Warm up this holiday season with mushrooms, the original superfood!
I am always on the lookout for whole foods with the greatest health benefits, and mushrooms totally fit the bill! When I first met the Finnish #FunGuys from Four Sigmatic a couple of years ago and tasted their mushroom drinks, I immediately recognized that this brand is the real deal. Four Sigmatic is on a mission to popularize drinking mushrooms. Using mushrooms in the whole food form is not new, ingenious cultures have used them for thousands of years. What is unique about Four Sigmatic's medicinal mushroom products is that not only have they have been crafted to maximize the superfood benefits, but they are also easy and convenient to use.
What I love most about Four Sigmatic products is that not only are they bursting with health benefits and taste great, but they are also simple and convenient to use. You can add them into a cup of hot water for a warm, cozy drink, or mix them in with your smoothies for added nutrition. You can also add them in to your favourite recipes like oatmeal, protein bars, energy balls and chia pudding - the options are virtually endless!
So what's the deal with mushrooms?
The ancient Romans declared mushrooms “food for the gods” and believed mushrooms imbued warriors with incredible strength. Mushrooms have been used medicinally in Japan and China for Millenia, and for good reason, as certain mushrooms are strongly antibacterial and antiviral, and contain powerful immune boosting compounds.*
Medicinal mushrooms are a specific species of mushrooms that are wild, non-toxic and non-hallucinogenic. They are the world’s most scientifically studied superfoods and many drugs are derived from fungi - penicillin is one example. Mushrooms are used either directly or indirectly in more than 40 percent of the pharmaceuticals currently on the market. They are known to help support immune function, lower inflammation, balance blood sugar and alter gut bacteria for the better too.
The team at Four Sigmatic believes in the real magic of functional mushrooms like Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, and Lion's Mane, as well as other superfoods and adaptogens like rhodiola, eleuthero, and schisandra to help us live healthier, more enhanced lives. Four Sigmatic sources their mushrooms from wild forests or from their mushroom farms, where the growing conditions are as close to their natural habitat as possible. They use a dual-extraction technique in processing to guarantee the best bioavailability of all of the most important properties that mushrooms have to offer.
Use my code "LOVE" for an additional 10% off your next purchase at foursigmatic.com - my code never expires! This is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself and stock up on all of your shroomy favourites or try something new, and also grab stocking stuffers and gifts for friends and family for the upcoming holiday season. We're talking Mushroom Coffees, Mushroom Superfood Blends and Mushroom Elixirs too!
Here are some ways in which mushrooms can promote greater physical and mental wellbeing...
Mushrooms for Sleep & Sress
If you have occasional stress and difficulty sleeping, the Reishi Mushroom Elixir can help you relax and get a good night sleep. Reishi mushrooms enhance the quality of deep, slow-wave sleep. I always love unwinding with a hot cup of Four Sigmatic's Mushroom Hot Cacao with Reishi about two hours before bed or anytime throughout a busy and/or stressful day. The reishi mushroom extracts taste incredibly smooth, almost like a light version of coffee (sans caffeine), mixed with herbs like peppermint and licorice to give it a fresh flavour. Best of all, they help you calm down and enjoy a better sleep by naturally regulating the hormonal system and lowering your cortisol levels.
Mushrooms for Energy & Performance
Cordyceps are an adaptogen, not a stimulant, so they can help you produce and maintain steady energy levels. Add the Cordyceps Elixir to your pre-workout smoothie, or make a cup of Mushroom Hot Cacao with Cordyceps on a day where you need a little energy boost! Love coffee, but want to avoid jitters? Four Sigmatic has you covered with their Mushroom Coffee with Cordyceps. Traditional coffee can give you an energy spike, but that's usually followed by a crash. The addition of cordyceps, can help your body produce its own energy and in turn, avoid a crash.
Mushrooms for Immunity
Chaga mushrooms AKA the "King of Mushrooms," can help support immune functions. Grab a cup of Chaga Elixr from Four Sigmatic in the morning to start you day off right! One of my favourite ways to add Chaga into my daily routine is to blend it into my green smoothie.
Brain & Nervous System Support
Lion's Mane is an all-natural cognitive enhancer that has been shown to support memory and concentration. This mushroom has long been used by Buddhist monks for better focus during meditation. Grab a cup of Lion's Mane Elixir for enhanced concentration when you're studying, reading or writing. Or if you're in the mood for coffee, Four Sigmatic has taken your typical cup of joe to a whole new level in their Mushroom Coffee Mix with Lion's Mane, with the addition of organic lion’s mane mushroom and rhodiola root.
To learn more about Four Sigmatic check out my Interview with Tero Isokauppila, President of Four Sigmatic here.
And don't forget to check out the two recipes featured on my blog for a Shroomy Hot Cocoa with Winning-X 10 Mushroom Blend and a refreshing Chaga Ice Tea!
Don't forget to use my code "LOVE" for an additional 10% off your next purchase at foursigmatic.com - my code never expires!
PS - How cool is this mushroom fact: humans share approximately 85 percent of our ribosomal RNA and 50 percent of our DNA with fungi! This is another way of saying that mushrooms are extremely bioavailable to human bodies. This means mushrooms have a higher chance of providing functional benefits to humans than many other products, probably because the same defence mechanisms fungi use can help our bodies when we consume mushrooms.
This post was in collaboration with Four Sigmatic and the product used were kindly gifted for review. I only share products that I personally use and that are made with the highest integrity. The links and coupon code provided are affiliate links, which means that if you visit Four Sigmatic's website through one of these links and purchase product, I’ll get a commission. Don’t worry – the price is still the same for you, plus you'll get a 10% discount with my promo code "LOVE" (which does not expire)! Please note that the information in this article is not meant to constitute medical advice.
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*Savona, Natalie. Wonderfoods: The Best Nutrition and Recipes for Optimum Health. London: Quadrille Limited, 2006. Print.