Improve Your Immunity With These Powerful Mushrooms
By Greg Ashby
The fundamental beliefs of ancient healing sciences from India to the Far East have been to make the body so strong that disease cannot occur.
In China and the Far East, the extraordinary power found in mushroom extracts have been used for thousands of years to fight all disease conditions, particularly those associated with impaired or deficient immune system responses. Medicinal mushrooms have been used in Asia for millennia for their health giving properties. They have been known to help in the areas of heart health and cancer protection. They also have show to protect you from bacteria and viruses, as well as damping down the fires of inflammation. Medicinal mushrooms are non-toxic for daily use. When taking them regularly, they have the ability to restore the body to its natural state of balance.
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Reishi mushroom can enhance your body’s immune system and improve blood circulation. It has been shown to have activity against influenza and HSV-1 viruses. Reishi is generally used as an adaptogen and tonic. It may also be useful for:
- High blood pressure,
Other components of Reishi inhibit histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve overall bodily function. The beta-glucan in Reishi have even been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Maitake mushroom is best known for its cancer-fighting properties as well as
helping with Leukemia
- Blood pressure
- Regulating digestion
- Type 2 diabetes
Research shows that Shiitake mushrooms have antibacterial properties, reduce platelet clumping and have antiviral properties. Shiitake mushrooms have a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases by preventing too much immune cell binding to the lining of our blood vessels. By helping to block the adhesion molecule production process, substances in Shiitake mushrooms can help protect our blood vessels.
Chaga mushroom is a specialized tree mushroom. It is a powerful immune system activator and antioxidant that is rich with immunomodulating polysaccharides and betulinic acid.
- Chaga’s complex mixture of phytonutrients and immune activating compounds – such as Beta Glucans or Polysaccharides – are also found in Algae, Yeast, Oats, etc.
- Chaga’s Beta Glucan polysaccharides are a potent immune\ity activator.
- The Beta Glucans are powerful immunity boosters that work by stimulating the body’s ability to set up cellular defenses.
- Beta Glucans are largely responsible for modulating immune deficiencies.
Agarium Blazei Mushroom
Agaricus exact have shown benefits in improving insulin resistance.
They are also known to help people:
- With suppressed immune systems from any cause
- Who have high occurrence of infectious diseases, including Colds and Flu
- Have allergies or skin conditions, including skin cancer
- Who are exposed to radiation
- Who are over 40 when the immune system starts to slow down to the natural aging process
- Have chronic diseases, such as chronic inflammation and chronic fatigue
- Who struggle with arteriosclerosis (Agaricus Blazei helps draw extra cholesterol from blood, thus preventing further plaque formation on the arterial walls)
- Calming adaptogen
- Liver protective
- Immune enhancer
- Kidney protective
- Mind sedative
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Additional Dietary Add-Ins:
- Add virgin organic coconut oil to your diet to benefit from the saturated fat that can help stabilize blood sugar levels.
- Add foods rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids to your diet in the form of wild-caught salmon.
- Add mineralized salt to your diet, especially upon rising (½ to 1 teaspoon mixed in water) and at least a half-hour before your lowest energy point of the day. Choose Himalayan crystal salt.
- Eat lightly cooked animal and vegetable proteins (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, legumes).
- Eat dairy products with live, active cultures probiotics, such as organic, unpasteurized yogurt and kefir (unless you are allergic to dairy).
- Limit intake of fruits that have a high glycemic index such as apricots, raisins, banana, papaya and mango.
- Eat plenty of vegetables and vegetable juices (kelp, sprouts, green and black olives, peppers, spinach, chard, celery, zucchini).
- Add nutrient-dense and unprocessed foods such as sprouted nuts, grains and seeds to your diet that can be found at a local natural foods market/health food store.
- Drink purified water throughout the day.
Foods to Take Out:
- All foods containing refined sugar or artificial sugar-substitutes such as aspartame, and Splenda (use instead Monk Fruit).
- All simple or refined carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, crackers, etc.).
- Foods such as bananas, all melons, dried figs, raisins, dates, oranges and grapefruit may worsen fatigue because of the high fructose content.
- Excessive caffeine intake. While moderate amounts of caffeine may be beneficial, excessive consumption of caffeine may affect the body’s systems. If you do consume coffee, never consume on a empty stomach or if the time is between 9:30-11:30 am.
- Alcoholic beverages in excess since they hinder the functioning of the immune and energy production systems.
- Fermented foods such as cheese and wine.
- Pickled foods.
- Sweetened fruit juices that spike blood sugar levels too rapidly.
- Carbonated soft drinks that alter pH levels, making the blood more acidic.
- Oysters, clams, and lobster that may contain toxic levels of mercury.
- Deep-sea fish, such as tuna, mackerel and swordfish that may contain toxic levels of mercury. Choose minimal-mercury albacore tuna instead.
- Farm-raised fish that contain PCBs and not enough omega-3 essential fatty acids due to their land-based diets. Choose wild-caught salmon instead (link above).
- Yeast and wheat products (breads, crackers, pasta, etc.) that contain gluten.
- Sodium nitrite found in processed foods such as hot dogs, lunch meats, and bacon.
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG) found in many foods as a flavor enhancer.
- Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils/trans fats found in many processed foods, deep-fried food, fast food and junk food.
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Greg Ashby, CHHC, AADP lives in Ogden, Utah and is an Integrative Health Coach and Functional Nutrition Consultant. Greg has been in the Health and Wellness industry for over 20 years.
Because of his personal experience with Adrenal and Thyroid disorders, as well as Cancer, he’s committed to the areas of Autoimmunity and Cancer prevention and management when it comes to research and his work. He enjoys studying the Psychology of Eating and Behavioral Disorders.
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