How I Incorporate Functional Mushrooms In My Wellness Routine

August 9, 2021

This post is sponsored by our friends at Rritual Superfoods. All opinions are my own.

Adaptogens are having a hot moment right now; it seems as if every wellness influencer is talking about the different ways that they use Adaptogens in their everyday lives. But, for those of you who are like me and are wondering, “what the heck ARE Adaptogens?” I’m here to break it down for ya.

But before we get into it, I also want to say that while wellness trends come and go, health is forever, and I am all about incorporating new products into my routine that help to support my health in the long-run. Adaptogens have been used for centuries in both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic Medicine, and still remain an important cornerstone of health in both Chinese and Indian culture(s).

Although they are now much more popular in the USA, it’s important to note that this isn’t just a wellness fad or a trend; Adaptogens are based in traditional and holistic rituals that have been long shown to support our personal health and wellness!

What are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are herbal remedies that are often used to support the body in maintaining homeostasis- that is, helping the body to maintain its most basic functions. For many people, Adaptogens aren’t necessary, BUT they can be an incredibly helpful supplement to include in your diet. Ideally, we’re getting our body’s basic needs met through our daily food intake, and are using Adaptogens to enhance the foundation that we’ve already built upon.

These Adaptogens come in many forms, but the most common is through functional mushrooms. Now, these aren’t mushrooms that you’ll find in your local grocery store (although you can find them at some farmer’s markets!), these are different varieties that are a little more rare, and can provide the adaptogenic effects that we’re seeking. You might’ve heard of some of these varieties before: Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Turkey Tail, Reishi, Cordyceps, Maitake, etc.

My Favorite Functional Mushrooms

All of these mushrooms are commonly used for functional health purposes; for example, Lion’s Mane has been used to help support cognitive function, while Chaga has been occasionally used to support immunity and respiratory health*. Up until now, I had yet to dive into the world of adaptogens and functional mushrooms… that was, until I tried Rritual.

Rritual Superfoods is the first award-winning company that creates adaptogen powders for everyday wellness. Their ingredients are organic and mindfully-selected, and are also vegan-friendly and non-GMO. Their products are traditionally used to help support a healthy stress response, and optimize mental, cognitive, digestive, and immune health. AKA, they help fill in the gaps and provide us with a more holistic sense of health and wellness!*

I’ve been using Rritual’s products for a few weeks now, and I can say that I’ve noticed a difference in my overall health since using them. I find that with consistent use, I’ve been more alert, more focused, and even more energized and relaxed throughout the day! Of course, everyone will have a different reaction, and this is just me. But so far, my introduction into the world of Adaptogens has been a good one.

Their products consist of adaptogenic powders and come in four different varieties: Chaga Immune*, Lion’s Mane Focus*, Reishi Relax*, and the Variety pack, which includes all three! I love that their Adaptogenscome in the form of powders, because it makes it super easy to incorporate into my daily routine.

How I use Functional Mushrooms

There are so many ways to incorporate these functional mushrooms / Adaptogens into your daily routine, but these are a few of the ways that I personally love to use them!

  • Chaga Immune*: This is my favorite to have, daily! Chaga mushrooms can be incredibly beneficial for supporting the immune system*, and with the pandemic still going, I will take all of the extra support that I can get. My favorite way to incorporate it is in my morning smoothie! These days, I am loving my Creamy Tropical Green Smoothie, and the addition of Chaga Immune* gives it an extra boost. 
  • Lion’s Mane Focus*: Some of you may know that I’m currently in the thick of writing my first cookbook. As fun as it is, it’s also a lot of work, and there are plenty of days where I’m writing for 8+ hours a day. I love adding in a scoop of the Lion’s Mane Focus* into my coffee on the days that I know that I really need to buckle down and focus. It not only helps me to concentrate, but also helps me to stay motivated, even when the writer’s block hits.
  • Reishi Relax*: And at the end of a crazy work or writing day, there’s nothing better than getting cozy and unwinding. I love adding the Reishi Relax into a cup of warm almond milk. It really helps me to let go of the day and just get my mind at ease before I go to bed – it’s like a warm hot chocolate! It helps me to create a few mindful moments of “me” time before I’m back at it again the next day.

Creating Wellness Every Day

Wellness looks *so* different for everyone, and I’m sure almost everyone has their own definition of what wellness looks like. But for me, wellness means doing the best I can to support my health day-to-day, and also in the long-run.

After healing from my eating disorder, I learned firsthand that wellness is not just about getting through the day-to-day and feeling “okay”. It’s taking small actions every day that support my body in living a long and healthy life. Incorporating functional mushrooms into my daily routine has been one small step that I can take every day to help provide this support to my body, and feel the absolute best that I can.

If you’re interested in trying out functional mushrooms for yourself, you can check out Rritual and even snag some products — use discount code KaleJunkie15 for 15% off your order!. 

And if you do decide to try them out, tag me in a story on Instagram so I can cheer you on and support you on your wellness journey! xx 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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