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Glossary

For The Curious Minds.

Adaptogen

adap·​to·​gen
a plant extract that is held to increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.

Antioxidant

A substance (such as beta-carotene or vitamin C) that inhibits oxidation or reactions promoted by oxygen, peroxides, or free radicals.

Cortisol

Produced by the adrenal cortex upon stimulation by ACTH. Levels in the blood may become elevated in response to physical or psychological stress.

Equilibrium

A state of intellectual or emotional balance.

Elixir

A medicinal concoction.

Naturopathy

A system of treatment of disease that avoids drugs and surgery and emphasizes the use of natural agents such as herbs.

Oxidative Stress

Physiological stress on the body that is caused by the cumulative damage done by free radicals inadequately neutralized by antioxidants.