Shannon and I do our best to stay up to date with all the latest health & fitness trends. One particular trend that we’ve been hearing a lot about is adaptogens. If you’re unfamiliar with that term, don’t worry, this week’s Addicted to Fitness explains what it means and features taste tests of adaptogen containing beverages.
Adaptogens are medicinal plants believed to help the body respond more effectively to both physical and biological stressors according to greatist.com. Shannon has been reading a lot about adaptogens during her recent research into Ayurveda, which is an ancient system of medicine that uses many herbal compounds for treatments.
Coincidentally, Shannon was recently introduced to adaptogen containing beverages by another podcast and has been adding them into her daily routine for the last couple months. These beverages aare produced by a company called Four Sigmatic and they contain an additional ingredient that the creators claim can benefit several different areas of health & fitness: mushrooms. If you check out the Four Sigmatic site, you’ll see that they have a variety of mushroom coffees, elixirs, blends and even hot cocoa. They also do a great job describing which mushrooms benefit a specific bodily function/system.
For our taste test, I had the Mushroom Matcha while Shannon drank a Golden Latte. Both beverages were created by combining the Four Sigmatic powdered mix with unsweentened almond milk. You’ll have to listen to the episode to hear our entire reviews, but here are a few highlights:
- Made with Lion’s Mane mushrooms – cognitive boosting benefits
- Contains caffeine
- Light and tea like – not a strong flavor like coffee
- Strong after taste of green tea
- No sugar added
- Made primarily of tumeric – powerful antioxidant
- Contains shiitake mushrooms – supports full body wellbeing
- Dairy & caffeine free
- Also contains pinch of black pepper which aids in the absorption of the antioxidants in turmeric
- Lightly sweetened with coconut sugar
If you’ve tried a adaptogen & mushroom beverage, head to the ATF Facebook page and let us know what you thought. We’d also love it if you shared your impressions of the podcast in a rating & review on the Apple Podcasts app.
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