Why Reishi is your new teammate
Talk about being chill and calm when under stress. Reishi, famously called the "queen of mushrooms," is an all-star player for de-stressing the entire nervous system and promoting whole-body relaxation and resilience. This is in addition to its potent ability to combat inflammation and fortify the immune system. The ancient Chinese saw them as able to promote well-being, good fortune, and longevity, and were frequently depicted in art and literature as symbols of these traits. Their relative scarcity made them a prized possession — so much so that they were reserved exclusively for royalty.
Makes us think of… Simone Biles
Simone Biles is the epitome of mental resilience and calm under stress — just like Reishi mushrooms. We particularly admire the proactive and mental-health-positive approach to overcoming the "twisties," a disorienting condition that can be perilous for gymnasts. Her ability to acknowledge and address this challenge head-on mirrors the adaptogenic properties of Reishi, which aid in managing mental and physical stress. Biles' unearthly abilities in gymnastics, her focus under immense pressure, as well as her ability to proactively manage the profound stresses of performing on a global stage, reflects the mushroom's potential.
Benefits of Reishi for Athletes
De-Stress Like a Champ
Picture this: You've just gone ten rounds in the ring, or you’ve just finished playing a huge game. Your body's wired, your mind's racing — it’s hard to just switch off and chill. Enter Reishi, a Zen master for calming those nerves. It helps take your nervous system from a full-throttle sprint to a cool-down jog.
Inflammation is the arch-nemesis of any athlete. Any sort of sports training or competition, and especially high impact activities or repetitive motion, will subject the athlete’s mind and body to at least some kind of stress. Muscle strains, microtears joint stress, or any sort of impact will trigger the body’s anti-inflammatory response to help heal and repair the damage. That’s when Reishi steps in. It's like having an ice bath at a cellular level, helping you bounce back quicker, stronger, and ready to get back in the game.
Reishi is like a warm blanket for your nervous system.
—Jake “The Snake” Plummer
When to take Reishi functional mushrooms
Times when athletes can consider using Reishi to help with recovery:
- Daily, in the evening: Use Reishi as a part of a daily evening routine. Consistency is key. Taking Reishi every day can help athletes de-stress from the day and better build resiliency.
- Post-workout: Reishi's anti-inflammatory properties make it great for using right after training. It can help reduce muscle inflammation and soreness, and accelerate the recovery process.
- Before sleep: Since Reishi can support better sleep quality, taking it before bedtime can be beneficial. Good sleep is crucial for recovery, because that's when the body does most of its healing and muscle repair.