3 Adaptogens That Will Majorly Bust Your Stress

by Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott ; Updated March 27, 2018

Stress is a natural feeling that we all experience — and that’s OK! The key is learning how to manage it by making tweaks to your lifestyle to help you feel balanced. Fortunately, there’s a particular group of foods that help bust stress and give you all those happy vibes.

These popular stress-relieving foods are called adaptogens because they help our bodies adapt and naturally cope with different circumstances. Adaptogens aid in controlling your adrenal system, which is responsible for managing how well your body reacts to stress. They are also great because they slowly and naturally improve it without any spikes or crashes.

Today we’re sharing a few of our favorite adaptogenic foods. They’re the perfect additions to smoothies, coffee and even chocolate to balance those stress hormones and allow you to live the best version of your life.


This ancient adaptogen has been used in ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It’s known for its powerful ability to decrease stress and balance your thyroid and adrenal glands, which produce sex hormones and stress-relieving cortisol. Ashwagandha is excellent in boosting energy, strengthening your immune system and aiding in a deeper, improved quality of sleep. You can grab this in supplement form from most grocery stores — or look for it in teas and chocolate.


Maca is grown as a root in Peru, but it is usually packaged in powdered form for public consumption. It’s known for its mood-boosting, stress-relieving benefits, and studies show that it has incredible hormone-stabilizing effects on your body. This is important for glowing skin, a healthy immune system and a strong metabolism. At Tone It Up, we add up to a teaspoon of maca powder to our smoothies and coffee, stir into coconut or almond yogurt or add to these Protein Pancakes.

Holy Basil

Holy basil’s stress-easing properties have also been employed in ayurvedic medicine since ancient times. It successfully reduces stress thanks to its phytochemical compounds. These work in your body to lower your levels of cortisol (aka the stress hormone). Enjoy the calming benefits of holy basil in teas or essential oils.

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What Do YOU Think?

Were you already familiar with adaptogens and their properties? Will you be including them in your diet? How do you normally use powdered supplements? Let us know in the comments section.