Stress is the beginning of a long lineup of disease within the body. When we experience stress, our life-saving mechanisms come to the rescue which means digestion shuts down, blood flow is rerouted to the muscles, hormones go wild, and it’s all a biological response for us to escape a sudden threat and survive. Short term stress is actually a good thing!
Here’s the problem: We live in an age where we have chronic stress. For some it’s financial stress, for others it could be due to relationships or the responsibility of parenthood. Stress is any kind of demand put on the body that’s beyond what it can cope with, so even extreme sports, heavy partying, or simply air pollution could put us into a state of stress where our body struggles to cope.
It causes us to experience:
- A lack of sleep
- Loss of sex drive
- Low energy
- Weight gain
Before we know it, being stressed slowly inches its way to becoming our new normal! We no longer expect to jump out of bed in the morning because for so many days, we’ve woken up fatigued. We blame it on adulthood, uninspiring careers, and so on. We grab a coffee to “wake-up” or manifest the everlost energy that was once so normal in our unjaded youth.
BUT WAIT!!! We can simply add powdered mushrooms and/or adaptogens to our morning coffee! Subtle adjustments can often be the catalyst for permanent change, so no need to throw out your coffee routine just yet! These ingredients work to settle and rebalance our stress response system so that we can embrace the day ahead with energy and cope with the small triggers like traffic or deadlines.
PURICA has a line of powdered drink mixes called ZENSATIONS that do this for you. You can drink it plain or add it to your coffee, making it more like a mocha! Evening Calm is one example of a double whammy: you get the calming effects of Red Reishi mushrooms as well as the anti-stress effect of ashwagandha. On their own, these herbs can be bitter to taste but PURICA has created a method that masks any bitterness or chalkiness completely! Having personally experienced improved coping abilities and overall mood upon adding this into my daily routine, I highly recommend this line of adaptogenic mushroom tonics! Life is meant to be lived, so live it well!
Registered Holistic Nutritionist Katie Reitsma specializes in prenatal and paediatric nutrition. She is the CAHN-Pro Board Director of B.C. and works collaboratively with sleep consultants, nurses, baby stores, and more. She is the Founder of Live It Well Nutrition where she also does consultations for a more personal look into your health. Check out her Instagram for more!