Why do we include functional mushroom powders in our juices & mylks, you might ask?
Well - short answer - mushrooms are the sh*t. :)
Most people are unaware of the power of mushrooms, or simply haven't learned about them and their benefits. Many people who are unfamiliar with medicinal mushrooms mistakenly believe that they are psychedelic "magic" mushrooms. The mushroom powders we use, obviously do not have hallucinogenic properties and are merely used as a nutritional supplement.
After struggling to fall asleep for about a year, I decided to explore into holistic healing. I tried numerous (natural) ways to help ease me into sleep, but nothing seemed to do the job. I then coincidently stumbled upon an article talking about the healing powers of mushrooms. I decided to give it a shot as I had nothing to lose and was literally feeling delirious at this point from the lack of sleep I accumulated after all these months.
I began incorporating Reishi extract into my teas and juices after reading that this mushroom has adaptogenic benefits that help the body cope with stress and that it too supports a healthy sleep cycle. After a month of consuming as many mushroom-infused beverages as recommended, I was finally falling asleep at reasonable hours of the night.
I became fascinated (no, obsessed) with all of these different types of mushrooms and their various health advantages. And because I want other people to be able to experience these benefits themselves in a very easy and accessible way, I created Juicy Lucy.
The mushrooms we use in our juices & mylks (reishi, lion's mane and chaga) are also known as adaptogens.
But what are adaptogens, exactly?
The term "adaptogen" has become popular in the health sector, but a plant (or fungus) must meet three conditions to be deemed an adaptogen. To begin, it must boost your non-specific stress resistance, which means it must target your entire body rather than just one region. Second, it has to be habit-forming; third, it must be non-toxic.
How do adaptogens work?
When your stress hormones are out of balance, adaptogens help you cope with environmental and emotional stress by regulating and normalizing your reaction to them. If your body is acclimated to a warmer climate and you travel to a colder location, for example, adaptogens can help you respond and recover from the shock of the temperature difference.
Not only does each adaptogen have its own set of advantages, such as increased strength, immunity, or gut health, but the effect differs from person to person. A relaxing adaptogen like reishi or ashwagandha, for example, will have a greater influence on someone who is already relaxed than it will on someone who is under high stress. When it comes to dose, there are a lot of factors to consider, such as food and activity, but for most people, half a gram is a usual dosage to begin with.
Reishi, Lion's mane and Chaga
Adaptogens come in a variety of forms, but the most well-known are reishi, chaga, and lion's mane. Reishi, often known as the queen of mushrooms or the chill mushroom, is well known for its ability to alleviate stress—and because stress can have a variety of reasons, they often recommend starting with this chill mushroom. The queen is reishi, while the king is chaga. Chaga is your daily bodyguard since it helps build up your immune system and is high in antioxidants. Finally, lion's mane, often known as the "think" mushroom, promotes productivity and creativity; it's like a hug for your brain.
Adaptogens have an earthy, sometimes bitter flavor to them, which is usually associated with strength. However, if you take it on a regular basis, your palate may change. What's fascinating is that people's tastes alter when their bodies begin to associate it with feeling good.
Adaptogens can be taken as pills or tinctures, but powder—specifically, extracted powders that unlock the therapeutic components and make adaptogens more bioavailable, is the most popular form. Because the human body is unable to break down chitin found in the cell walls of mushrooms, the extraction process is critical.
Despite their many benefits, it's vital to remember that adaptogens can't create anything from nothing. They will not be the most effective if you do not have a healthy foundation initially (and of course, they do not replace modern medicine).
And, at the end of the day, adaptogen use is supposed to be a ritual. These plant elements are best consumed in small doses on a regular basis, over an extended period of time. The easiest way to incorporate an adaptogen into your life is to make it a regular part of your routine. (Like having a Juicy Lucy every day ;)).
From stomach to skin, adaptogens are a great option for people looking to make themselves feel good—naturally. :)
Clinical Studies on Adaptogens