I Drank Mushroom Coffee for 2 Weeks—Here's How It Made Me Feel
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Adaptogenic mushroom coffee is gaining popularity for its touted health benefits, so I tried some to see what all the fuss was about.
An important part of becoming fully awake for many adults involves a cup coffee.
I'm one of those adults, and I've been pretty happy with it. But in a recent effort to pursue a healthier, less addictive lifestyle, my husband and I (okay: my husband) made the choice to eliminate said cup of morning coffee—and other heavily caffeinated things—from our home.
Because I still wanted (or needed) to drink something coffee-like, he came home one day with a surprise: A can labeled MUDWTR.
MUDWTR has a similar appearance to cocoa powder. It's a combination of masala chai, cacao, turmeric, cinnamon, Himalayan sea salt, and four types of mushrooms: lion’s mane, cordyceps, chaga and reishi.
Why mushrooms? One of the big wellness trends of the last few years has been adding "functional mushrooms" to foods in the hopes of taking advantage of their immune-boosting, cancer-fighting properties. Our nutritionist Brierley Horton, MS, RD, says “Mushrooms do have disease-fighting antioxidants, but whether those antioxidants stay present in a hot drink and then improve your health hasn’t appeared in published research” to her knowledge. But, she asserts, they are certainly not harmful.
MUDWTR’s developer Shane Heath boasts of other health benefits, too. As the website explains, "each ingredient was included in this blend for a specific purpose," and the various ingredients are touted for advantages including increased alertness, stamina, focus, mental performance, an abundance of "phytonutrients," and practically every other wellness buzzword.
In addition, the site shows off comments from a handful of customers stating how tasty it is, and how much better it made them feel. So I decided to give it a try.
With our tin of powder, MUDWTR mailed us a list of suggested preparations. I started with the MUD MYLK, stirring one tablespoon of the powder into three tablespoons of hot water, and then adding to a cup of steamed oat milk with a tablespoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of honey. My husband drank his black—just a tablespoon of powder in eight ounces of water.
My first sip practically took me across the globe. While I’ve never been to India, the flavors brought to mind the spice markets and colorful walkways I hear about and see in photographs.
The cacao, cinnamon and turmeric add unique layers of flavor that tone down the chai and prevent mushroom flavors from peeking through. It tasted, frankly, like a latte, which was delightful.
I had a sip of my husband's plain cup next. It’s too spicy to be compared to coffee, but is not nearly as earthy and bitter, and is certainly much more textured and full-bodied. At the bottom of my cup, there were some gritty remnants of the mix, but it wouldn't be hard to remove those by pouring the liquid through a mesh strainer.
Like coffee, MUDWTR has a bold flavor and a touch of caffeine (14mg—a cup of coffee has about 95mg on average), but that’s where the similarities end, and I am OK with that.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my morning cup of coffee—but it often leaves me jittery, and I have to pee as soon as I drink a cup. Mushroom coffee, on the other hand, gave me the alertness I was after, without any of the shakiness. I also didn’t have to go to the bathroom as frequently, and because it has less caffeine it didn’t mess with my sleep cycle.
The MUDWTR was also easy to make (you just pour the powder into some hot water.) But since I didn’t like to drink it straight, I ended up heating two liquids which meant dirtying two cups, a measuring spoon, and a spoon to stir everything together. And I had to buy oat milk and honey, which added a little extra cost to my weekly grocery bill.
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If you’re just trying to get a quick hit of caffeine, mushroom coffee probably isn’t for you since it requires a little more time and attention. Not to mention, it can be expensive! If you get a subscription plan, it’s about $1.50 per serving (which is significantly more money than coffee beans, but much less pricey than driving through Starbucks.)
But for me, the side effects justified the cost in time and money. While drinking it, I had an unexpected—but pretty cool—side effect. I’m breastfeeding, and after drinking the mushroom coffee, my milk production increased by 100%. I don’t know if it’s because of the ingredients, or because I’m drinking less caffeine, or because I’m drinking more milk (it’s rumored to help some women with milk production), but I’m happy with the way it makes my body feel.
