Adaptogens: what's all the buzz about?


Photo of colourful powder adaptogens together on a plate

Adaptogens are a buzzword in the wellness world, but what exactly are they?

Put simply, adaptogens are herbs and mushrooms that can help your body adapt to stress. Think of them as a little army of helpers that come to your aid when you're feeling overwhelmed or frazzled.

The benefits of adaptogens are many. They can help reduce anxiety, boost energy, and improve mood. They can also support your immune system, improve cognitive function, and enhance physical performance. Adaptogens are truly a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to promoting health and well-being.

Some common adaptogenic herbs include ashwagandha, rhodiola, and holy basil. Ashwagandha is known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety, while rhodiola is a popular choice for enhancing physical performance and reducing fatigue. Holy basil, also known as tulsi, is a great adaptogen for promoting mental clarity and overall wellness.

Other adaptogenic herbs include eleuthero, schisandra, and reishi mushrooms. Eleuthero, also known as Siberian ginseng, is often used to boost energy and endurance. Schisandra is a great choice for improving mental and physical resilience, and reishi mushrooms are known for their immune-boosting properties.
Incorporating adaptogens into your daily routine can be as simple as adding them to your morning smoothie or sipping on an herbal tea throughout the day. With their wide range of benefits and few side effects, adaptogens are a great way to support your health and well-being in a natural way.

With new adaptogenic products emerging everyday, we understand it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together a curated list of our favourite adaptogenic products at  The Lake.

From stimulating mushroom coffee to functional non-alcoholic beverages, we’ve sourced some of the most sought after responsibly-made adaptogenic drinks on the market for your enjoyment.


Made in Montreal, MushUp specializes in functional coffees enriched with adaptogenic mushrooms. The calming effects of reishi, lion's mane, and cordyceps work to reduce the caffeine jitters without the added taste of mushrooms! 

Kin Euphorics

Kin Euphorics is a non-alcoholic, functional beverage, designed using ingredients that nourish the mind and body. Adaptogens to help you manage stress; nootropics to support brain cognition; and spirit-centering botanics to elevate taste. Carefully layering these energy-transforming ingredients help tune your mood and activate the power, energy, and peace that is already in you.

Coming to you from New York, NY.


In developing the brand, Parch™ studied ancient beverages, rituals and botanical infusions across Mexico and the Southwestern US, drawing inspiration from traditional plant-based beverages enjoyed as alternatives to alcohol. Their distinctive adult beverages are inspired by the Sonoran Desert and the lush biodiversity it keeps. Each sip offers complex flavors from unique pairings of desert ingredients, based on the ethos that “what grows together, goes together."

Their bespoke blend of active adaptogens were chosen by their naturopathic doctor to work symbiotically with your body’s natural functions. Each can contains 285mg of our custom blend of Ashwagandha, L-Theanine, American Ginseng & GABA. They call this ‘The Parch Effect’. To ensure greatest efficacy, all their adaptogens are sustainably-sourced and GRAS-certified by the FDA.

Parch hails from Arizona.

Lake & Oak

Known for their clean and functional Superfood Teas & Latte Blends, Lake & Oak sips are among the best we’ve tasted.

Lake & Oak began in 2017 when Meredith was searching for a natural remedy for her anxiety and digestive troubles. Her passion for plants as medicine, and knack for flavours lead her to the kitchen to create Lake & Oak's signature tea blends.
Their mission is to create unique, flavour-packed teas that were fun to drink and benefit the body and mind. Things you'll never find in Lake & Oak blends? Sugar, sweeteners or so-called "natural flavours" - they let the plants speak for themselves.

Lake & Oak is made in Hamilton, Ontario.


Immorel is a line of sparkling mushroom-based teas that brings the health benefits of functional mushrooms to the masses. Their teas elevate your mind and body in a way that's delicious, tingly, and a little evil.

Finding moments of relaxation in our daily routine can be challenging, but having a tranquil moment is more doable with the soothing effects of chamomile and reishi mushrooms. Make time to take a pause from the hustle and bustle.

Crafted in Brooklyn, NY.