Mushrooms have been part of folk medicine for centuries. Thought to promote health and longevity, these highly-prized fungi were used throughout Asia, Eastern Europe, and by the Ancient Egyptians. In ancient China, the Reishi Mushroom, was thought to bring balance to a body that is out of equilibrium.
Prized for their health-promoting properties, therapeutic mushrooms were, until recently, virtually unknown in the West. But thanks to modern research, the mechanisms behind the magic of therapeutic mushrooms are gradually being uncovered. Some of the most widely studied varieties include Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis), and Shiitake (Lentinula edodes).
Reishi have been called the “Mushroom of Immortality” and the “Elixir of Life.” They have been shown to contain more than 400 biologically active compounds, which seem to have a wide range of effects on human health. Among these are Beta glucans, which promote the activity of macrophages and lymphocytes, and are also thought to promote healthy cholesterol levels; and Ganoderic acids, which are thought to modulate the immune system, meaning they promote immune activity when a threat is perceived, and slow down immune activity when the immune response is excessive. Preliminary research also suggests ganoderic acids also support healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels and liver function.
Also known as the “Caterpillar mushrooms”, this highly-prized mushroom variety grows mainly on the Tibetan plateau at a high elevation of 14,000 feet and is produced only in small quantities. It is thought to support energy, appetite, stamina, libido, endurance, and healthy sleep.
Shiitake are thought to support the immune system by supporting the production of interferon, a family of compounds that helps the body resist illness. They also are a source of letinan, a type of beta glucan; eritadenine, a compound which may help support balanced cholesterol levels; and lenthionine, which may affect platelet aggregation.
The Benefits of Mushrooms from Youngevity
If you want to discover the amazing health benefits of mushrooms, consider trying the following Youngevity products:
#24220 Triple Truffle‚Ñ¢ Chocolate. These delectable, premium dark chocolate truffles feature calcium, vitamin D and magnesium for strong and healthy bones; reishi mushrooms for powerful immune support; and ethically-traded, kosher-certified antioxidant-rich cocoa.* They’re the ultimate guilt-free chocolate experience!
#RG083 – Reishi Complex by R-Garden. A unique combination of two powerful mushrooms, Reishi and Coriolus, plus the enzymes Amylase and Lipase for superior absorption.
#RG011 – Cordyceps by R-Garden. Containing 500 mg of Cordyceps sinensis and 20 mg of Lipase, this amazing formula is processed with a proprietary PhytoCell process that breaks through the spore walls to release more and higher amounts of the bioactive compounds.*
#RG013 – Cordyceps Plus by R-Garden. Cordyceps Plus contains a unique blend of immune supporting botanicals including Cordyceps sinensis, white Chinese Panax Ginseng, and Chinese Rhodiola.*
#82505 Immu-911‚Ñ¢ by Supralife. Formulated for broad-spectrum immune support, Immu-911 features Colostrum, Astragalus Root, Echinacea, Pau D’Arco, and a proprietary blend of mushrooms including Shiitake, Maitake, White Wood Ear, Cordyceps, Split Gill, and Turkey Tail varieties.*
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure any disease.
Five Tips for Staying Motivated
If you’re a one-person team operating out of a home office, staying motivated can sometimes be a challenge. Not only do you not have the person-to-person interaction and energy that happens in larger offices, it’s also all too easy to get sidetracked by household chores or other distractions.
If this sounds familiar, then here are a few tips to help you keep you stay on your path to success and wealth.
Tip # 1: Set boundaries
As the saying goes, “’tis better to work to live than to live to work.” You no doubt became an independent business owner because you want the best life for yourself and your family. If that’s the case, then it’s absolutely crucial that you set clear boundaries between the two. Set regular work hours and ask your family to respect this time. It’s important that they recognize that your work is the same as it would be in an office across town.
Tip #2: Make a list, check it twice
Make a list of everything you need to accomplish each day, in order of priority. Being able to cross items off your list will give you a sense of accomplishment and this will keep you on track and motivated. Hold yourself accountable at the end of the day.
Tip #3: Signs of success
You’re your own boss, right? Remind yourself every day that you’re the important head of a growing enterprise by putting a sign on your office door – complete with the name of your business and title (Senior Executive Marketing Director, etc.)
Tip # 4: Keep your eyes on the prize
One of the most effective motivators in sports is to visualize yourself as a winner. By doing so, you take yourself psychologically from “wanting to win” to actually “being” a winner. The same goes for your business. Visualize what you want out of your business (a bigger home, college tuition for your kids, a new car, etc.) Many of you have done this “Dream Building” exercise – post it in your home or office area.
Tip # 5: Get social – network!
Where does it say you have to go it alone? Since more and more people are choosing to run their own home businesses, there are sure to be associations and groups of people who are facing the same issues and challenges that you are and who are willing to share best practices. And of course, there’s online social networking. Youngevity, for instance, has several Facebook groups that make it easier than ever to stay in touch with your peers. Get involved – it can be fun!