Want to try it out for yourself? MUDWTR is currently sold only through their website. A 15-serving canister is $30. You can, however, use the discount code MEREDITHFS15 for 15% off your purchase until June 30.
Here's What Happened When I Gave Up Coffee
Ever since graduate school, drinking coffee has been the only task I manage to accomplish every single day without fail. It's what gets me going every morning, and it's responsible for some of my most fondest memories with my friends. So when I used to meet people who didn't drink coffee, I couldn't help but feel sorry for them, like they were missing out on life in technicolor. Even though they seemed fine without it, I was convinced that without coffee I would be a tired, boring wreck who wasn't able to accomplish anything of value.
Within the last few months, though, I've been forced to confront my one-cup-a-day coffee addiction. Like any big epiphany, it all started with some innocent Googling. Then I started reading a book called Meditate Your Weight , written by Tiffany Cruikshank, an internationally renowned health and wellness expert I trust. One of the first things she recommends giving up when you're trying to live a healthy, balanced life is caffeine — particularly coffee. She writes, "Caffeine is the great pretender — it masks our true energy levels . Caffeine also excites the adrenals, the glands that regulate stress, which are already overused and overstimulated due to our hectic lifestyles."
I felt compelled for the first time to take a look at how coffee truly affects me. Here's what I knew for sure: I can't properly wake up in the morning until I'm caffeinated. Although I get a rush of energy from coffee, I also feel like I'm on edge for a few hours after, and it leaves me feeling dehydrated. I also get the late afternoon crash from my coffee, which leaves me feeling so exhausted I can barely get anything useful done after 3 p.m. Finally, I'm a person who has struggled with anxiety for years, and I have to admit I get quite anxious after a cup of joe.
Clearly, none of these side effects are good, but maybe life without coffee was even worse. I was suddenly desperate to find out what would happen if I kicked my coffee habit.
The original plan was to give up coffee for just one week. I wanted to see how my anxiety would be affected, how tired I would be during the day, and whether my ability to concentrate would improve. However, for reasons you'll see below, I decided on the sixth day to extend my experiment for another week.
I was thrilled that my boyfriend, who doesn't get an afternoon crash from coffee but does struggle with anxiety like I do, agreed to embark on the challenge with me. I honestly don't think I would have been able to do it if he hadn't been just as enthusiastic. Not because I needed his support, but because we have a coffee together every single day. I wasn't about to watch him enjoy a soy latte every a.m. while I sipped on a lifeless glass of water. So not fair.
Days 1 And 2
As you can see from this photo, I was trying to go about my morning like everything was OK in the world, but I was clearly suffering on the inside. My eyes were puffy and baggy, and the lethargy became really noticeable around 8:30 a.m., which is about the time I dig into breakfast and a coffee. I still ate a full breakfast, though, and got myself ready for the day, all the while fighting the urge to weep.
Late afternoon, all hell broke loose. At 3 p.m. I felt a dull pounding right behind my eyes. I got really tired and longed badly for a nap. I felt cranky and irritable. When my boyfriend asked if I had finished writing for the day so we could go somewhere for dinner, I screamed something unintelligible in his face. I eventually had to give up on my work for the day because I felt so sluggish.
The next day, the same exact thing happened, and this time, I sank into the couch at 5 p.m., completely exhausted. I bit my nails from all the anxiety that was building up. I watched TV for a few hours with the same dull pounding in the back of my head, then fell asleep and dreamed about coffee beans. So far, it sucked.
Days 3 And 4
Headaches. That's all I can really remember from Days 3 and 4. Miserable headaches. The worst part was how the headaches would tease me. For the first half of the day, I felt absolutely nothing and became momentarily convinced that the worst was behind me. But every day, the headaches would appear a little bit later in the afternoon. On the third day, the pounding sensations crept in at 5:30 p.m., and on the fourth day, at 6:15 p.m. What's worse, I was more tired than before, especially in the morning hours when my system was used to getting that boost of caffeine. It was getting increasingly harder to get all my work done. I even found myself in frustrated tears at one point.
