5 Amazing Mushrooms for Whole-Body Health
If you know how to use even a few different varieties of medicinal mushrooms, you can heal and recharge your body, reach your full potential, and become the best version of yourself
We spotlight five fabulous fungi that can help heal your ailments, energize your body, sharpen your mind, and much more. Here’s how to use medicinal mushrooms to help become the best version of yourself.
Igrew up in Finland on a farm that has been in my family for at least 13 generations. Much of my youth was spent outdoors, learning from and living off the land. These days, when I tell people— strangers, friends, family members, possible love interests— that I am passionate about fungi, the reactions I get are anything but dull. They’re confused, surprised, skeptical, intrigued. Some are even disgusted— I can almost see the thoughts emerge from their heads like a cartoon bubble: “Mushrooms must be big in Finland.” “Just another hipster forager.” “He must be a chef! I’ll ask him about morels!”
These are all valid reactions. People hear the word “mushroom” and often have surprisingly specifi c ideas of what they think the larger conversation must be about. We’ve all heard cautionary tales about the poisonous potential of mushrooms, and we’ve seen elation spread over the faces of world- famous chefs as they extol certain varietals of fungi in an almost evangelical manner.
The fact that mushrooms can be both poisonous and delicious is fascinating and indicative of their complexity; the kingdom is such a vast and complete entity that both the yin and yang exist in equal measure. Fungi have the capacity to change your life in an immediate, powerful, and exponentially benefi cial manner. I know this because I see it happen daily. Mushrooms will blow your mind, just as they blew mine.
The following mushrooms will balance and restore your immune system, increase oxygen fl ow to your cells, amp up your mental and creative acuity, regulate your blood sugar, lower your stress levels, ensure restful sleep, and cure myriad physical, emotional, and mental ailments.
“Mushrooms will balance and restore your immune system, increase oxygen flow to your cells, amp up your mental and creative acuity, regulate your blood sugar, lower your stress levels, ensure restful sleep, and cure myriad physical, emotional, and mental ailments.”