Weather Holiday Stress with Adaptogens

Posted on by Jared Rice

Even if the holiday season is your favorite time of year, it’s likely still a stressful one. And if you hate the holidays, that seems pretty stressful too. Whatever your personal struggle, tense family relationships or that seemingly endless to-do list, we cannot ignore the toll that stress takes on our bodies. Along with holiday dietary indulgences and the dropping temperatures outside, excess stress can tax the immune system. Before you know it, you’ll have traded in your New Year's Eve tuxedo for a tissue box and a bath robe. Adaptogens have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda to regulate the effects of stress. Herbs such as astragalus (featured here in Dr. Oz’s blog), ginseng, ashwagandha and rhodiola are members of this class, working on a cellular level to optimize the body’s adaptation and response to external stressors (i.e., your job, a family member, a big change in your life) in an effort to maintain balance. They do not mitigate stress so keep practicing your deep breathing techniques. But they have been shown to enhance energy levels and support healthy immune function, making them the perfect herbal support to get you through the season. Pathway’s Adrenal Support combines proven adaptogenic herbs with B-vitamins to support the body’s natural stress response.