Mushrooms for morning: Why mushrooms are the missing link in your daily routine
Everybody’s morning routine looks a little bit different. Some people meditate. Others journal. And others exercise. But most people will drink a cup of coffee. In fact, 64 percent of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee every day.
While the caffeine in coffee may provide a morning energy boost, the negative effects of caffeine tend to catch up with people. Too much caffeine can cause detrimental imbalances in your sleep schedule, digestion, and the body’s release of adrenaline.
Adding functional mushrooms to your morning routine can support healthy energy levels without risking a caffeine crash later in the day. Their adaptogenic qualities support homeostasis in your body. This means that you are more likely to maintain stamina throughout the day and less likely to face any mid-day energy slumps.
This article will cover:
- The best mushrooms for morning
- How to add mushrooms to your morning routine
- How to buy functional mushrooms
The best mushrooms for morning
Functional mushrooms can be taken at any time of the day, but there are plenty of reasons to incorporate them into your morning routine.
The first reason to consider taking mushrooms in the morning is simply that it will become a habit that you are not likely to forget. Most people’s morning routines are fairly consistent, so adding mushrooms to the mix is an easy way to remember to take them every day.
Another reason to take mushrooms in the morning is that the benefits of some types of mushrooms are most impactful earlier in the day. For example, Cordyceps is popular for sustaining healthy energy levels, and Lion’s Mane is known to support mental clarity and creativity. Who wouldn’t want to start their day balancing their energy, stamina, and focus?
Mushrooms fit nicely into any morning routine because they come in different varieties that can be enjoyed alone or easily added to your usual food and drinks.
While I’m not here to knock coffee (I still drink it almost every day), it has been the star of our mornings for too long. It’s time for it to move aside and let functional mushrooms like Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, and Chaga take center stage.
Cordyceps for energy and stamina in the morning
Cordyceps militaris is known as “the Olympic mushroom” because of its effect on the body’s energy levels. Beloved by endurance athletes and office workers alike, Cordyceps is known to:
- Support cellular energy and endurance
- Improve immune function
- Regulate stress levels
- Support lung capacity and oxygen uptake
Cordyceps works on a cellular level to support energy and endurance long-term. It does this by boosting your body’s production of ATP, the molecule that carries energy within cells. One thing that most people are short on in the morning is energy, and Cordyceps is here to help with that!
Lion’s Mane for mental clarity and focus in the morning
Lion’s Mane, Hericium erinaceus, is a nootropic that has been used for centuries to promote brain health and cognitive function. This mushroom is known to increase Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), a protein that regulates the growth, maintenance, proliferation, and survival of neurons in the brain.
Lion’s Mane can also help with:
- Nervous and immune system health
- Mental clarity, focus, and memory
- Digestive system support
Chaga in the morning for immune support
Chaga, Inonotus obliquus, is rich in antioxidant properties that can strengthen your immune system and support healthy inflammatory function. Chaga has historically been used as a coffee substitute because of its bitter, earthy taste. If you’re not ready to cut coffee out of your routine, you can add it to your cup of joe in the morning to reap the benefits of this powerful adaptogen.
Chaga mushrooms are known to:
- Support the skin, immune system, and digestion
- Support the body’s natural cleansing processes
- Help your body naturally adapt to stress
- Support healthy inflammatory function
How to add mushrooms to your morning routine
Any of the mushrooms listed above can easily be added to your usual morning food and drinks. There are plenty of ways to consume functional mushrooms, with two of the most popular ways being powders and tinctures. Tinctures are made by extracting the mushroom’s nutrients using alcohol and hot water. They have a long shelf-life and can be added to almost any food or drink, hot or cold.
You can add Mushroom Revival’s tinctures to:
- Hot chocolate
- Protein shakes
You can add tinctures to practically any food or drink you want, or you can just put it directly under your tongue.
How to buy functional mushrooms
Want to try incorporating mushrooms into your morning routine? Now is a great time to see what all the buzz is about!
Functional mushrooms are making their way into more products on supermarket shelves. Whole Foods Market even named them as a top food trend for 2018. But not all mushroom products are made equally.
Here are a few things to look for when purchasing functional mushrooms (spoiler alert, our mushroom tinctures meet all of these requirements):
- Is it Certified Organic?
- Is it double-extracted in water and alcohol?
- Is it made with 100% fruiting bodies — never mycelium?
- Is it tested for purity and potency?
Functional mushrooms can provide much-needed balance within our bodies and minds. Your morning routine can set you up for success throughout the day, and mushrooms like Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, and Chaga can do the same for your body.