The term adaptogen was coined in 1947 by pharmacologist Lazarev to describe the effect of dibazole, a vasodilator, which increased resistance to stress in experimental studies. Adaptogen comes from the Latin adaptare and from the Greek word genes, meaning “born of”, or “produced by”. An adaptogen is useful when the body’s resistance is down or when the body is fatigued from overexertion. Nature gives us numerous adaptogenic plants. Plant extracts that have been covered in published research include Ginseng, Eleuthero, Rhodiola, Schisandra, Maca and Chinese milk vetch. These plant extracts are present in the Vitadyn line with toning and stimulating action.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS
All vitamins play an important role in the correct functioning of the vital processes of our bodies. For example, B Vitamins play a key role in the metabolism of proteins, sugars and fats. Vitamin C is a hydrosoluble vitamin that is indispensible for formation of collagen, and as with Vitamin E, it has antioxidant action, delaying cellular ageing. Vitamin A is essential for eyesight and also plays a part in the cell regeneration process. Vitamin D promotes the intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphorus, which are important for bone health.
Minerals are essential for good health and for the body’s growth: they take part in numerous metabolic processes that are essential for life. They are actually constituents of certain biomolecules, such as iron, which is the chief component of haemoglobin, an essential vehicle for carrying oxygen to tissues. Other minerals, like Calcium and Magnesium, are part of enzymes whose job is the synthesis of proteins, which makes them vital for the growth and development of various organs and tissues, such as teeth and bones. Other minerals are also important in regulating the cells’ salt and water balance.
Metabolic acidosis occurs when the blood’s acid levels rise, resulting in a decrease in pH levels, which should be between 7.35 and 7.45.
The problem can be brought on by intense muscular exertion (cycling, running…) as a result of lactic acid building up in the muscles:
part of this acid is transformed by means of an oxidation reaction in the muscle tissue, while part ends up in the blood stream, causing blood acid levels to rise. It can also be brought on by the loss of bicarbonates as a result of vomiting, diarrhoea, use of diuretics, kidney failure, stress or lack of sleep – when adrenaline and cortisone, the stress hormones, increase the release of acids – heavy smoking and drinking, insufficient supply of alkalizing foods (fruit and vegetables), excessive consumption of acidifying foods (meat, cheese) or not drinking enough liquids.
In its acute form, symptoms include nausea, tachypnea, hypotension, cardiogenic shock and arrhythmia. In its chronic form: water retention, cellulite, chronic fatigue, poor concentration, drop in energy levels, muscle cramps, dull, oxygen-deprived skin, fragile nails and hair and bone decalcification.
The body reduces acid levels on its own through 4 buffer systems, however a diet rich in alkalizing foods and supplements can help restore proper balance and optimal wellbeing.