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How To Get The Best Results From Adaptogens

Posted by Christine Bullock on

So you’ve decided to try an adaptogen supplement for stress—but what now? The first step is to find one with an expertly blended mix of high-quality herbs, like Kayo’s Stress Support. Then comes the most important part: Remembering to take your adaptogens every single day and sticking with them long-term.

Consistency is key with any supplement, but it’s especially vital with adaptogens. That’s because it takes time for them to bring your body into balance. As a rule, experts recommend taking them for at least three months—even up to a year—before you assess whether they’re working.

I’ve personally made the mistake of quitting adaptogen supplements after not noticing an immediate difference. And, of course, I didn’t see any long term benefits because I didn’t stick with them long enough!

“But what if I’m just dealing with a temporary stressor?”

This is a question I hear all the time—some people think they can turn to supplements for stress during busy weeks and ditch them during calmer periods. Unfortunately, when it comes to adaptogens, this isn’t going to give you the best results.

It’s true that adaptogens help protect your body from the negative effects of stress, but as mentioned before, it can take an entire season (or longer!) for these medicinal herbs and mushrooms to bring your system into balance. Taking adaptogens for a few days here and there isn’t likely to impact the way you feel.

Plus, chances are your body is experiencing more stress than you realize, even during “slow” weeks. Catching your kid from falling, responding to a last-minute work deadline, and even watching the news can spike stress hormones like cortisol. For me, chronically high cortisol levels led to fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, and fertility issues—and these are just a few of many symptoms that people experience from unchecked stress.

By taking adaptogen supplements for stress on the reg, your body is better equipped to handle the “micro-stressors” that occur each and every day, as well as the bigger moments of stress that may arise.

Bottom Line: Stick With Your Adaptogen Supplement for Stress, Even If You Don’t Feel Immediate Benefits

I know that it can be hard to stay consistent with any supplement long-term if it doesn’t make you feel better right away. That’s why we added a little something extra to Kayo’s Stress Support Adaptogen Formula—l-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea.

Studies show that l-theanine can have a calming effect quickly by directly impacting brain chemistry. So Stress Support gives you the best of both worlds: L-theanine helps you feel less stressed right away while the adaptogens in the formula—ashwagandha, rhodiola, and gotu kola—help your body become more resilient to stress over time.

As always, check with your doctor before you add adaptogens or any supplement to your routine, especially if you’re on medication, pregnant or nursing.

Have any other questions about adaptogens or Kayo’s supplements for stress? Drop me a DM at @kayobodycare and I’ll answer them on social or in an upcoming blog post!

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