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Reishi: The Adaptogenic Magic Mushroom

I get a warm feeling in my heart whenever I talk about the reishi mushroom. I have personally felt more positive physiological benefits (specifically regarding stress and sleep) from welcoming this magical mushroom into my life than just about any other substance! One of the feelings I like to compare it to is getting a big, warm hug and an “it’ll all be okay” from a kind grandma after you bomb an important exam.  In fact, a common anecdotal experience among reishi users is an increased sense of peace and well-being. Since I mention reishi often and use it frequently, I am going to give you some background on The Queen of Mushrooms so you can decide for yourself if it’s right for you! Background Reishi, also known as Ling Zhi, is well loved in traditional Chinese medicine. It is known as “the mushroom of immortality” because of its powerful anti-aging abilities and its…

23 Tricks for Mythical Princess Sleep

Good, deep sleep is extremely important if you are concerned with the quality of your life. During sleep we rebuild our bodies and clean out our brains and other body systems. Poor sleep (and poor sleep habits) can lead to many negative symptoms including brain fog, moodiness and irritability, strained relationships, daytime fatigue, depression and anxiety, and poor blood sugar control. It also affects your appearance, leading to weight gain, reduced muscle tone, and increased aging. I am no stranger to insomnia. Lying awake in bed for hours wondering if I might be going crazy with sleep deprivation used to be a nearly nightly occurrence for me. I experienced many of the negative effects from not getting enough sleep Now that I’ve changed a few key lifestyle habits, I get MUCH better sleep and feel so much better! Occasionally I will still have a rough night of sleep (or several…hello…

Turmeric: The Indian Spice Your Brain Craves

What if I told you that there’s a spice from India that scientific studies have demonstrated: 1. Is as effective as Prozac at relieving depression symptoms 2. Reduces social anxiety* 3. Increases your long-term memory 4. Protects your brain from alcohol-induced neurodegeneration 5. Increases neurogenesis These effects are just a small fraction of the overall effects of this spice. In addition it has been shown to aid in healing and recovery with the following: 1. Inflammatory diseases 2. Cancers 3. Diabetes 4. Arthritis 5. Obesity 6. Pain 7. Skin conditions 8. High cholesterol At this point you’re probably wondering: “So, what is this magical, mythical spice that has all these benefits? How does it work? And how do I get some of it into my belly?!” Patience, young apprentice. We will explore all of this in this article. But to answer your first question, this magical spice is turmeric and…

Grape Seed Extract: Protector of Brain Cells and Cognitive Function

History’s Sexiest Fruit The small but mighty grape has long been a symbol of youth, beauty, wealth, and sex. Would a Rennassaince painting be complete without bunches of grapes draped artfully over a bowl or body part, or pouring from a feast table? The Hebrew Bible constantly references grapes and vineyards in reference to blessings and wealth, and the Greeks and Romans had a major god dedicated to the fruit (Bacchus/Dionysus). They were a luscious, juicy fruit, with thick, bitter skins and tiny hard seeds. Now, fallen from their former glory, the antioxidant-rich skins and seeds have been mostly bred out to make them more palatable to the delicate sensitivities of the general public. You find them not on the feast tables of demi-gods (unless we’re talking about Chris Hemsworth, amirite?), but rotting in the back of the crisper drawer or as a half-assed addition to a fruit platter in…

Lithium: Why You’re Crazy Not to Take It

Typically, when someone hears the word “lithium” the image that comes to mind is of either lithium-ion batteries, or severely mentally ill patients on lithium therapy locked up in a psych ward – and not exactly a substance that you would want to intentionally try to get into your body. The positive effects of lithium for those with severe bipolar disorder have long been known in the medical community, but recently, several studies have shown that lithium can have far-reaching benefits for a wider range of diseases and conditions, including depression, aggression and violence, Alzheimer’s disease, suicide, and even alcoholism! Lithium as an essential element in the human body has been vastly underrated, but if we could prevent and treat severe mental diseases with a microdose (a very tiny dose) of any element, shouldn’t we know about it? Even though very recent, high quality studies are somewhat lacking due to…