Before lunchtime on Day 4, my SO and I went to see his dad. Anyone who knows my boyfriend's dad knows that he goes to the same cafe every single day (which makes the best double ristretto coffee I've ever had in my life), does crossword puzzles, and drinks about four lattes over the course of a couple hours. We used to love meeting him there, so we knew this visit would be painful. After we listened to his house hunting stories and lusted after his lattes, we spilled the beans that we had recently given up coffee.
"Oh, that's bullshit," he joked. "I'm sorry for you both." We all laughed — but I was starting to wonder if he was right.
Days 5 And 6
My SO and I woke up on a mission. We weren't going to lose this battle! We were better than this! We hauled our tired asses to the nearest park, which featured a staircase of death that had over 130 steps. After sprinting up and down eight times, we felt pretty cheery. With a pep in our step, we went home and made ourselves a couple creamy smoothies. I sat down in front of my computer with the clearest head I had all week. I thought I was in the clear this time, for sure. Much to my dismay, the same crippling headache kicked in right before I sat down for dinner. Enter the anger phase. I was so mad that these headaches were still plaguing me that I wanted to punch a hole in the wall. What was the point of the dumb experiment, anyway?! I fell asleep in a bit of a rage.
The next night, we had dinner plans with my SO's niece, who had recently gotten married, but whose husband we'd yet to meet because they'd eloped to Vegas. When they asked us how we were doing across the table, we blurted out our life-without-coffee aches and pains. Ian, the new hubby, leaned in and said, "I never drink caffeine anymore. I gave it up about a year ago." I felt like hugging him. I started to complain about the long string of unbearable headaches, and how they were messing with my ability to live a normal life.
"Yeah, you just have to stick with it," he said. He then went on to explain that once he held out long enough to get out of the withdrawal phase, his energy levels were through the roof. It made me think this seven-day experiment wasn't long enough. What would happen if I committed to another week? I decided then and there to tack on an extra seven days and find out, because there's no way I just lived through a week of headaches with nothing to show for it.
Days 7 And 8
The next day was my first full day without any withdrawal symptoms. No headaches, no fatigue, and no weird mood swings. I was feeling more like myself. The late afternoon showcased the first big change: I didn't experience any crash during the 3-5 p.m. window. I cruised right along through the evening with hardly any anxiety. It was such a huge relief, but more importantly, it was a hint at the avalanche of positives that were about to come.
At this point, though, I was starting to miss out on the comforting ritual of drinking coffee. I yearned for a reason to walk down to the corner cafe and sip on a warm beverage while chatting with my neighbors. That's when it occurred to me. There was tea. There were even naturally uncaffeinated rooibos chai lattes. I practically ripped open the curtains on Sunday morning and dragged my boyfriend out of bed, screaming, "We can go get a faux coffee! I figured it out! Let's go! OUT OF BED!" He was shocked at first, but once he came to, he yielded. We hopped into the car, drove to our favorite spot, and ordered two soy rooibos chai lattes with a touch of honey. After a few sips, we both looked at each other and determined that this tasted just as good as a coffee, if not better. We brought our lattes in the car and happily drove off to run our errands for the day.
Days 9 And 10
Buying a $4 chai latte every single day of my life probably isn't the smartest fiscal decision, so I decided to be responsible and figure out a way to duplicate the beverage at home. I bought all the necessary ingredients — rooibos chai tea, almond milk, and organic raw honey — and made a copycat drink that wasn't half bad.
This was about the time when I started seeing significant changes in my energy levels. When I got out of bed, I felt wide awake and ready for action. I was also in a good mood for once, skipping around like a morning person would. The liveliness stayed with me all day, and I was more active and able to get more things accomplished.
