Do You Know the King of Herbs?

I recently found out about a species of red mushroom the Chinese call lingzhi (Japanese reishi, the King of Herbs). Now if you know the Chinese at all, you know they don’t play when it comes to herbal medicine. So when I heard of ganoderma lucidum, the herb crowned king, my interest was piqued. In the olden days, this herb was reserved only for the Chinese royal family, and I wanted to find out what made it so special.

I became even more curious – and more skeptical – when I heard several stories of how this herb had brought health and vitality to many people, correcting ailments from insomnia and constipation, to hormonal imbalance and ulcer. I couldn’t help recalling those people who peddle suspicious-looking medicines in danfo buses, claiming that their one medicine cures ten different ailments. Yeah, right.

I decided to take time out and research ganoderma lucidum, and what I found was astonishing. I wondered, why isn’t everyone talking about this? You can Google it yourself, but here are just a few benefits I found in the course of my research:

  • Immune system regulation
  • Stress reduction
  • Blood pressure regulation
  • Good sleep
  • Libido improvement
  • Hormonal balance
  • Liver protection and regeneration
  • Male and female fertility booster
  • Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) relief
  • Cholesterol regulation
  • Heart protection
  • Storehouse of a whopping 400 nutrients

 

How come this one herb does all this, and more? It maximizes your body’s natural ability to heal and rejuvenate itself, simple.

Whatever part of your body isn’t functioning optimally, whatever organ is sleeping on the job, ganoderma lucidum wakes it up and helps it function as it was created to function. I picture it going around the body clapping, “Okay everybody, wake up and do your work!” It finally made sense why it does one thing for one person, and another thing for another person. I finally understood the point of 2000 years of documented use in herbal medicine.

Thanks to advancement in science, this herb can now be found in capsule form as a supplement. However, I’m not one for swallowing pills. I prefer drinking a tea or other beverage infused with ganoderma lucidum – brilliant idea, by the way – *since I usually have a hot cup of something or the other every day anyway.

I’m totally in awe of the Creator and the wonderful things He made, just for our wellbeing. The earth is truly God’s, and the fullness thereof. He uses the least likely to do the most mighty. How else could a little mushroom be king?

 

*I first published this in July 2017 on ConnectNigeria.com. I am now a distributor. If you’d like to try ganoderma-infused coffee, tea or hot cocoa, please select your country at the top right corner HERE and give yourself the gift of health!

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Jaggery: A Substitute for Refined Sugar You Should Try

Sometime last year in one of my WhatsApp chat groups, we were discussing healthy living and the refined sugar issue came up.

By this time I, like many others, had been coming up with different ways around it: using brown sugar, switching to honey, squeezing lime and lemon for tea, and even taking our cereals without any sweeteners whatsoever.

In the course of our discussion, a lady mentioned jaggery, made from sugar cane too (and less commonly, date palm and coconut sap). None of us had ever heard of it, but since she runs a healthy living support business, we all listened. Continue reading.

The Most Realistic Weight Loss Advice I’ve Ever Heard

You know that if you’re serious about losing weight, sugary drinks are a no-no; water should be your beverage of choice. You’re aware that lifestyle changes trump “dieting”, that you need lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet, and that you can’t lose tummy fat alone without losing weight all round.

However, there is one little piece of advice upon which the rest of weight loss hangs. A tiny truth which, if ignored, makes nonsense of all the exercising, intermittent fasting, and dieting in the world. See it HERE.

Are You Helping or Hurting Your Heart?

The heart is the body’s most important organ. When the heart stops… it’s over.

An extremely hard worker, the heart pumps about 23, 000 liters of blood around the body, and beats an estimated 100, 000 times each day- no breaks or vacations!

As such, we should be doing everything in our power to help our hearts do their job, instead of making it more difficult with poor habits and lifestyles.

Here are a few things you should know about your heart.