Harmonizing Mushrooms for Hormone Health and More*

How Adaptive Mushrooms Can Support You in Occasional Stress*

What’s the buzz about adaptogenic mushrooms? How can they help our body’s natural ability to regulate hormones in a healthy way?* In this blog, we’ll break down the science and stories about adaptogens, mushrooms, and hormones.

Adaptogens are herbs or mushrooms that support the body’s adaptation to occasional physical, mental, and emotional stressors.* They have been studied to help support the function of the endocrine system, immune system, nervous system, and circulatory system.* They also help in promoting healthy communication between the hypothalamus, pituitary gland and adrenal glands, also known as the HPA axis.

Adaptive mushrooms and herbs have been used in all traditional health systems around the world for many centuries. They are often known as revitalizing herbs, chi tonics, rasayanas, or restorative tonics.* Historically, physicians and herbalists were well aware of these adaptogenic mushrooms and herbs and often used them to support the health of their communities.* (1)

Hormones, stress and the HPA axis

Hormones are the chemical messengers that send signals throughout the body. Essentially, hormones communicate our feelings of hunger, arousal, joy, fear and stress between the brain and other organs in the body so that we can safely interact and adapt to our environment.*

The hypothalamus is the part of your brain that recognizes stress. When you feel stressed, the hypothalamus signals the pituitary gland, and both signal the adrenal glands to produce and release stress hormones. This is called the hypo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.

The primary function of the HPA axis is to regulate the stress response. When we experience something stressful, the HPA is engaged and a number of hormones are released, including cortisol.

Cortisol, commonly known as the stress hormone, is what courses through our veins when we are in “flight or fight” mode. As a result, our blood vessels dilate, allowing more blood to pulse to our extremities. Our senses are heightened, which prepares us to handle a fight or flight situation.

Cortisol is great when we need it to hyper-focus all of our energy on survival, making it possible to think on our feet to avoid an accident or fight for our lives. However, to do this, cortisol disrupts the signaling of other hormones, such as those that regulate the functioning of our sleep cycle or the digestive and reproductive systems. Cortisol helps you survive in the moment, but it’s not a hormone designed to help you long-term.

The modern lifestyle is busy AF. Instead of the survival stress our Paleolithic ancestors experienced when they had to hunt for their meal or scare off a wild animal to stay alive, we experience occasional mild stress more often.* Stress keeps the HPA axis firing all the time. This means your adrenal glands are constantly pumping out cortisol and your body is working hard to meet the demands.*

Learn how adaptogens can help support your energy in this blog post!*

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Adaptive mushrooms can provide support*

Most mushrooms are adaptogenic because of the many ways they help support the overall health of different body systems, including the immune system, endocrine system, and circulatory system.* Let’s look at one of the most studied adaptogenic mushrooms, Cordyceps.

Cordyceps is considered a national treasure in China and is becoming more common in the United States, where it is popular among athletes, students and busy parents looking for natural options to support energy.* Research also shows that Cordyceps promotes the function of the cortex of adrenal glands, while promoting the natural resilience of the HPA axis.* (4)

When it comes to sourcing Cordyceps, you want to know you’re getting the real deal. At AdaptogenShrooms, our Cordyceps are carefully grown and selected. Follow this link to find out how to make cordyceps tea!

Adaptive mushrooms and herbs may help support healthy HPA axis function, even during difficult times of physiological stress.*

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Lifestyle tips beyond adaptive mushrooms

In addition to adaptogenic mushrooms, we recommend incorporating practices such as deep breathing, meditation or yoga. Regular exercise has also been shown to play a role in supporting normal hormonal regularity.* Eating a healthy diet full of fresh vegetables and fruits, high-quality fats, nuts and seeds, and lean proteins can also support your overall well-being.*

We hope this was a helpful article and that you feel empowered to support whatever comes into your life!

*Statements made on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA (US Food & Drug Administration). The products sold on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information provided by this website or company is not a substitute for a personal consultation with your physician and should not be construed as individual medical advice.

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