Days 11 And 12
The next morning, I figured out how to steam my own almond milk at home to get myself one step closer to the chai lattes the corner cafe made so well. I was slowly but surely translating my love for coffee into tea. It seems insignificant, but that small shift made it that much easier to let coffee go.
More importantly, I noticed a significant difference in my anxiety levels. I hadn't been biting my nails as often over the past few days, I could sit still without much fidgeting, and the relentless reel of worrying thoughts in my head was quieter. It feels weird to admit, but mornings turned into a peaceful, calming part of my day where I was able to plan out everything I needed to get done.
"I feel pretty good, babe," my SO said to me as we drove to yoga. "I think I actually feel a little less anxious." I agreed wholeheartedly.
"Right?" I replied. "I swear, I feel like I just started taking the world' best anti-anxiety medication, only with no side effects."
He asked aloud if maybe it was the placebo effect. I knew he was wrong, because when we got home, I wrote for several hours, rearranged my closet, and cooked a yummy dinner. That night, I slept like a baby, free from all the anxiety that usually runs through my head when I climb into bed. I was on fire.
Days 13 And 14
This picture was taken very early on a weekday morning, when I decided to take a long walk before work started. There are no bags under my eyes, and I look pretty alert. I felt fantastic, better than I had in a very long time. I especially liked how this new bundle of energy I had didn't exert itself in one short burst, like coffee did. Instead, it was a slow and steady release of vitality that was completely void of the jittery, on-edge sensations.
At the yoga studio in the evening, I ran into a friend who I used to work with. We exchanged greetings and hugs, and I couldn't help but tell her that I had given up coffee and felt like a superhero. Surprisingly, she nodded and said, "Yeah, man. Coffee is poison. It's like heroin!" I jumped up and down and squealed, "I know, right?!" It was nice to know I wasn't the only nutcase out there who had unearthed the magic of living without coffee.
I usually don't employ the word "never," but I feel pretty confident saying that I'll never go back to drinking coffee regularly. This is coming from a person who used to pass serious judgment on people who branded themselves as non-coffee drinkers. I'm now at a point where I can sit down at a table covered in piping hot mugs of coffee and genuinely not want to take a sip. My partner likes to joke, "Just looking at a coffee makes me anxious now." You laugh, but it's true.
Now that the two weeks are over, I've continued to glow without my daily coffee. I'm most excited about the tangible drop in anxiety I even find myself more relaxed in most social situations. The nervous thoughts that used to be my constant companions have backed off a bit. I'm not saying my anxiety is cured, but it certainly is suppressed in a way I never imagined possible. The fact that I can concentrate much better on my work is a huge plus, too, as is my ability to make it through the whole day without wanting to take a three hour nap. The headaches are gone.
At first, I was embarrassed to tell people that I wasn't drinking coffee. I mean, what kind of sociopath doesn't drink coffee?! These days, though, I'm so happy living without it that I'm telling everyone I can to try giving it up, especially if they suffer from an anxiety disorder. Say whatever you'd like, but I'll be in the corner sipping on my uncaffienated chai, cool as a cucumber.
What Happens When You Drink a Green Smoothie Every Day For A Week
Unfortunately, contrary to my expectations, I didn’t lose 10 pounds the first day. I repeat: DID NOT LOSE 10 POUNDS THE FIRST 24 HOURS. Also, shocking, but my skin didn’t tighten up and start glowing in the dark either.
However, here’s what really happened the first week.
I felt more alive and had more energy. Right after I had my green smoothie, I would be more awake, alert and would have this rush of energy – something I have only after doing a dance or cardio workout.
I could go without that much sleep. The other thing I noticed was that I really needed only 6 hours of sleep. Maybe it’s other factors as well, but I noticed I wake up earlier without feeling exhausted. Which, honestly, 6 hours of sleep isn’t something I’d recommend, I’m working on going to bed earlier and sleeping more myself.
