Kim van der Veer about Ayurveda and functional mushrooms

My experience with functional mushrooms

Guest blog Mush Superfoods

My experiences with mushrooms

As a Yoga teacher and Ayurveda Lifestyle Coach I am constantly looking for ways to bring more balance in my life and the lives of others. With Ayurveda as the main source of inspiration, I am convinced that everyone is unique and needs something different to become the healthiest and happiest version of yourself. A “one-pill-fits-all-solution” simply does not exist. For that reason I started experimenting with mushrooms.

Although adaptogens in Ayurveda have been used for more than 6,000 years to restore hormone balance and reduce stress, mushrooms are not described herein. That does not mean that mushrooms are not Ayurvedic. In fact, everything is Ayurveda. The question to ask yourself is: Is this a good choice for me at the moment?

With this question I went on to test the three different types of mushrooms (Reishi, Lion’s mane & Chaga) from Mush Superfoods. I soon noticed that Reishi works great after a stressful day at work or when my daughter needed my attention all day. In those troubled moments, making a cup of warm almond milk with reishi, saffron and cinnamon helped me immensely. It made sure I could really ground again. This makes Reishi one of my new tools that I have added to my Ayurveda toolbox.

I would also like to add the Chaga, because especially in these times when your immunity can use a boost, I have noticed how a teaspoon of Chaga in my coffee or cocoa gave me the boost I needed.

Actually I quickly came to the conclusion that the three different mushrooms can be used to support all 3 mind-body types (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) that we know in Ayurveda.

Vata: Reishi
Pitta: Chaga
Kapha: Lion’s Mane

Amazing, right? A modern set of adaptogens to add to your toolbox?



kim van der veer about medicinal mushrooms and ayurveda

Kim van der Veer (@kimvdveer) is a mon, yoga teacher and Ayurvedic lifestyle coach who lives and works in Amsterdam. She is the founder of the Ayurvedic platform Start with Rasa where she helps people people find their inner peace through yoga and ayurveda.

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