Regain your balance: Have you heard about adaptogens?

Regain your balance: Have you heard about adaptogens?

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Always running from one thing to the next: a hectic job, a busy social life, while at the same time maintaining your physical and mental condition. Let’s face it, life can be quite stressful sometimes. We live in an increasingly fast-paced world, where most of us are constantly on the go. The key is to live a more balanced life and have more energy and focus. You can probably use some support to keep doing all those things you love so much. This guide, regain your balance: Have you heard about adaptogens? provides valuable tips on how to regain your balance and reclaim your power. 

The importance of energy and focus

Work, socialize, exercise, sleep, eat, repeat. Our daily lives can be exhausting. Some of us find it harder than ever to stay focused, also because of the many (digital) distractions around us. We could all use a bit more energy and focus to get things done from time to time. But what exactly is focus? Focus is the ability to concentrate your interest or activity on something. To have and maintain your focus, you need enough energy. Are you getting enough sleep? Focus makes it possible to handle things in life more efficiently. This can be work-related but applies to all areas of life. Keeping the body and mind balanced requires a certain focus and energy every day. When your body and mind are in optimal balance, you are more likely to maintain your focus and less likely to be distracted. In this way, you can take full ownership of your actions and life in general, exactly the way you like it. The best way to do this is to sleep well, exercise regularly, eat healthy, go easy on alcohol, and eliminate stress. But hey, unless you are a pro athlete and/or Biohacker, who among us lives their lives like this all the time? Luckily, a powerful, healthy, all-natural ally supports you with your daily energy and focus needs.  

Functional Fungi

Mushrooms come in all shapes and sizes. We all know the edible mushrooms we use in the kitchen. And, since many people microdose nowadays, you probably know about the psilocybin ones… But did you know there is another category of mushrooms? They are called functional mushrooms. A distinct group of edible fungi known for their unique health benefits. 

 

“Functional mushrooms are the real superfoods.”

Functional (or medicinal mushrooms) are widely known and accepted for hundreds of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is more common in, for example, China to prevent diseases and illnesses instead of curing them, and for this various mushrooms are used for their medicinal properties. Shiitake, for example, is one of them. Did you know that in a regular flu season, the price of Shiitake skyrockets in Asia? This functional mushroom is renowned for its immune-building capabilities and reducing inflammation, among other benefits.

 

Working with your body

Instead of working against your body, like for example, caffeine which stimulates our central nervous system, keeping us awake by blocking one of the most important sleep-inducing molecules; adenosine. Adaptogens work with your body, keeping it in balance, and never over-stimulate. While short-term effective, there are some unwanted side effects of caffeine like restlessness, insomnia, and an increased heart rate. If you want to have more energy and focus and create the right balance for your body and mind, adaptogens are a great choice. In general, they help lower stress hormones and balance the endocrine system.

 

 “You could say functional mushrooms are the real superfoods.”

 

Let’s dive deeper

Lion's mane

How do adaptogens work? Researchers say adaptogens interact with your hypothalami-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is a complex system of glands, hormones, and receptors in the human body. The HPA axis is central to the body’s homeostasis, stress responses, and energy metabolism. They work with the HPA to help balance our systems. Adaptogens can be taken in different forms, such as supplements in tinctures, capsules, tablets, or powder form, or integrated into certain types of food. Each type of adaptogens functional mushroom has its very own unique benefits. For example, Cordyceps is known to improve your energy, provide better endurance, and speed up your post-workout recovery. Lion’s Mane is used by many to increase focus, improve memory, and enhance the clarity of thoughts.

 

Lion’s Mane & Cordyceps Militaris

These are the two functional mushrooms that can help you with your daily energy and focus needs, and balance a hectic lifestyle. Lion’s Mane and Cordyceps. Let’s kick off with the so-called ‘Imperial Mushroom’ Cordyceps Militaris. Some of the remarkable benefits: they promote cellular energy production, optimize oxygen uptake and delivery, and stimulate the circulation of all organ systems. This explains why Cordyceps increase your physical performance. On top of that, they support the neuroendocrine system and have an antidepressant effect. 

 

Cordyceps Militaris & Lion's Mane Plus

Lion's Mane, Latin name Hericium Erinaceus, is a mushroom that originated in Asia, Europe, and parts of Northern America. Pom-Pom Blanc mushroom, Monkey Head mushroom, and Bearded Hedgehog mushroom are a few of Lion’s Mane’s nicknames. This mushroom keeps our brain vital and supports a strong nervous system. It stimulates the synthesis of nerve growth factor, better known as Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), which is essential for neural health and improves what’s known as synapse potentiating. This relates to how the neural pathways in your brain become stronger each time you use them, a process that’s essential for learning and memory. These brain-boosting effects are thought to come from the two main active compounds of Lion’s Mane, hericenones and di-terpenoid erinacines. Lion's Mane is rich in non-linear polysaccharides that strengthen the immune system and protect against bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other pathogens. 

How to regain your balance

Optimize your daily energy

You made it all the way here, nice! You now know what you can do to optimize your daily energy and focus and regain balance in your life. But where to shop for your ultimate support? This is the easy part. Introducing: Mama Mushroom, an Amsterdam-based company that specializes in high-quality, functional mushroom solutions. After two years of research, and continuously working with some of the best, internationally acclaimed scientists and experts in mycology, Mama Mushroom mixes superior quality Cordyceps and Lion’s Mane, and creates several products for you to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle. You can add Mama Mushroom’s supplement powder to your smoothie, oatmeal, yogurt, etc.

 

Life is challenging enough as it is, allow Mama Mushroom to help you get the most out of it and keep you well-balanced.

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