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Reishi Mushrooms: A Surprising Ingredient that Promotes Liver Detox

Reishi Mushrooms: A Surprising Ingredient that Promotes Liver Detox

If you're tired and stressed, it may be time to explore the benefits of reishi mushrooms.

Have you been eating a little more processed food than you should be (hello, Halloween candy and holiday sugar cookies)? Have you been drinking more than your healthy glass of red wine? Have you been delaying that body detox you said you wanted?

You’re not the only one.

However, all that sweet holiday indulgence is probably what’s making you tired and stressed. In fact:

It might be your liver.

Yes, your liver. It’s the organ responsible for daily body detox, but it can't do its job without your support.

Fatigue is the most common symptom in people with liver issues!

Research shows that tiredness or fatigue, that usually leads to testy temper and stress, is the single most common symptom shared by individuals affected by various liver illnesses.

And that’s no way to live.

All that extra ‘comfort’ food and alcohol may feel good momentarily, but have likely left your liver overtaxed and screaming for some support (i.e.: that tiredness that won’t go away, even with sleep.) The good news is that you can help your liver feel better and do its job with nutrition!

Support your liver with plant power - i.e.: reishi mushrooms

If you’re here, you’re probably looking into reishi mushroom benefits. Perhaps you’ve heard that they’re good for body detox and you want to know what all the fuss is about. Yes? Then read on because we got you.

First things first: you can’t support body detox if you don’t know how your liver works.

What is your liver anyway? Why is it so important? How healthy is it? And how are the benefits of reishi mushrooms connected to it?

All good questions, all answered in minutes in this handy post (bookmark for reference!)

Body Detox 101: What is the liver? How do I know if it’s healthy?

Your liver is the second largest organ in your body. It is shaped like a football, about the size of a golf ball, weighs about 3 pounds, and it sits just under your rib cage on the right side of your abdomen. It's responsible for digesting food and body detox by getting rid of toxic substances in your body.

You’ve probably seen it on Gray’s Anatomy. (No, just me? OK then.)

The liver has a critical role in both nourishment and cleansing; it takes the nutrients in our diets and converts them into substances the body needs and can easily use. Additionally, it takes toxins and turns them into harmless substances or eliminates them so they can’t hurt you.

Unfortunately, a growing number of people are dealing with liver problems because modern diets overstuff livers with more fat, sugar, and toxins than it is designed to handle.

That’s where the health benefits of reishi mushrooms and other natural body detox aids come in: they help your liver perform its regular detoxification functions more efficiently.

How to Know if You Have a Healthy Liver

Your liver can generally work very well and like most good things in our lives, you likely don’t notice it when it’s running smoothly:

Healthy Livers:

  • Filter blood
  • Detoxify chemicals
  • Metabolize drugs
  • Produce blood clotting proteins
  • Reserve important vitamins
  • Break down fats and produce energy

Unhealthy Livers:

  • Fail to produce energy
  • Bloat you (leg and ankle swelling)
  • Produce yellowish skin and eyes
  • Manifest abdominal pain and swelling
  • Expose spider-like blood vessels
  • Make your skin feel itchy
  • Produce dark urine
  • Eliminate poorly (pale, bloody or tar-colored stool)
  • Give you Chronic Fatigue
  • Make you feel nauseous or even vomit
  • Result in the loss of appetite
  • Lead to a tendency to bruise easily

If you have some or all of the unhealthy liver symptoms above you may need to consult a doctor.

Liver disease is no joke.

Why You Need to Care for Your Liver:

31,000 people die from liver disease each year in the United States alone. But death is only the end result. Many more people have some form of liver disease, possibly without even realizing it -at least 30 million people in the U.S. are dealing with some form of liver disease.

That's one in every ten Americans.

Over 1 million are affected by Hepatitis B. 4 million are experiencing Hepatitis C, a form of Hepatitis that - unlike A and B - cannot be prevented by vaccines. Moreover, 21,000 Americans have primary liver cancer.

Liver issues are far from rare, so preventative care is important!

But I am not an alcoholic, I hear you say.

It may come as surprise to you, but liver problems don't only affect those who drink in excess. There are multiple factors and habits that can damage your liver:

  • Chronic viral hepatitis
  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Bile Duct Disease
  • Genetic diseases like Wilson disease, hemochromatosis, glycogen storage diseases, Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, and autoimmune hepatitis
  • Toxic lifestyle and unhealthy diet heavy on sugars and fat

Your liver is a detoxifying organ, but it doesn't have unlimited superpowers.

When humans were designed, body detox was easy; there were only limited amounts of harsh substances the liver had to work through, but that is not the case today. Toxins are everywhere: your environment, food, beauty products, and even mindset.

Processed foods and sugars are especially problematic, as they can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. A 2017 study linked the Western Diet (filled with processed foods) to liver disease and liver problems.

This is all too much for your liver to handle body detox adequately, making you tired, stressed and over time potentially ill.

