By Danielle Ryan Broida
Registered Herbalist (AHG), Holistic Nutritionist, and Instructor of Mycology
Stressed? Tired? Overworked? Keep reading.
We all know that investing in your long term health starts with eating well and exercising. Easier than it sounds, right? It’s especially hard to eat the highest quality ingredients with the highest nutritional value. We all know eating sustainably sourced, nutrient-dense food is better for your body. Let’s break down some of the world’s most nutrient-dense foods that will contribute to your long-term health and our #1 tip on packing all of these ingredients into your everyday routine.
First, we need to tell you about incredible allies in your long-term health journey called adaptogens. Adapto-what? Adaptogens are plants and fungi that help your body to adapt. Both eastern and western medicine say adaptogens may assist with occasional stress relief, immune system, and energy balance. In order to qualify as an adaptogen, the plant or mushrooms must be non-toxic, safe for long-term use, naturally occurring, and non-additive. You’ll see the most benefits with daily use, so don’t reach for adaptogen as a quick fix. Instead, bring these on board as part of your daily wellness routine.
Hold up. Magic mushrooms? See, there really is magic in these fungi and adaptogens. Maybe it’s not the kind of magic you typically think of when you hear “magic mushroom,” but we’d contend the magic inside these allies is even better, because it’s the kind of magic that helps you ...
Okay, let’s break down our top ingredients that can contribute to your long-term health and read to the end for our #1 tip on consuming all of these ingredients in an easy and convenient way!
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) known as the ‘King of Mushrooms’. It’s a nutrient-dense superfood that's royally good for your immune system and has been used for hundreds of years. Finns used it as a coffee substitute back in WWII when beans weren’t available. It’s best to consume wildcrafted, organic Chaga, which means getting it directly from birch trees (with sustainable practice). It can be found in the largest birch forest in the world, the Taiga, in Siberia. Ideally, preparation is by extracting its wood-fruiting bodies and spray-dried to a concentrate - called dual-extraction.
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is your brain’s best friend when you want to get stuff done. To get the most benefits, extract the Lion’s Mane wood-grown fruiting bodies and then spray-dry the concentrate. Influencer, speaker & art director, Chelsea Yamase describes Lion’s Mane as “an indispensable part of my morning routine” and something that “enhances my productivity” and gives her “deeply focused, even energy”.
Reishi is known as the queen of mushrooms and was once reserved for royalty. It helps support occasional stress, which we all need. Seek out linden log-grown Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) and which has been extracted from fruiting bodies. We asked Shawn Stevenson, best selling author of Sleep Smarter and host of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 Health Podcast in the U.S what his pre-sleep routine is.. And you know what he said? He sips Reishi to “support overall sleep efficiency”.
Cordyceps are famous among endurance athletes all around the world. Studies show that it supports energy and endurance. The power comes from the fruiting body of Cordyceps militaris mushroom. Physician and New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Mark Hyman said “Reishi, lion's mane, chaga and cordyceps mushrooms contain powerful properties”.
Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) looks like its name. It’s been used for its antioxidant and immune-supporting properties for hundreds of years. Seek out pure, wood-grown Turkey Tail and get the most benefits by extracting the fruiting body.
This is an adaptogen you should get to know. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic herb used for so many benefits and to support so many conditions we can’t fit them all on this page. We love it for its stress and fatigue supporting properties.
An adaptogenic root used in Asia and Russia for hundreds of years. It’s known as the Siberian ginseng and may support stamina, endurance, and overall wellbeing. That’s all we can say legally, but we could go on and on.
You know you need protein, but did you know that not all protein is created equal? First, let’s go over what the heck protein does. Protein is a macronutrient that functions as the building block for your bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. It is also a building block for enzymes, hormones, and vitamins. Basically, it builds you!
Vegan protein is unique because while plants do contain amino acids (the building blocks of protein), each plant has a varying amount. For our body to get the benefits of vegan protein, we need to choose a variety of plant-based protein sources to ensure we are getting enough of these amino acids. Rather than just sticking to 1 plant for protein, reach for a wide range throughout your day. Vegan protein isn’t just for athletes to repair and rebuild muscles post-workout, though it does to that. Protein also helps you to feel full and restore overall balance in your day.
Also, choose a protein without sketchy ingredients. This means no grains, gums, natural flavors or other fillers. Make sure it’s 3rd party lab tested for pesticides and heavy metals so it’s safe to consume long-term.
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Here's the deal on this great protein:
Hold on - what about the taste? Can you imagine what a high dose of 7 functional mushrooms and adaptogens feels like? For starters, it doesn't taste like you're drinking mushrooms! Any flavor tastes great with water, berries, greens, or a banana. Plus, it's good for your body and provides all-day benefits to improve your overall wellness.
Are you ready to bring ancient wisdom to your modern world with adaptogens? We hope you’ll try these new allies and invest in your long-term health by incorporating them into your everyday routine.
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