If you haven’t heard about David “Avocado” Wolfe, then you may be new to considering your food in a different light. David has been a pioneer in the vegan, superfood and herb movement and is considered to be guy that “knows” what is at the forefront of the next greatest and latest. I went to see him talk on the weekend and it was a great way to get a download from his amazing experience. There were quite a few things that I wanted to share with you, and I thought I would spread it out over a few posts. This week, I thought I would cover the shrooms. In particular, medicinal mushrooms which are found on trees, Reishi Mushrooms.
Reishi mushrooms are known as the immortality mushroom. It has some pretty crazy benefits and is definitely something I am going to add to my daily routine. For the last 8 years I have struggled with hyperpigmentation, otherwise, known as melasma, and have been constantly searching for topical treatments. With no success, I have thought to start addressing the internal cause (I stopped taking the pill along time ago). Reishi mushrooms got me excited for a few reasons. They have some pretty legendary rejuvenating qualities, and the list of benefits include:
- Slowing down premature ageing
- Slow premature hair loss and balding
- Natural immune booster
- Detoxifying and strengthening the liver
- Combats depression
These benefits are only just the beginning, but what really piqued my interest was the benefits for skin healing. There have been various studies that have looked at reishi mushrooms ability to cure various external skin issues. There is a harmony of anti-histaminic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-allergenic properties that provide some juju magic to improve immunity, circulation and the healing begins. Not only this, but it apparently works its magic on hormonal imbalance. Melasma is a result of sunlight exposure combining with hormones (perhaps an imbalance in progesterone), so a natural food based product that not only helps heal the skin and balance hormones, I thought I am determined to give it a go. I look forward to posting my feedback over the coming weeks, I can’t wait to share if it really does help!