Rhodiola For Energy

Rhodiola is an adaptogen, and adaptogens are all the rage these days. 


The idea with adaptogens is that they adapt to the needs of your body. The amazing thing about adaptogens is that one person with a completely different hormonal profile, than the next person could take the same herb and it can help them. 


There are a lot of cases however, where this is not exactly true. Something to know about the herbs is that sometimes you have to try them and see how they work in your body and really pay attention for certain symptoms to come out. 


Rhodiola is great for energy levels. It’s an adaptogen that helps the adrenal glands. 


Adrenal fatigue is common in our world, because we’re always plugged in, we’re always going too hard, we’re exercising too much, we’re working too much, we’re eating too much or we’re partying too much. 


It’s like a world of excesses. After a while of too much force and too much exertion in our lifestyles, our adrenal glands start to get a bit tired. 


Our adrenal glands secrete our stress hormones. The stress hormones are not good in a certain sense because having too many of the stress hormones flooding our body can mess up our hormones and make us age faster. 


However, we do need a certain amount of cortisol. It is one of our stress hormones in our body and is anti-inflammatory. It keeps us awake. If we get so burnt out that we no longer are producing much of it, that’s a problem too. 


Rhodiola is pretty nifty, because it can push down elevated cortisol levels. If they’re too high, you can’t sleep at night. Rhodiola can also bring them up if they’re too low. If you’re a person that tends to be easily stressed, or constantly under stress, having low energy during the day, then Rhodiola could be helpful for you. 


Here’s what to look out for:

  1. Rhodiola can make some people feel jittery. So we like to combine it with other herbs in formulas to balance it out and make sure that your body is getting what it needs.
  2. If you’re seeing it in a formulation or trying it alone, what you want to look out for is feeling too jittery and not being able to come down from that.


Overall, Rhodiola is great for energy, great for stress moderation, and great to repair tired adrenals. It is not so good if it makes you feel more jittery and anxious. 


If you need help finding the perfect herbs for you, send us an email at info@junkjuicemagic.com and we will get you set up with the best option for you!


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