Our hormones are the master controllers of our wellbeing.
Hormones determine whether we’re able to be vibrant and energised, they inform our mood, digestion, stress levels, sleep cycle, whether we’re able to reproduce, gain muscle, lose weight, fight off disease and pathogens, and more!
In light of the importance of our hormones, a lot of the core diseases and problems people face is because of the imbalance of their hormones.
When our hormones are out of balance, when homeostasis (balance) isn’t happening, we experience anxiety, depression, infertility, insomnia, chronic fatigue, inflammatory states – cardiovascular disease, ageing, cancer, auto-immunity, metabolic disease, psoriasis, and gut issues.
Within women, hormone imbalances are becoming more and more common - with PCOS (polycystic ovaries syndrome), endometriosis, infertility, oestrogen dominance, menopause causing pain, frustration, low-self esteem and confusion.
MUSHROOM FOR WOMEN
Mushrooms aid women’s health in their ability to up-regulate the immune system, elevate resistance to stress and help our bodies detoxify all the harmful xeno-estrogens – which act as hormone disruptors and are present in numerous cosmetics, plastics and foods, such as additives, artificial flavours and factory-farmed meats.
This along with their ability to restore balance to insulin resistance and decrease inflammation, which helps to lower excess oestrogen within the body.
REISHI mushroom provides excellent liver support and helps to remove these harmful toxins from our body, and is especially nurturing for our adrenals.
Research shows that Cordyceps and Shiitake mushroom also aid the filtration and movement of blood, up-regulating detoxification, which allows us to re-balance our sex hormones.
PMS is one of those terms that gets thrown around all too often to describe any and every emotional reaction that women do, regardless of what time of the month it actually is.
PMS includes symptoms of irritability, mood swings, fatigue and anxiety. There are many medicinal mushroom benefits for women and Cordyceps, Lion's Mane extract and Reishi mushroom are awesome for PMS.
Cordyceps is prized for its energizing properties, helping to fight off fatigue and restore energy
PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) occurs when there is a higher prevalence of androgens (male hormones) in us females.
This throws our hormone balance out of whack, and PCOS manifests as irregular or no periods, heavy periods, pelvic pain, facial hair, acne along the jawline, difficulty conceiving and is linked to many metabolic diseases– insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Best mushroom for PCOS is Reishi mushroom. Research has shown it may help reduce pelvic inflammation, which is helpful for women suffering from endometriosis, uterine fibroids, dysmenorrhea and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Being women, we are forced to deal and adapt to numerous life and hormonal changes. And menopause is one of these times, and something we can’t avoid– it’s an inevitable part of our evolution and ageing process. But it doesn’t have to be all bad!
Menopause is known for the decline of sex hormones, which sends the body into a whirlwind of symptoms, famously for its hot flashes, night sweats and irritability.
There are some great medicinal mushrooms for menopause.
Research shows Cordyceps mushroom can help to mitigate the symptoms of low estrogens, such as irritability and mood swings, through stimulating the release of estrogen, (17B-estradiol).
These symptoms are brought about by the over-excitation of nerves, which is where Reishi can also be useful in balancing out the over-stimulation. Cordyceps is also well known for boosting libido and sexual vitality, which is a nice little “side-effect” if I do say so myself.
Research has discovered that Cordyceps mushroom also inhibits MAO breakdown (monoamine oxidase)– enzymes which break down serotonin (our feel good and happy hormone), which means it’s able to float around for longer within the brain, improving our mood and state.
Reishi mushroom can help with restlessness, insomnia and hot flashes, alongside strengthening the liver - an active constituent of Reishi.
Cordyceps is traditionally known for boosting libido in males, but anecdotal reports and studies throughout China have reported that the same occurs in women.
Low libido in women is associated with hormone imbalances, stress, medications, a decline in emotional well-being and fatigue.
Cordyceps mushroom is able to significantly boost energy levels, and Reishi has the magic of helping to manage stress and emotional wellbeing, making these two a power-packed duo in reigniting that libido and sex life.
And with sex strengthening our immune system, psychological well-being, decreasing inflammatory markers and stress, improving our sex drive has all the benefits.
MUSHROOMS FOR WOMEN
As women, we often put our own wellbeing and health on the back burner to be there for everyone else or do what we have to do to get to where we want to be.
It’s important to nurture and balance our hormones, so we’re able to really own and encompass our strong feminine energy and go after our dreams.
Incorporating medicinal mushroom benefits for women on a daily basis, whether it’s a teaspoon in your morning coffee, tea, smoothie, baking or cooking, will ensure we’re able to support ourselves and our health in the best way possible.