Our immune system is the fortress that protects our health. As any fortress, it is constantly under siege by the emotional, mental, and physical demands of everyday life. In fact, strong emotions cause physical reactions in the body. Mind and body are the same unit, therefore the immune system does not make a distinction between the emotional, mental, or physical distress. In this light, emotional immunity becomes just as essential as physical immunity. When we repeatedly suppress emotions, we suppress the natural responses of our immune system. If we continue this pattern, our immune system will eventually recoil and attack self (think autoimmune diseases).
Unless we nourish and take care of our immune system, it becomes sluggish, more so after 35, and declines after 50, causing what we call “age related” diseases to appear.
To keep our immune system resilient, we have to turn to a unique class of plants and fungi (mushrooms) called adaptogens. Siberian shamans have been using adaptogens for as far back as history dates, but the actual term was coined in 1947 by Russian scientist Dr. Nicolai Lazarev.
Adaptogens are amazing! They adapt to the exact needs of each particular person to support and nourish their specific hunger like only a good enough mother would.
How You Can Benefit From Chaga Mushroom
Chaga makes a delicious alkaline medicinal tea. It’s fabulously rich melanin pigments and polysaccharides produce a rich, maple syrup-like wild-mushroom tea with hints of vanilla. Its great earthy taste will easily substitute your morning coffee and that is only the tip of the iceberg of all the benefits this mushroom offers.
Chaga is a relatively rare mushroom that mostly grows on birch trees. Birch is a staple of Russian folk medicine due to the tree’s special ability to purify the atmosphere. Russian scientists report that the atmosphere of a birch forest contains approximately 400 microbes per cubic meter, which is lower than the existing standards for hospital operating rooms.
How You Can Benefit From Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola is the second most popular adaptogen next to ginseng. It thrives on cold, dry and sandy grounds of Altai mountains. In Russia, the home of rhodiola rosea, it is widely used as a tonic for better overall health, but it’s real magic lies in enabling us to handle all types of stress, physical, emotional and mental, without loosing too many feathers.
To understand how rhodiola works, it helps to think of this plant as a hormonal thermostat. Just as thermostat regulates the temperature, rhodiola regulates stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol.
When we are stressed out, the adrenal glands release adrenaline into the bloodstream in order to quickly mobilize energy for “fight or flight” response; heart-rate sky rockets, blood pressure rises, muscles tighten, breath becomes fast and shallow, and senses sharpen. At the same time, body functions that are less critical for stress response, such as digestion, immunity, and sexual drive, shut down in order to save energy. This mechanism has evolved in order to effectively deal with the short-term crisis. It wasn’t designed to run for prolonged periods of time.
How You Can Benefit From Wild Siberian Red Root
As I write this, I am sipping a red, delicious, aromatic brew. I steeped it from a special plant called wild siberian red root (radices hedysarae theinae) not to be confused with red root (ceanothus americanus) as they are two separate and distinct varieties with different properties.
The wild siberian red root (radices hedysarae theinae) also called bear root and blood root, grows mostly in the mountains of Altai region where it’s roots reach up to 18 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter. Imagine, pulling that out of the ground. Altayans, who are famous for their longevity, vitality and strength, used to pull it out of the ground with the help of horses.
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