I speak often about my post-SIBO supplement, nutrition and stress management protocol in my social media posts. I attempted to be someone who didn't rely on nutraceuticals and herbs to support digestion, my nervous system and detoxification and to be honest, it didn't go very well.
This was due to several factors, some I'm sure I'm not aware of yet. Though I did know that I'm predisposed to poor gut health and that my genetics don't support proper methylation and detoxification.
For a period of time I envied people who seemed to be unaffected by food and stress and I assumed they live a carefree life with optimal health. This is a gross assumption and doesn't really play a role at all in my personal health situation. I've learned that comparison doesn't lead to anywhere of value.
I've also happily learned that I must eat a specific diet, take certain supplements and continually manage stress triggers in order to stay disease-free, happy and full of energy. This is ok with me as the alternative is just not an option.
Last week, Dr. Murphy dropped off a beautiful kit of herbal remedies for me that comprise my fall cleanse kit. She's super sweet and threw in a gorgeous jar of chaga java which also has
roasted chicory and dandelion root.
I have to be honest, I've never used chaga before in my life, but when she explained the incredible health boosting effects associated with the use of this mushroom, I dug right in to recipe researching and testing to find an incredible way to drink this magical mushroom (not that kind of magical mushroom, silly!).
I love plant based medicine, but am not a huge fan of the taste of mushrooms (of any kind), so trust me when I say that this recipe would win over even the biggest critics, kids included, and will definitely pass for a spicy hot chocolate.
This decadent, immune-boosting, rich and flavourful recipe is beautiful for this fall weather.
Let's chat a bit about why this mushroom is so cherished for health seekers!
This might lead you to wonder one thing...
Why should I give a damn about antioxidants and immune boosting foods?
Well, great question! As someone who may be suffering from
long-term gut illness, we can assume your immune system may need some support. Up to 90% of our immune cells reside in our gastrointestinal tissue. When there's inflammation, damage and
infection in the gut we often see food intolerances, autoimmune disease activate and other cascading health issues arise.
So, by repairing the gut, improving immune function and improving the diet (increasing antioxidants and superfood intake) and our stress responses, we can often see a massive improvement in health symptoms.
Let's look at some of the other reasons we can use support from superfoods, immune boosting herbs, mushrooms and nutraceuticals:
This is an incredibly simple recipe to make and you can double or triple the recipe to have leftovers for easy prep each morning!
From my immune-boosting kitchen to yours,
Cassandra Hope, RHN
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