Adaptive mushrooms to support stress

From the demands of a busy job, to the responsibility of caring for a family, to the challenges that arise in friendship – our lives can often be physically and mentally stressful. Throw in the holidays and the fact that we’re living through a pandemic, and it’s becoming clear that we’re all dealing with more stress than we’ve ever had to deal with before.

There is some good news. Ancient healing wisdom can help you manage the modern scourge of stress using traditional healing plants and mushrooms known as adaptogens.

What is an adaptogen? What are the best ones to download? When and how should you take them for best results? Here, we explain what you need to know.

What is an adaptogen?

In simpler terms, an adaptogen is a plant or mushroom that helps your body handle stress. Stress can come in many forms. Physical stressors include…

  • Disease
  • Damage
  • The lack of sleep
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Strenuous physical work or exercise.

Mental stressors include…

  • Work, school or family demands
  • Major life changes, such as divorce, death of a loved one, financial loss, or natural disasters
  • Internal struggles such as worry, pessimism, perfectionism
  • Conditions such as depression and anxiety

Both physical and mental stressors cause your body to react with changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and hormone levels. Depending on how long the stress lasts and how well you deal with it, your body can experience long-term negative effects from these physical reactions.

While it’s ideal to reduce stressors in your life when possible, it’s also important to find healthy ways to manage your reaction to those stressors. That’s where adaptogenic plants come in. Research shows that adaptogens can help regulate hormone levels and can help fight fatigue and depression. They can support your physical and mental state under high levels of stress and mitigate the long-term effects.

Adaptive Mushrooms

Want to get your adaptogens from one of the most timeless sources? Mushrooms are one of the best sources of adaptogens and have been used for millennia in many cultures around the world for their tonic effects, fighting stress and fatigue and improving endurance and longevity. Two well-known adaptogenic mushrooms are reishi and cordyceps.

  • Reishi it has been referred to as “nature’s Xanax” due to its positive effect on mental health. Studies have linked the bioactive components of reishi to lower levels of fatigue, depression and anxiety. Reishi also appears to help improve sleep quality, which can be an important part of stress management.
  • Cordyceps is another adaptogen that fights stress. Stress can potentially lead to chronic disease. Cordyceps counteracts this stress response by helping your body fight fatigue and use oxygen more efficiently for higher energy levels.

How to take adaptogenic mushrooms

Consider upgrading your morning routine by adding a scoop of 100% reishi or cordyceps mushroom powder from AdaptogenShroomss to your morning smoothie, yogurt or cereal. Pressed for time? Instead, swallow a few capsules of 100% mushroom powder. Alternatively, get the stress-relieving effects of reishi enhanced by other mushrooms and the adaptogenic herb ashwagandha in Om’s delicious, soothing hot chocolate blend. Stir a packet into warm milk (dairy or plant-based) for a totally relaxing way to end the day. AdaptogenShroomss recommends using 2 teaspoons of mushroom powder each day for the first three weeks of use to accelerate the beneficial adaptogenic effects. You can then reduce your daily dose to one teaspoon for maintenance.

Amy Smith is a health-conscious writer, educator, and mother of six who lives on a small plot of land in rural Pennsylvania. Produces informative online content for a variety of clients in the fields of physical living, health and wellness, family and parenting.

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