20 Mar What are adaptogenic mushrooms, and can they help with stress?
Adaptogenic mushrooms or herbs, they seem to be the new cool superfoods, that appears to help the body and mind adapt better to stress. Stress almost appears to have become a normal thing in this modern age, and none of us seems to be immune to the pressures of everyday life.
The world is nowadays is full of internal and external stressors, and they usually keep reappearing in our lives. Often due to unconscious behaviors or the environment that we live in.
So what are adaptogens precisely?
An adaptogen is a non-toxic substance or herb that is believed to increase the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning. They can help you adapt to internal and external stress. Especially Reishi mushrooms is considered to be a powerful adaptogen.
Adaptogens seem to relieve stress by modulating the release of stress hormones from the adrenal glands. Adaptogens may do for your adrenal glands what exercise does for your muscles; through training and staying consistent, you become stronger. As biological response modifiers (BRMs) adaptogens have a positive effect on the body’s natural immune function and help the body adapt to various stressors.
These adaptogenic mushrooms and herbs have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions. But it seems they have been revived again.
Adaptogenic mushrooms may also have the potential to help indirectly with other health issues, like pain, digestive concerns, insomnia, and more.
Adaptogenic Mushrooms: Lion’s Mane, Reishi and Chaga
Lion’s mane mushrooms are frequently examined for their neuroprotective benefits. Nerve Growth Factors (NGFs) found in this mushroom seem to have the ability to regenerate and protect brain tissue. Some studies also show that Lion’s mane may be beneficial for people dealing with anxiety and depression.
Reishi mushroom is probably the most well-known adaptogen. It has (among other qualities) restorative properties, and has traditionally been used to promote better sleep. Reishi also seems to improve immunity and helps with the detoxification process of the liver.
Because of its calming effects Reishi mushroom powder is also perfect as a nightcap.
Chaga is a mushroom that grows primarily on birch trees in the cold climate of the northern hemisphere. This mushroom has been used in traditional herbal medicine for many health problems. For it has a positive effect on the digestion tract, works anti-inflammatory, and has the highest levels of antioxidants found in any natural food so far.
The holistic approach and its sidekick the adaptogen
Remember that adaptogenic mushrooms or herbs aren’t a cure-all or a substitute for a healthy diet or lifestyle. That is why we are vast believers in a holistic lifestyle, and we think that adaptogens can be a great sidekick in supporting well-being. But it’s also important to remember the cause of stress in the first place. Alter or incorporate new lifestyle habits with the support of adaptogenic mushrooms or herbs. Because if nothing changes, nothing changes.