If you’ve been following me for a while now, then you already know my obsession with mushrooms. I’m not kidding when I tell you I drink mushrooms for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’m actually drinking some right now (no surprise!). And for good reason. Mushrooms are some of the most potent, powerful, health-promoting foods on the planet. They’re immune-boosting, cancer-fighting, and they’re high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. There is extensive research on the medicinal effects of mushrooms, but what really sold me and continues to sell me on drinking mushroom elixirs are how they make me feel. I started drinking them over 2 years ago and after only a couple of weeks, I noticed incredible benefits, and now I’m hooked!
Now, these aren’t culinary mushrooms (although there’s some benefits to those) or psychedelic mushrooms (which may actually be beneficial too, but that’s for another blog post!). The mushrooms I’m talking about here are medicinal mushrooms, such as reishi, cordyceps, or chaga, to name just a few. These mushroom are inedible, but with an extraction process, we can extract all the health-promoting benefits out of them.
Before you brush this off as another “wellness trend,” let’s break down a few surprising facts about mushrooms. First of all, the benefits mentioned here are all clinically proven, so let’s just get that out of the way. Second of all, did you know that our DNA is very similar to the DNA of mushrooms? More so than any other plant on the planet! And lastly, many of the most popular pharmaceutical drugs utilize mushrooms (penicillin, for example!). So, as usual, I’ll skip the side-effects of prescription medications and go the holistic, preventative route instead!
The wellness scene has been buzzing lately with all the medicinal mushrooms and adaptogenic herbs, but quality does matter here, which is why I love the company Four Sigmatic. Four Sigmatic uses a dual-extraction method, utilizing a hot-water extract and an alcohol-extract. Most companies only use a water-extract, which is great, but it leaves behind certain nutrients and benefits you can only get with alcohol-extraction. All of their products are also organic, and most come in handy little single-serving packets, making it super easy for traveling or when on-the-go.
Since I started making these mushroom elixirs and tonics on my Instagram stories, I’ve gotten so many questions on why I take certain mushrooms and what the benefits are of each. So, today I’m breaking down a few of my favorite Four Sigmatic products and when and why I take them.
Less caffeine that coffee (50 mg., which is about 1/2 cup of coffee). Better for adrenal health!
Alkalizing mushrooms, to counteract the acidity in coffee. If you become too acidic, your body will start to leach minerals from your bones! If I’m having coffee out, I always bring a packet of mushrooms to mix into it, for this reason.
Caffeine is one of the best natural, pre-workout supplements. It increases the activity of your central nervous system, which can lead to an increase in performance. Caffeine also increases your body’s ability to burn fat (yessssssss!).
Coffee is one of the most pesticide-ridden crops with high levels of mycotoxins (mold toxins), but Four Sigmatic is organic and mycotoxin-free. Every batch is tested!
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I’m not going to tell you what to do, but you should definitely add 1 or all of these into your daily routine. You can mix the elixirs in hot water, or create a blended tonic with them using some ghee, MCT oil, and a bit of stevia. I like to add them into coffee, smoothies, baked goods, sauces, or soups. I find the easiest way to get these in and make them part of your routine is to incorporate them into something you’re already doing.
I'm a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, a Restorative Wellness Practitioner, and a Certified Personal Trainer. I've been working with women for the last 15 years to help them heal their gut, while also transforming their bodies in a sustainable, healthy way. You can get the body you want and still be healthy! I've written for various health publications, work with an impressive celebrity client list, and spend most of my time creating informative and entertaining content on Instagram.
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