Our living environment has become increasingly polluted, our diets unhealthy with processed foods which are full of preservative, damaging fats, refined carbohydrates, and sugars that fill our stomach but don’t nourish our body optimally. In addition to that we’re leading very busy, hectic, and stressful lifestyles. Despite the fact that we boast to have the very best and contemporary time-saving electrical gadgets and gadgets most individuals are left with no time or no endurance for exercise that everyone knows is critical for health.
These have put a lot of strain on our immune system that has to continuously function on a hyper mode, trying hard to neutralize the environmental pollutants we’re subjected to and ingested toxins from drugs and foods, trying to help your body maintain a state of homeostasis or balance for optimal health. The immune system is a complex network of specialized cells and organs like the spleen, thymus and bone marrow that shield any overseas viruses or bacterial when they invade your body.
We get sickly easily due to an impaired immune system. T-cells is a product of the thymus gland which protects you against harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites, but it shrinks as we get older, reducing the creation of T-cells. This is the reason it’s essential to boost your immune system as you get older to prevent sickness. Many are trying to find natural wholesome diets, nutrition supplementation and exercise to nourish and strengthen their immune system to operate better.
The discovery of medicinal mushrooms such as cordyceps and ganoderma lucidum (reishi) or Lingzhi has been recorded in many respectable studies on its capacity to restore our bodies’ equilibrium and natural immunity to disease. Cordyceps or Cordyceps Sinensis is a rare parasitic organism develops primarily on the Tibetan plateau in high altitudes of 14,000 feet. In Chinese, its name means ‘winter worm, summer grass’ or “caterpillar fungus.” It’s nature’s cross marriage of this plant and insect kingdom.
When it was first found about 2000 years ago the Chinese believed the herb was a pig. The fungus mushroom is a product by a sort of fungus which strikes upon the larvae of the Chongcao bat moth and forms a fungus/larva composite body, and it takes five to seven years to complete its life cycle. Included in the Chinese culinary delicacy, the cordyceps mushroom has been used in soups and brews with poultry and pork. Because of its scarcity and high cost, its use was reserved exclusively for the Emperor’s Palace in China.
Cordyceps has been known for centuries and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In 1993, three girls Chinese athletes set new world records in the National Games in China. Their trainer attributed their success to intensive training and supplementation with the cordyceps mushroom. Today many scientific studies have demonstrated the many health benefits from this fungus.