginseng are believed
to boost energy,
lower blood sugar and
cholesterol levels and
reduce stress.

FEEL THE BURN
Summer might be a fun season, but your
skin wouldn't agree. More times outdoors
means your skin takes a hit, and barbecues
and booze don't help either. You can
probably guess what can help summerbattered skin: adaptogens.
So which adaptogens are best for adding
a little oomph to your skin and how can you
incorporate them into your daily routine?

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A WELCOME BOOST
1. Wunder Workshop Golden
Glow Adaptogen Blend, £17.50
This herbal boost is ideal for
adding to a morning smoothie.
As well as being designed to
release your inner radiance,
the blend also boasts brahmi;
this Ayurvedic nootropic herb
has been shown to boost
both memory and cognition;
especially ideal for a busy
working life. Because
it's full of antioxidants and
vitamins, it can also help the
body's capacity for adapting
to hormone changes and help

in the fight against stress and
depression. I'd recommend
starting with 1tsp and gradually
increasing the dose each day.
2. Glow Bar Elixirs Pearl, £26.50
Pearl has been used in
Chinese medicine for
centuries. This nano-particle
pearl powder boosts collagen
production, evens skin tone,
fights signs of ageing,
and contains calcium, 30
trace minerals and essential
amino acids. It comes in
powdered form and dissolves

in any drink. You can also
apply it directly onto skin by
mixing with a little warm water.
3. Fushi Ashwagandha Root
Capsules, £10
This powerful root's alkaloids
help to ease pressures on the
hormonal and nervous systems
and work to relive anxiety,
promoting a sense of
wellbeing and calm. As
ashwagandha encourages the
body to produce melatonin, it
can prove a useful sleep aid,
too. Take these capsules daily.

July 2018 BA LA N CE

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