I started craving green smoothies in the afternoon. Can I only say: It’s 2pm. That’s the time I’d want to take a nap, but would usually eat some chocolate bar instead. Sometimes pizza. Now – it’s green smoothies. I am obsessed with them at that time of the day. And this is probably the biggest benefit of this challenge – because it’s long-term and it has influenced bad behaviors I had before. Like drinking coffee after 3pm. Now I seriously crave the smoothie, I sound annoying and I know it.
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And I started craving salads.
I could work better than after having a coffee. So something I’ve observed about my relationship with coffee is that it doesn’t really wake me up or make me more alert. In fact the way it makes me feel is nervous and scattered. Something you don’t really need when you’re sitting down to work. The green smoothie though – my thought is clear, I’m able to focus and don’t feel nervous, but more present (I guess focused is the same thing). Hard to describe, but it helps me work quicker and better.
I learned how to make green smoothies I actually like. What I like might not be something you like, but this is what I found out. I need less banana, less water/fluid and for sure frozen fruit that isn’t overly sweet (so berries, apple, kiwi). Also nut butters in smoothies – not a fan. A tsp of ginger? It’s a good addition. But could also do without it.
I would daydream about them. You know when you’re sitting at your desk and dreaming of all the things you’re going to eat for lunch or dinner? In the past that happened to me especially during meetings. Yeah, usually I dream about cupcakes. Now somehow those green smoothies smuggled themselves into my dreams. Damn it.
I’m not sure whether this happened…
I don’t know if my skin actually improved because I never really had skin problems. However, I like to believe I look less tired. Maybe my skin isn’t really glowing, whatever that means, but it’s definitely more hydrated.
I don’t think I’ve lost weight. I didn’t weigh myself prior or after this challenge, because it’s not something I do, but I haven’t noticed any change in how my clothes fit. That’s something I expected, because other than the green smoothie – I hadn’t changed anything about my diet at that point.
The best part about this little challenge is what happened after.
It’s been 2 weeks since the end of the smoothie challenge and now I have a green smoothie every day. Without making myself crazy, putting pressure on myself and feeling bad I didn’t actually eat anything with fresh fruits and vegetables today.
That smoothie is a part of my day now. It’s become something I just do. Without even thinking about it or going into a lot of drama of preparation and what’s healthy, what’s not. I’ve hoped so much for this to happen, you have no idea.
Mostly, as I mentioned, I have my green smoothie in the afternoon – I’m not that brave to start my morning with a green smoothie yet – I need something warm with breakfast.
Overall I feel really good about this challenge. It helped me change something I’ve been struggling for over a year now (eating enough fruits and vegetables). Believe it or not that past year, there were days I didn’t eat ANY. And I mean – not even tomato sauce or ketchup (I hate ketchup!).
Join The Smoothie Challenge
Anyway, if you also want to do a 1-week green smoothie (or any smoothie) challenge to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet and to feel better – I put up another blog post earlier about that. I talk about how to prepare for the challenge + some smoothie recipes, make sure to check it out!
You can keep carbs low and still get tons of inflammation-fighting goodies with this smoothie.
About Megan Patiry
Megan is an inquisitive nutrition and wellness writer harboring an editorial love affair with the decadent and the nutritious. She is a dedicated researcher in all areas of ancestral health, a certified specialist in fitness nutrition, personal trainer, and professional almond milk latte addict.
After drinking the KING Coffee for one month, I knew I had to become an educator and distributor, so here we are. Eeek! Are you ready to learn all about the magic that is Reishi?!
WAIT, ONE MORE THING:
I know I talk about how caffeine is no bueno for hormones. I know I have caffeine-free latte recipes on this blog. I know I talk about it constantly and this might seem counterproductive. I know! BUT, reishi is an adaptogen and these reishi spores in particular cancel out the negative effects of caffeine, meaning no blood sugar spike, no cortisol spike, no jitters, no anxiety, no sleep disruption, no headache and no dehydration. Just a calm, focused and steady energy with no crash. I know. It sounds to good to be true and if it was, I wouldn’t be sharing it. This stuff is LEGIT. If coffee isn’t your thing they also have hot chocolate (not vegan though) or tea BUT only the KING Coffee (and the spore powder) have the actual spores, which is the most beneficial part for healing the body and bringing it back into homeostasis. Also, the only coffee that is organic is KING coffee.
