Winter is near and it’s the perfect time to begin your immune system tonification. A little cold or flue is normal, but you don’t want to catch every bug that comes your way.
There are a lot of immune-boosting remedies and tips out there and sometimes it’s hard to navigate the cold-cure clutter. I like to keep it simple – let food be your medicine. Start eating warmer, longer cooked, more grounding foods. Mushrooms, in particular, are the best herbal and food strategy in my opinion.
Reishi mushrooms, also known as Ganoderma lucidum, are a beautiful mushroom variety. It has been long revered in the east and has been used for more than two millennia to treat and prevent a wide variety of illnesses. Most importantly, it’s known to keep us healthy in a safe and holistic way.
Many other medicinal mushrooms are useful pre cold, flue and allergy season as well. One, Cordyceps, has lung protective qualities. Shitake, has been shown to have a wide range of immunoprotective qualities and also protects the liver.
Let food be your medicine. shitaki’s, maitake and lions mane, are delicious additions to your winter soups and stews. Stay warm. Stay healthy.