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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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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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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6 Surprising Health Benefits of Journaling That You Never Knew | The Health Sessions

6 Surprising Health Benefits of Journaling That You Never Knew

This article was written by Sara from Jofelo.com 

Keeping a diary used to be something that we did as kids or as teenagers. We wrote down all our angry thoughts about our parents and doodled that boys name on all the pages, then stuffed them under our pillow in the golden hiding spot. As we aged, many of us stopped writing, believing that it wasn’t something you did as an adult, but science is saying much to the opposite effect.

This article is going to look at some of the many benefits there are for journaling. Perhaps you’ll even be dusting off your own journal or get one my favorites, a new Jofelo journal by the end.

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12 Wellness Practices From Around The World | The Health Sessions

12 Wellness Practices From Around the World

This article is written by Shari’s Berries

Stress is a normal part of everyday life. In fact, small amounts of stress are surprisingly beneficial for us, keeping us motivated to perform. But, in today’s world we’re bombarded by situations that cause stress. Whether its finances, family issues, pain, or something else, too much stress can actually increase the symptoms of chronic illness. That’s why it’s important to learn how to manage your stress.

Just like eating well and getting exercise, stress reduction is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Even more, it turns out people around the world have their own unique way to practice self-care and wellness. Next time you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, check out these happiness and wellness practices from around the world. Who knows, you may even incorporate one into your daily routine! 

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