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Oct 12, 2020

If there was ever a year to learn more about how certain herbs can reduce stress, it has to be 2020, right?

In today’s episode, my guest — Vicki Shanta Retelny — explains how certain herbs known as “adaptogens” help your body adapt to stress by acting on the neuroendocrine system to thwart our stress response.

Vicki*, a fellow registered dietitian nutritionist who started studying adaptogens in recent years, explains that as stress causes our sympathetic nervous system (our “fight or flight” response) to kick in, adaptogens dampen that response and allow for our para-sympathetic (the more calming side of our nervous system) to take over. She also discusses how adaptogens reduce the amount of cortisol that is released in response to stress.

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