What is Ganoderma (Reishi)?
Ganoderma Lucidum is the scientific name for Reishi Mushroom, the powerhouse of all medicinal and adaptogenic mushrooms. For thousands of years, Ganoderma Lucidum has been used by practitioners of traditional Asian medicine as the highest rank of all herbs found in the Chinese pharmacopeia. Ganoderma gives your body what it needs and offers body intelligence, bringing it back into balance the way it was intended to function. If you need energy it will give you an energy boost. If you have anxiety it will calm your nerves. It does something different for everyone because we all need different things at different times in our lives. The benefits range from more restful sleep to fighting cancer. I know!
Organo is the only North American company that has partnered with the largest certified organic Ganoderma plantation in the world to bring this treasure of life to the Western world. In 2009, Organo and its partners celebrated the groundbreaking of their $240 million Gano Herb industrial park, the largest of its kind in the world. The Organo mushrooms are grown in the beautiful Wagyu Mountains in Asia, not in a lab and not in plastic bags (as some other companies do).
The Many Healing Benefits of Ganoderma (Reishi) Mushroom:
There are thousands of published articles on the benefits of Ganoderma. Research has shown an array of benefits with no known contraindications or drug interactions. There is no known toxicity levels of Ganoderma meaning you can take as much as you want…. like bottles worth and nothing bad will happen! In fact, you may heal even faster haha. (There are testimonies of people doing this).
Some documented benefits include:
- Detoxification (mold, lyme, parasites, candida, viruses, heavy metals)
- Reduced inflammation (Rheumatoid Arthritis, ulcerative colitis, IBS)
- Balanced immune function and modulation (autoimmunity, illness, disease, HIV, HPV, Cancer, Tumors)
- Reversal of amyloid plaques on the brain (alzheimer’s dementia, parkinsons disease)
- Increase in GABA (improved adrenal fatigue and cortisol levels, better sleep)
- Supports mitochondria and cell energy
- Protects from WIFI
- Hormone Supportive
- Cortisol and Blood Sugar Balance (diabetes, stress, anxiety)
- Regulates pH in the body
- PCOS – helps regulate blood sugar, insulin resistance, anti-androgenic
These infographics have more details on the different types of mushrooms, which products contain each, and their benefits!
Why add Reishi to Coffee?
Because you will never forget to drink your morning cup. Sometimes we forget to take our supplements… but we never forget about our coffee. Coffee is the most consumed liquid on the planet. In fact, it has the highest compliance rate of any substance. Nobody has to remind you to consume it! It only makes sense to add the world?s most researched herb to the most consumed liquid. If coffee is not your thing, remember they have the spore capsules. There is something for everyone.
DO NOT ORDER FROM AMAZON – PRODUCTS ARE EXPIRED AND/OR COUNTERFEIT AND PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN SICK.
How Did I Start with the products?
I bought a box of king coffee retail to try it first before becoming a distributor. I fell in love and knew I wanted the discounted pricing and wanted to put the king coffee on autoship so I never run out!
Who would benefit from an Organo wholesale account?
If you love these amazing products and would like 33% off retail pricing as a consumer, if you have an interest in growing an at-home business (you can be on my team!), or if you are a practitioner looking to offer the highest of quality medicinal mushrooms to your clients, you would benefit from a wholesale account. Click here to sign up with me.
How does it work?
The wholesale account (which is also utilized by distributors) is $49.95/year. You will receive products at wholesale cost anytime throughout the year, with no minimum requirements, no autoships, and no obligation to distribute unless you choose to do so. With the account set up you also receive a Starter Kit (promo pack) that contains various Organo™ product samples to try, including multiple types of coffees and even hot chocolate (kid friendly)!
How do I get started?
