In the pursuit of holistic wellness, there are never too many angles to play. Recently, as we gathered details for Tata’s Top 10, we noticed a fungi theme that lined up with trends we’ve been catching elsewhere. Plus, Tata’s always on it.
So we set out to live two weeks on mushrooms to see for ourselves. We focused on chaga, reishi, and cordyceps by adding Moon Juice’s Vanilla Mushroom Protein to our post-fitness smoothies, Chaga Mushroom Elixir Mix to our coffee, Sun Potion’s Reishi powder to almond milk, and we also snuck in some additional adaptogens in the form of Sun Potion’s Mucuna Pruriens powder per Tata’s recommendation. Here’s what we noticed.
Photo from Moon Juice
Increased focus. Here’s the truth: there was not a bunch of research done before increasing our mushroom intake. We weren’t funghi experts before getting started and thought this experiment would be more meaningful and accurate if it wasn’t influenced by prior reading—we just wanted to listen to our bodies. After a particularly intense lunchtime workout, sitting at our computer with a Vanilla Mushroom Protein smoothie, we sensed an abnormal level of calm and focus for this particular afternoon. Interrupting ourselves to note to a neighbor on this level of focus, we missed the response because we were already back in the zone. Curious, we pulled up the description of this plant-based protein powder and can 100% corroborate: Powerful servings of reishi and cordyceps mushrooms boost the immune system, build muscle and stamina, and support the liver, kidney and adrenals. This formula also nourishes the heart and spirit, relieving stress and imparting feelings of centeredness and strength. Improved muscle recovery definitely occurred, but that was the expected side effect given the protein.
Low stress. As someone who experiences fluctuating stress levels by hour, day, week and month, there’s a heightened level of awareness of the body’s response to stress. Sun Potion’s Mucuna Pruriens Powder and the reishi are to credit for stabilized stress levels.
Photo from Four Sigmatic
Better skin. Our complexion was more balanced by week two. After a winter of breakouts and rosacea, everything calmed down and we were blemish-free for the whole second week. With reishi’s ability to reduce stress and balance hormone’s and chaga’s reputation for reducing inflammation, we’ll assume the protein shakes and Four Sigmatic Chaga Mushroom Elixir Mix are behind our clear skin.
Immune system stamina. If you want to test the power of a plant’s effect on your immune system, do so in Vermont during the winter. The two-week trial period was put to the ultimate test with a flu circulating but we survived scot-free. Highly recommended for moms with elementary school aged babes—your new secret weapon is ‘shrooms in the form of kid-friendly Four Sigmatic Chaga Mushroom Elixir Mix. The reishi in the Moon Juice powder didn’t hurt, either.
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.