by Jerry Angelini, MS, LRC, LMT, Host Defense Education Director
It’s October already! The kids are back to school, sports, and extracurriculars. On top of the regular demands of work and home, parents are moving into high gear doubling as homework helpers, personal shuttle drivers, and more. Older children may be heading off to college as their parents support them through the uncertainty and feelings of anxiety that come along with this big step. Autumn is a time of major transition in so many different ways.
It’s also the last chance many will have at being outdoors before inclement weather settles in. But outdoor activities in autumn come with ragweed and leaf litter, which can mean more sneezing, itchy eyes, and general malaise. Stress and strain from all these changes can take their toll on our health as well.
So how do we not just manage all of these transitions, but flourish? You guessed it…mushrooms! Yes, mushrooms can help us rise to the challenges faced by our immune systems and support our brain power, mood, and energy.
As more people become familiar with how mushrooms help the immune system, it is important to recognize that the whole mushroom needs to be properly extracted or processed so that all of the important compounds can help our bodies. There are many polysaccharides in mushroom mycelium and fruit bodies that strengthen the activity of specific immune cells. Strong immune cells help us stay healthy throughout our lives, but especially during stressful ‘transitional’ times.
As the most dynamically alive part of the mushroom organism, the mushroom mycelium works to support a balanced immune response. This is especially helpful when we are exposed to environmental triggers like the change of seasons, pollen and dust or molds. Mycelia are skillful “conductors” for the “symphony” of immune system cells that help keep us healthy.
For a focus on immune support, blends of mushrooms are well regarded. Multiple mushroom formulas offer combinations that can synergistically support your immune system. At the kitchen table, you already know to choose a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole foods to ensure balanced nutrient uptake. In the same way, choosing a properly processed multi-mushroom blend means you benefit from a diversity of nutrients.
Looking for more targeted support? More people are turning to mushrooms like lion’s mane and reishi to support memory and mood, and help manage stress while gently energizing the system. They can help us respond to the day to day challenges of our lives, but also those times of transition like back to school and change of seasons. These can be critical supports as we demand greater and greater brain power and adaptation especially during start of the school year for both students and parents.
Big days ahead this fall? You may be wondering how to stay energized all day long, without the negative impacts of sugar or coffee’s “caffeine crash.” Cordyceps to the rescue! Cordyceps mushroom helps support healthy oxygenation and blood circulation and is a natural, jitters-free way to keep you alert, awake and moving throughout your busy day.
As with any herb or supplement, look for organically grown mushrooms from trusted sources. To achieve maximum benefit, you need to choose mushroom ingredients grown with care and expertise, then properly processed. With mushrooms in your regimen, get ready to face all the challenges of the season and flourish!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Jerry Angelini is the Education Director for Host Defense. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University, building a strong foundation in research and listening. Jerry gives scholastic and informational lectures including anatomy and physiology, herbal interactions, and psycho-educational topics. For more information, visit www.angelhealinggroup.com