Stress

"Help, I'm stressed out!"

Who is not familiar with this complaint that we hear from many people on a daily basis. More and more people experience the constant demands placed on them as stressful. Accustomed to meeting constantly high standards in professional and family life, we come under increasing pressure to perform. Over a certain period of time body and psyche can adapt to the unremittingly accruing tasks, but at some point the body reacts with disorders and diseases.

Mr. K. from Büdingen suffers from exhaustion and thought and worry stress. He regularly takes Cordyceps and now has more willpower, better concentration, greater physical strength and better sexual potency. He has also become happier.

Stress is caused by external factors and is unavoidable in everybody's life. It may have a positive or a negative effect. Physical and psychosocial stressors are distinguished. In any case, stress is a necessary response of the body to overload and is experienced differently.

We distinguish eustress, the positive, and dis(s)tress, the negative form of stress. Eustress inspires people to peak performance and is characterized by the constant alternation of the sympathetic and parasympathetic portion of the autonomic nervous system. The person feels able to handle the situation. Distress, on the other hand, is burdening and triggers illness. It can be triggered by overstimulation, noise, lack of time, testing situations, death of a close relative, lack of money, mobbing etc.

Alertness

For our ancestors, it was of course vital to respond to any threatening situation immediately with alertness. Here the body dissipated the released energy. In our modern society, however, our bodies cannot differentiate between, for example, being exposed to the life-threatening attack of a lion, or if our supervisor is simply in a bad mood once again. In both situations it releases hormones that set the stress reaction in the organism in motion. Psychological burdens also have a direct influence on physical processes.

Constant stress sickens

If we cannot sufficiently dissipate the stress, our vulnerability for infections, headaches, sleep disorders, performance deficiencies, etc. increases. The psychological changes include moodiness, increased irritability, lack of concentration, forgetfulness and depression. Because of the persistently raised cortisol levels, on the physical level the blood sugar and blood lipids can derail. Likewise, the blood pressure rises, thus increasing the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, which are closely linked to stress.

Coping with stress

Relaxation exercises such as autogenic training, yoga, Qi Gong or endurance sports relieve stress. A whole food diet rich in vital elements, regular exercise, Kneipp applications and joy of life substantially improve the physical and psychological well-being. The goal is to achieve or recover inner balance. As an accompanying and supportive measure medicinal mushrooms help to restore health. According to records, in Asia some have been used for over 4000 years as medicine.

Medicinal mushrooms help in stressful situations

The main component in stress processes is the psyche. To strengthen it, taking the Cordyceps medicinal fungus is highly recommended. In traditional Asian medicine it is regarded as the mushroom for strength, resilience and willpower. It is generally used to increase vitality. Simultaneously it is also reassuring and relaxing and regulates the endocrine and nervous system.

Another fundamental mushroom for stress treatment is the Reishi. Since the alarm responses set in motion under stress, such as, for example, increased heart rate, increase the basal metabolic rate of the metabolism, also more oxygen is needed. Reishi helps to improve the absorption of oxygen in the blood. It is also an excellent remedy for restlessness and insomnia.

Over a long period, Ms. K. from Munich suffered time and again from burnout syndrome, fatigue, overwork and distress." Due to Cordyceps my condition has significantly
improved. I generally feel much stronger, my symptoms have receded and not returned."

Stress also affects the immune system. Agaricus blazei murrill (ABM) contains a lot of long-chain glycoproteins, the ß-glycans. Their chemical structures have a wide spectrum of activity and ensure, amongst other things, that a weakened immune system is stimulated and that excessive immune reactions are prevented or regulated.

The Shiitake is very good for regulating blood lipid levels. The eritadenine it contains promotes the transport of fats to the liver. Another active ingredient is choline, which is required for the breaking down of fatty acids in the liver, and also increases HDL.

Another medicinal mushroom which favourably influences fat metabolism is the Maitake. Through its ingestion total cholesterol and triglycerides can be reduced. An additional advantage of Maitake is its bone-strengthening effect, as it counteracts the calcium evacuation from the bones due to the increased cortisol release in the face of stress. With the therapeutic administration of Maitake the osteoporosis risk can therefore also be limited.

"I have been taking Cordyceps and Reishi mushrooms for half a year. My nervousness and my general well-being have steadily improved since I started taking them. The consultation at the MykoTroph Institute laid the cornerstone for that." T. M.

The gastro-intestinal tract can also be attacked by stress. In this case Hericium is recommended because it protects and regenerates the mucous membranes there. This is why it is also a positive support with gastritis, heartburn, stomach ulcers and irritable colon. Hericium also protects the nervous system. The ingredient erinacin stimulates nerve growth and the myelin-forming in the nerve fibres. Stress-related anxiety, restlessness, memory lapses and insomnia can be treated very well using this medicinal mushroom.

The Pleurotus (oyster mushroom) medicinal mushroom is particularly rich in vitamins of the B group, which serve energy generation, and also contains a lot of folic acid. Through these important vitamins and trace elements, it also counteracts an excessive homocysteine level and thus the risk of heart attack.

In stressful situations our entire metabolism is accelerated. As a result, free radicals, which are very aggressive and can damage our body cells, increasingly develop in the body. To counteract this dangerous oxidative stress, the daily intake of OPC in combination with natural vitamin C has proved effective.

Conclusion

Search for solutions! Liberate yourself from the stressful situation, so that you don’t offer the stress a trigger. Seek balancing activities - sport breaks down hormone overproduction. Additionally medicinal mushrooms help to keep the body and mind in balance and to support the immune system.

Note:

The effects described are based on the ingestion of medicinal mushroom powder which is prepared from the whole mushroom. Please seek advice from your therapist before using.