According to Elissa Epel, PhD, a research psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco in an article for MORE Magazine, “we’ve known for 50 years that stress contributes to hypertension, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, and autoimmune disorders — diseases that can shorten our lifespan.” She continues to explain that recent research now proves that stress can affect your healthy on a cellular level based on DNA findings. The bottom line is that stress is common, but it can also be really bad for your health.

Now, if you’re looking for a solution to help ease your stress but you’re not necessarily into the idea of taking medication and you’d rather resort to a more natural and healthy treatment, then it’s time you learn about adaptogen supplements. The term refers to specialized herbs that help your body adapt (hence the name) to internal and external stress in the body, and therefore help you cope in a natural, healthy way that can promote longevity and wellness.