Protect Your Liver and Prevent Diseases with Nutrition (and Many Reishi Mushroom Benefits)

Eating a liver-friendly diet is the easiest way to protect your liver, helping prevent liver diseases including cancer.

Some foods are more liver-friendly than others, this is a short list of some science-based favorites:

  • Blueberries and Cranberries: may help antioxidant enzyme production.
  • Cruciferous Vegetables: foods like Brussel Sprouts and broccoli help improve liver function.
  • Green Tea: research shows it supports body detox and liver health.
  • Grapefruit: has antioxidants that protect and may help heal the liver.
  • Reishi Mushrooms: the surprising ingredient that promotes liver and body detox. Studies show it may have hepatoprotective effects in liver injury.

Reishi Mushroom Benefits

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The health benefits of reishi mushrooms are many and varied, but they are relatively new to western medicine. Chinese medicine records hundreds of years of its medicinal use.


According to eastern medicine, reishi mushroom benefits the patient balancing their energy on an emotional and spiritual level, and physically with and antioxidants that lead to longevity.


Today we know reishi mushrooms boost the immune system, fights fatigue, and may also help fight cancer with their antioxidant properties.

REISHI MUSHROOMS IMPROVE LIVER FUNCTION

Aside from traditional use and anecdotal evidence, there are scientific findings suggesting that reishi mushroom benefits the liver in its body detox functions, while also aiding in healing:

  • According to a 2002 and a 2013 study, Reishi Mushroom benefits chemically injured livers in mice.
  • A 2002 study found that reishi mushroom benefits livers with chronic hepatitis.
  • A 2013 study also supported the evidence that Reishi fights harmful immune responses that can slow down liver function.

REISHI MUSHROOMS IMPROVE LIVER DETOXIFICATION

Adaptogenic plants and mushrooms like Reishi improve immunity and make it easier for the body to flush out excess waste and toxins. Reishi mushroom benefits include powerful antioxidants which can help restore liver function in those with acute liver injury.

An injured liver is unable to adequately flush out toxins, so reishi mushrooms can help body detox restoring its healthy capacities.

OTHER REISHI MUSHROOM BENEFITS

  • Reishi may protect against cancer: studies show that reishi mushroom benefits antitumoral proliferation, which is very promising for cancer treatment in the future. Additionally, a report from breast cancer survivors from China found that over 50% of the breast cancer survivors had consumed reishi, evidencing that reishi mushroom benefits also help people recover from aggressive forms of cancer.
  • Reishi mushroom benefits your energy levels, decreasing fatigue helping bot the liver perform body detox and aiding in hormonal balance.
  • May support your digestion by improving your gut health, the reishi mushroom benefits don’t stop, won’t stop.

Isn’t nature incredible? Reishi mushroom benefits overall health cleansing blood, getting rid of free radicals that can damage healthy cells and helping your liver eliminate toxins and waste.

Knowing all the fantastic reishi mushroom benefits for improved health and body detox, we made sure to add this necessary ingredient to our Red Juice, which not only has reishi mushroom as the kicker ingredient but also has blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries (among others!) to exponentially boost your immune function with antioxidants that taste good.

You see, reishi mushrooms can be a bit woody and bitter in meals, which is why the best way to consume them for their medicinal powers is in extract form.

Liver and Body Detox Made Easy with Red Juice

Did you know that Organifi Gold and Red Juice are both made with the reishi mushrooms?

They’re both equally flavorful and carefully crafted to match and supercharge your immune system needs.

With Red Juice, you get the reishi mushroom benefits plus eight other superfoods, in the tastiest and most energizing day drink. No artificial flavors, no added sugar, no processed junk food you don’t need, just a sweet cup of nature’s best magic to make your day better and get that liver and body detox going.

The best part is that you can satisfy your sweet tooth cravings without having to succumb to the comfort foods that brought you here in the first place!  Red Juice feels like a yummy treat while its cousin Gold makes you feel warming and cozy (while also getting the same reishi mushroom benefits!)

You can protect your liver with those reishi mushroom benefits, plus the ones other amazing superfoods have, without sacrificing your time, taste or comfort.

We’re RSVPing YES!

Bottom line:

Your liver is one of your most important organs; it is responsible for body detox and regulation. It can become compromised when it's overdosed with processed foods, processed sugars, alcohol, and environmental toxins.

Knowing the dangers of liver disease (and how pervasive it is) it’s important to avoid food-induced liver injury, by eating a healthy, whole-foods, organic diet.

Adding Reishi mushrooms to your daily diet can boost your liver health exponentially. The smartest, most economical, and delicious way to add reishi mushroom benefits to your routine is by consuming an extract. Organifi’s Gold and Red Juice provide an adequate dose of reishi mushroom benefits in powerful plant-based drinks rich in superfoods that boost your health, promote body detox and help protect your liver.

What are you waiting for? Order your Organifi Gold and Red today! Please, don't forget to share your results. We would love to hear your success stories.

And remember, we're in this together.

Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.

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