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

Better Nutrition - - CONTENTS - BY TERO ISOKAUP­PILA

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.”

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