Adaptogens: Find Your Ally
Adaptogens help to normalize and optimize bodily functions.
They work to tonify to the important organs of the body including the lungs, kidneys and cardiovascular system.
They work with the body’s hormone glands to balance stress and sexual hormones.
Many of them also help to lower blood pressure, normalize blood sugar and maintain healthy levels of cholesterol.
Adaptogens help your body adapt. For one with weak lungs or asthma, reishi may help improve lung function. For someone who is overworked, reishi might help them get some much needed sleep. That is, adaptogens are non-specific.
Adaptogens are safe for long term use. However, if you are pregnant, you are advised to consult with a healthcare practitioner before use.
Of the dozen or so adaptogens in the world, there are a few known to have an affinity for the reproductive system. Each Sexí Spice contains one of these "sexy" adaptogens. Luckily, these are some of the most studied and effective adaptogens.
Adaptogens may have an immediate and pronounced effect, and sensitive people may understand the properties of a particular plant or mushroom right away. Often, working with an adaptogen is a relationship that develops over time. Think of taking a B vitamin or doing pushups. The world doesn’t change with one pill or one set of pushups, but consistancy over time can produce powerful results. So it is with adaptogens.
**Click on the name of the adaptogen to find sauces that contain it.
A nightshade like chiles, this plant from India is known as the Indian Ginseng. It has been used for millenia to improve sleep, increase alertness, increase sexual potency, relax the nervous system, and relieve stress and anxiety. Called an adaptogen for its ability enhance body's response to stress and to balance normal bodily functions.
*Contraindicated in cases of hyperthyroid.
Modern researchers see chile as a longevity herb because it helps prevent certain serious chronic disease. Chile stimulates metabolism and circulation, helsp lower blood pressure, keeps the blood vessels clean. It inhibits pain perception and may reduce inflammation. Chile contains powerful antioxidants, a massive concentration of vitamins A & C, as well as B6 and Vitamin K.
Supports brain function! One of the only substances on the planet that we know that supports the repair and regeneration of nerve tissue in the brain and throughout the nervous system. (The other substance that does this magic is found in psilocybe mushrooms). Research shows that its powers increase over the first several weeks of use, stabilize and then taper off once regular consumption is discontinued. Lion’s Mane may also improve immune function and help regulate mood. It tastes good sautéed in butter.
The "mushroom of immortality" strengthens the body's immune system, making us more resistant to disease, calms the nerves, and concentrates the will. Tibetan yogis recognize its usefulness in gaining deep wisdom.
Used for thousands of years in Siberia, Asia and Europe to increase energy, endurance, strength, and mental focus. Modern research confirms its ability to improve mental and physical performance.
Cordyceps can combat fatigue and improve mental energy. It nourishes the adrenal glands and improves liver function. Tibetan healers use it for at least 21 diseases and give it to increase sexual vigor. Its gaining attentions in the sports world for its ability to increase athletic performance.
Live bacteria strengthen our digestion. The microbiome in our instestines absorb and create some of our most important nutrients. Bacterial diversity is highly important. Eating a diversity of fermented foods from local organic farms is a great way to maintain strong digestion. This is why Sexí Spice does not use vinegar to make chile sauces. Living bacterial colonies greatly enhance the nutritional value of the fermented substance, preserve our food, prevent pathogens and maintain our microbiome.