- To set up your wholesale account:?Click here.
- Click ‘Join Now’, then click ?Distribution Partner Sign Up? (again, this is wholesale, but with an option to distribute if you choose – no pressure to sell!).
- Click the the English ‘Starter Kit’ $49.95 to your order.
- Then add any other packs or additional items to your order that you would like shipped to you immediately at the bottom of the page
- Select ‘Autoship Selection’.
- Here you can choose to have items placed on autoship, or simply select ‘Skip Autoship’.
- Complete your personal information and select a username/password.
- Your ‘business site address’ is your affiliate URL. For example mine is theglowingfridge.
- Select ‘Payment Info’. Make sure your billing address matches your card exactly!
- Complete your purchase and sign up!
- If you would like to distribute or have questions, please contact me and we can chat further about your opportunities! If you need help with your account, the customer service number is 877-674-2661.
- My Distributor number if you need it for reference is 10002280904.
Why is KING coffee more expensive?
For one, the KING coffee is organic. It also contains a therapeutic dose of reishi spores (17-80x potency of lucidum (Reishi) mushroom). The outer cracked shell of the reishi mushroom takes 5-7 months to harvest. It takes 2,000 lb of spore powder to make 2 lb of Spore capsules. This spore powder is infused into the king coffee.
What is the difference between the black coffee and the KING coffee? What about the other coffee products?
The Black coffee is a darker roast and contains organic reishi fruiting body powder (ganoderma lucidum). If you want a more affordable cup of coffee and want to promote healthier detoxification, this is your go-to sachet. The Black coffee is not organic but the mushrooms are.
The KING coffee is organic and contains organic reishi spores. This is their top shelf product. The best of the best. It has a delicious premium coffee taste. I do not taste the mushrooms at all!
Most of the other coffee coffee products are not vegan. They also do not contain the spores. I will only drink the King Coffee!
I want to learn more! How?
There are educational facebook groups with videos, testimonials and more posted by health professionals, customers and doctors. I HIGHLY recommend listening to this podcast episode for allllll the good details about reishi spores from an integrative practitioner!!
Please contact me if you want to be added to the group to read the testimonies!
Shroom Tea Benefits
Another downside to chewing and swallowing dried mushrooms is the taste. To many, it’s not the most pleasant experience in the world and it can be hard to get down without gagging. But to side step this, many folks make their shrooms into a tea and add other tea bags to mask the earthy mushroom taste.
While I recommend adding ginger and honey for taste and digestion in Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion, many of my survey participants are taking mushroom tea fusions to new flavorful levels by adding things like hibiscus and licorice root. Popular household favorites also include green or chamomile tea bags, and many folks reported adding lemon, lemon peel, a splash of orange juice, or other citrus for both the taste and the extra kick. A 65-year-old who filled out the survey and has taken mushroom tea “hundreds of times” reported they mix mushrooms with “Berry Red Zinger” tea bags and “never had anyone dislike the taste.”
Aside from making shrooms easier to digest, many of my survey participants reported they also enjoy the ritual of making their mushrooms into a tea. The process of breaking up their shrooms and brewing them has become its own ceremony to many, one that helps them prepare their mindset and set intention for the upcoming journey.
“Preparing something to drink is a ritual. Any technique that requires just a little bit of attention to a few variables focuses one’s awareness,” explained a 32-year-old who’s had mushroom tea around 20 times. “It’s part of a process of creating a space for an experience… [and can function] as a grounding exercise to allow the person to ‘be in the now’ for the duration of their drink.”
Is there another reason to avoid coffee?
Unfortunately, yes. Caffeine, which is contained in varying amounts in coffee, can be a problematic chemical for some people — especially when it causes a dependence and inches us towards adrenal fatigue. Although caffeine gives us energy or provides a “pick me up” when we need it, often it ends up causing more harm than good. Ask me how I know… my former career as a barista in Seattle might offer some clues ).
