11 Medicinal Mushroom Recipes That'll Boost Your Immunity | The Health Sessions

11 Medicinal Mushroom Recipes That’ll Boost Your Immunity

“All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once.” – Terry Pratchett

For hundreds of years, mushrooms have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for healing purposes. Used in tinctures, powders and teas made from dried fungi, medicinal mushrooms were believed to support the immune system, protect heart health and promote longevity.

It turns out that these traditional healers were onto something. Not only are mushrooms packed with vitamin B and minerals like copper, selenium and zinc, they’re also an excellent source of antioxidants – substances that protect against cell damage from free radicals. That makes mushrooms great for fighting inflammation in the body and boosting your immunity.

What’s more, studies have found that medicinal mushrooms indeed contain powerful compounds that enhance your health. Although more research is needed, each mushroom seems to have their own unique benefits:

  • Shiitake support a healthy heart by lowering blood pressure and bad cholesterol in mice.
  • Reishi help your body adjust to physical and psychological stress, making it a natural remedy for anxiety, depression and sleeplessness.
  • Cordyceps are known for their energy-boosting powers. This mushroom fights fatigue and boosts athletic performance by enhancing cellular energy.
  • Chaga mushrooms are packed with antioxidants, helping you reduce disease-promoting inflammation in your body.
  • Maitake contain beta-glucans, which stimulate the immune system. In animal studies, maitake have been shown to reduce tumor growth and increase the number of cells fighting tumors.

Of course the most pleasurable way to get the benefits from these medicinal mushrooms is to add them to your diet. Because of their meaty texture and earthy flavors, mushrooms lend themselves really well for vegetarian dishes.

If you do want to take supplements, powders or tinctures, please check with your doctor for the right dosage, unwanted side effects and possible drug interactions. It’s also best not to eat mushrooms raw – and don’t forage them in the wild without expertise.

Include some medicinal mushroom magic in your meals with these 11 fungi recipes. 

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Warning Signs: Are You Listening to What Your Body Is Telling You? | The Health Sessions

Warning Signs: Are You Listening to What Your Body Is Telling You?

Do you ever find yourself feeling impatient and irritated, snapping at people for no particular reason? You wake up tired most mornings, with a racing mind, tense shoulders and aching back. There’s no time to really pay attention to those feelings, because you have to juggle work, family, your health and other obligations.

Your body sends you messages about its internal conditions all the time. Sometimes it offers subtle clues about what it needs in the form of a yawn, food cravings or a gut feeling. Other times, your body signals distress through skin rash, chest pain or unintentional weight loss.

But in today’s fast-paced world, it’s much easier to tune out than it is to tune in. With the non-stop activity going on around us, we tend to focus outwardly and ignore what’s happening inside of us. But when you don’t listen to what your body’s whispering, the distress slowly builds, until your body start screaming for your attention.

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Why Preventative Dental Care Is More Important For Your Overall Health Than You Think | The Health Sessions

Why Preventative Dental Care Is More Important For Your Overall Health Than You Think

This article is written by Rachelle Wilber for Carlino & Paton DDS.

You already know that seeing a dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings is important to prevent cavities and other problems inside the mouth. Going to the dentist can also be good for your overall health. Studies have shown the correlation between poor dental health and certain medical conditions, and going to the dentist regularly should be a priority if you care about your overall well-being.

Here are four ways that dental care can benefit your overall health.

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3 Breathing Exercises for Stress Management | The Health Sessions

3 Breathing Exercises for Stress Management

This article is written by Gavin Wilson from Good Air Geeks

Stress. The one word that everyone, everywhere, can relate to. Why is it so significant? Stress can have such a major impact on your life without you even realizing the depth of its effect. While some people thrive well in stressful situations and actually rely on that extra pressure, normally one would want to reduce levels of stress as much as possible.

What does stress affect? Well for starters, it can impact your sleep, which can lead to many other issues. It can affect the way you eat, your emotions, your weight and your ability to focus. So what can we do to help reduce stress? One important way to release tension is to mind your breathing. Let’s take a look at 3 breathing exercises for stress management.

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The Magic of Forest Bathing: Why Being in the Woods Benefits Your Health | The Health Sessions

The Magic of Forest Bathing: Why Being in the Woods Benefits Your Health

“There’s no WiFi in the forest, but I promise you’ll find a better connection.”

This past weekend, my family and I visited a theme park in the middle of the woods. Although spending quality time together in an enchanted forest was amazing on its own, being in beautiful green surroundings added an extra dimension. Strolling among the trees made me feel invigorated and blissfully at peace at the same time.

We all intuitively know that being in nature boosts our wellbeing, but research backs that feeling. There’s actually so much evidence on the health benefits of nature that doctors in Japan and Scotland are allowed to prescribe nature time as part of their treatment plan.

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