The Best Adaptogens for Detox

It turns out some mushrooms really can be magic—when it comes to detoxing you from stress. The kinds of mushrooms we’re talking about fall under the classification of “adaptogens.” Some plants and herbs can be classified as adaptogens as well. Learn more about adaptogens and how they can help you with your detox in this article!

These natural substances are called adaptogens because they help you “adapt” to stress. They do this by working with our hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands to keep our cortisol levels from rising. Adaptogens can also help reduce mental fatigue and clear our minds.

Additionally, some adaptogens can improve the function of different systems of our body—from our digestion to our skin—so becoming knowledgeable about them can help you detox in the specific areas you may feel you need assistance.

This is all something that Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicines have known for many, many years. And now, thankfully, we are seeing these amazing mushrooms, herbs, and plants become more easily available (and more palatable to consume).

Below you’ll find the five best adaptogens for detox—and you’ll want to read about each closely, as each of these magical and natural substances has its own special powers.

What Are the Best Adaptogens for Detox?

1. Chaga

Chaga’s appearance is not its most magical part. But where it falls short on looks, chaga offers amazing health benefits. In fact, chaga has been traditionally used to improve immunity and fight inflammation for centuries. Given that inflammation is at the root of many chronic diseases, using chaga to detox from inflammation could be a very good thing.

2. Reishi

Reishi is another of the “magical” mushrooms. It is known to boost the immune system and improve organ function. Reishi has also been shown to be a natural antihistamine. But perhaps most impressive of the reishi mushroom’s many benefits is its powerful status as an antioxidant. Reishi’s ability to help clear our body of free radicals may even provide us with anti-aging benefits.

3. Ginseng

Our liver is responsible for cleansing our body of a variety of waste products and toxins. But what do you do to care for your liver and help it recharge? Well, there’s an adaptogen for that—ginseng. Ginseng has been shown to be beneficial when it comes to liver function, even for those suffering from liver disorders.

4. Maca

Maca root is another powerful adaptogen when it comes to detoxifying our livers. The maca powder we consume actually comes from a cruciferous vegetable. The naturally occurring sulfur in this vegetable helps our bodies produce an antioxidant called gluthionine. This antioxidant helps our liver work better and improves our ability to rid our body of toxins. Research on humans has even shown that maca was an effective treatment for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

5. Ashwagandha

Also known as “Indian ginseng,” ashwagandha functions as both an anti-microbial and an antioxidant. As an emollient, it can help smooth the skin while also helping our skin retain moisture. But, even more importantly, this powerful adaptogen that has been used as a tonic for hundreds of years has been shown by research to protect us against stress, inflammation, tumors, arthritis, and even pain.

6. Eleuthero

This one is also sometimes called “Siberian ginseng.” Like ginseng, eleuthero can help support healthy liver function. It has also been shown to protect the body from radiation therapy, so for anyone dealing with cancer treatment, eleuthero could be a powerful detoxifier indeed.

The Conclusion on Adaptogens for Detox

When it comes determining the best adaptogens for detox, the real answer is really as simple as the ones you take regularly. Research shows that adaptogens can detox us from stress both in the short-term and the long-term. Meaning, you can use adaptogens as a way to support your health, but also take it in acute situation.

Said yet another way, you could drink an adaptogenic detox tea every afternoon—and drink an additional one if you’re having a particularly hard day, feeling under the weather, or simply want to flush your body and clear your mind.

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Dr Wendy Myers, ND is a detox expert, functional diagnostic nutritionist, NES Bioenergetic Practitioner, and founder of She is the #1 bestselling author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue . Additionally, Wendy is the host of The Heavy Metals Summit, the Myers Detox Podcast, and the Supercharged Podcast. Passionate about the importance of detox to live a long and healthy life, she created the revolutionary Myers Detox Protocol , and Mitochondria Detox kit after working with thousands of clients, as well as a range of supplements to help you detox from everyday living and maintain a healthy lifestyle!

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