Biohacking with functional mushrooms

From meditation to biohacking intermittent fasting has become a common technique people use to improve their daily lives and optimize peak performance. While some techniques are combined with traditional herbal medicine, others can involve a different set of pursuits as an attempt to manipulate the brain and body.*

The field of biohacking has become very popular in Silicon Valley, where individuals use a technical mindset as a way to solve engineering problems but also as a way to create a greater level of awareness about human biology and our interactions with our social and ecological environment. While biohacking can be represented in many ways, there are three common subdivisions or subcultures that have emerged from the field of biohacking. These include nutritional genomics, DIY biology and the mill.

Nutrigenomics focuses on food interactions and their effects on gene expression. This approach involves looking at how different nutrients affect how you feel, think and behave and how they relate to your genetic profile. While nutrients play a large role in our mental, emotional and physical functioning a 2015 review of nutritional genomics suggested that nutrients were only one piece of the puzzle and that other factors such as occasional stress levels and exercise played an important role in the response of biological processes to food. In addition, DIY biology or “citizen science” is another popular approach to biohacking that encourages training and experience in scientific fields outside of controlled experimental environments such as clinics. Finally, the mill is a biohacking subculture that sees every part of the human body as experimental and therefore “hackable.” Grinder can be described as the most unorthodox approach to biohacking that tries to optimize the body with chemical injections, implants and gadgets so they can make their body do what they want. Both DIY and grinder biology seem like futuristic approaches to biohacking, and while there are positive results that can come from these practices, there can also be dangerous or deadly consequences.

While biohacking certainly goes to extremes, an increasingly popular and safe tool to ‘biohack’ is supplementing with functional mushrooms*. This biohack consists of including popular functional mushrooms such as Lions Mane, Cordyceps and Reishi in your daily routine to support vitality.* Functional mushrooms have roots in ancient times and have been applied to traditional practices such as Western herbal medicine and traditional chinese herbalism.*

Lion’s Mane mushrooms, for example, are known as a nootropic or adaptogen traditionally used to support cognitive function*. In Western herbalism, Lion’s Mane mushrooms have been used as a nervous system tonic to support healthy recall and focus*. For this reason, it is one of the main ingredients in both the Lion’s Mane Focus tincture and the Daily 10 tincture. Lion’s Mane can be described as a helper while you’re trying to complete tasks and check items off your to-do list!*

On the other hand, Reishi mushrooms can support relaxation and are great after work and before bed*. They benefit sleep and facilitate our journey in times of stress. They can also be used to support certain daily activities, such as an ongoing meditation practice or creative writing and artwork. Along with other herbs and mushrooms, Reishi belongs in our Calm tincture.

Last but not least, Cordyceps, the main mushroom in our Energy Tincture has been shown to support healthy energy levels and stamina*. This mushroom can help you “biologically” your day by supporting long work days, household tasks and exercise routines. This mushroom can provide that extra boost to help you without having to consume multiple cups of coffee.

These three mushrooms are a great starting point to optimize your day and help you feel your best. This is the primary goal of biohacking! Although life can always throw curves, they are much easier to handle when you are equipped and supported from the inside out.

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