It is well understood that stress eventually leads to illness. In this article we will look at a few ways this happens, and relate it to the age old concept of vitality, which is still used today. Vitality can be linked to our genetic predispositions and developmental influences that act to resist the effects of stress in our bodies in various ways.
Adaptogens are substances that improve the bodies ability to resist and recover from stress. Stress can come in many forms, but is basically anything that pushes the body away from homeostasis. There has been a significant amount of research regarding adaptogens in the past few decades following the publicized use of these substances by successful olympic atheletes. Only recently are we beginning to really understand their mechanisms.