Beyond the negative impact caffeine has on our adrenals, it also acts as an immune stimulant, having the potential to cause autoimmune flares in some folks. Because of this, I think it is wise to consider eliminating caffeine in addition to coffee, at least for a trial period, to see how your body fares without it (you can read more from me on this topic in Kicking the Coffee Habit).
1. I felt more calm and focused.
I credit reishi with regulating my mood and helping me relax at the end of a day. Reishi (known in Chinese medicine as the "queen healer") is especially beneficial for women. It is relaxing, strengthens the metabolism and immune system, and is thought to have spiritual powers often associated with a feminine quality. Not to mention, reishi is adaptogenic and thus has the ability to balance hormones and prevent signs of aging. I started out with Four Sigmatic's Reishi Cacao Elixir and later experimented with Sun Potion's individual powders. Because of its mild, almost milky flavor, reishi can easily be blended with coffee, tea, matcha, milk, or water. I add some into my tea in the morning or blend with matcha to set myself up for a good mood. In the evening, I have gotten into the habit of making a reishi tonic with hot water, almond milk, and tocos to end the night on a peaceful note. My roommates and boyfriend are all obsessed now too!
• Lasting, level, jitter-free energy:
According to Matheny, "The caffeine is released more slowly because fat slows down digestion," says Matheny. So fatty coffee means a "slower release [of caffeine], less intense energy spike, and longer-duration energy."
• Satiety and a suppressed appetite:
"Taking in a fatty meal in the morning is definitely going to make you fuller quicker," says Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, D.O., associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. And because the fat slows down gastric motility (aka filling and, ahem, emptying of the digestive system), you feel fuller for longer.
That said, Brian St. Pierre, registered dietitian and director of performance nutrition at Precision Nutrition, points out that butter coffee's effect on satiety has yet to be proven: Only 1 in 14 studies on medium-chain triglycerides (aka MCT oil) found that it had a positive effect on satiety.
• Alertness/mental boost:
St. Pierre and Ganjhu explained that the way MCT oil is processed by the body could make you feel an energy boost more quickly. Basically, it bypasses the normal multi-step digestion process and is transported directly to the liver, where it is converted into energy. So our body's response to MCT oil is closer (in how we feel its effects) to medication and alcohol than to other foods, says St. Pierre. Perhaps for some people (like me), the combination of quick-hitting caffeine and long-lasting energy translates to enhanced alertness and performance.
• I didn't track this, but I know people are interested: enhanced calorie-burning and weight loss:
If butter coffee is enhancing your satiety to the point that you're eating fewer calories overall, well, then you will lose weight.
But as far as MCT oil directly impacting weight loss, the effect may be minimal, says St. Pierre. He cited a 2012 review of the MCT oil literature which found six studies that showed weight loss in participants. However, the review concluded that further controlled studies with standardized amounts of MCT were needed before any legit claims could be made about its impact on weight loss.
Mushroom coffee while pregnant
I’m 19 weeks and have been drinking four sigmatic instant mushroom coffee since about week 13 or 14. The ingredients include Chaga, lions mane and rhodiola. I don’t know why I didn’t think to check on the safety of the ingredients until now- and now I’m worried. Kicking myself so hard right now. Did anyone ingest any of these mushrooms while pregnant and things turn out ok? Obviously stopping drinking it today
Definitely a question for the OB!
Yes, they may need to monitor baby more closely or do extra ultrasounds.
I ate wild mushrooms at 4/5 weeks pregnant, I believe lobster mushrooms. I didn’t know I was pregnant, and had been TtC for a year. Had a positive test the next day. It’s a grey area mushroom. My OB wasn’t super concerned.
My daughter is mostly typical, she’s cognitively on-track and can comprehend. But, is behind and has oral-motor speech delay. As well as some potential autism signs. Was it the mushrooms? Was it just random?
So while everything is -probably- fine everyone can’t tell you it’s completely fine.
With my second I ate cured meats/ nitrates without realizing I shouldn’t. And she’s developmentally advanced and as no issues.