We Believe in the Magic of Mushrooms!

We Believe in the Magic of Mushrooms!

Mushrooms are taking over as a superfood and super health option available in many new and unique forms. A quick online search will lead you to gummy mushroom supplements, mushroom protein powders, and even mushroom coffee replacements, just to name a few. Gone are the days where you could only find them on pizza, steak, and mixed into pastas!

But even before this mushroom renaissance, they have been a part of medicinal and wellness practices across cultures for thousands of years. 

And with more modern research being completed to understand the fantastic world of fungi, mushrooms have demonstrated many health promoting qualities. 

They’ve been found to contain:  

  • Properties that may help prevent certain diseases
  • High levels of vitamins and minerals, including energy-enhancing B vitamins, vegetarian vitamin D, iron, copper, and selenium
  • Antioxidants which help to combat free radical damage in the body
  • Polysaccharides which have antiviral, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Beta glucans and immunity boosting complexes

To help you find the best mushroom products for your unique lifestyle and wellness goals, our Lazy Acres Wellness Experts have put together a list of their favorites to help you navigate the fantastic world of fungi.  

our wellness Experts’ Favorite mushrooms

Reishi
Known as the queen of the mushroom world, reishi mushrooms have been shown to contain properties that may soothe and calm the nervous system. Rich in immune-modulating compounds called beta-glucans that help boost the immune system or dial it down as needed, reishi mushrooms have also been shown to have properties that may help prevent certain diseases, protect the liver, and help balance blood sugar.

Chaga
If reishi mushrooms are queen, then chaga mushrooms are king of the fungi. Like reishi, chaga mushrooms are believed to offer powerful immune-boosting and antioxidant properties. They’ve also been shown to contain betulin and betulinic acid, which studies show to be powerful disease-fighting compounds.

Lion’s Mane
If you’re looking for a brain boost, studies suggest that Lion’s Mane may support the nervous system and cognitive health. Lion’s Mane has also been shown to help stimulate memory and positively impact damaged nerves.

Cordyceps
Cordyceps have been shown to help reduce fatigue and boost energy levels and were used as a performance enhancing supplement by swimmers and runners in the 80s and 90s. They’ve been studied for their anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial effects.

Turkey Tail
Containing prebiotic properties when consumed as a food source, turkey tail has been shown to improve the balance of helpful bacteria in our gut, supporting our overall digestive health.

If you’ve been curious about trying out some of the most current and exciting mushroom-based health and wellness products available, our experts are here to make it as easy as possible for you to find just what you need!

Stop by one of our stores and explore! From mushroom powders and liquid extracts that go great in shakes, smoothies, or coffee to culinary mushrooms like shiitake and portobello, there are countless ways to enjoy their wonderful health promoting properties. 

As we all take steps to improve our health and to live well, we inspire others and give them permission to do the same. Living Healthy improves our lives on a micro level and also helps us begin to contribute to the improvement of our environment, our communities, and our world in ways we can’t always imagine.

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Happy Kids

Parents want to raise happy and healthy kids.  

We love our children with all of our hearts, and we want to give them the absolute best.  

But how exactly can we do that?

The old joke is true – there is no parenting manual.  

And while there are hundreds of thousands of parenting books, resources, and experts, in reality sorting through so much information can be overwhelming.  

As families prepare to head back to school, happiness and health are top of mind!

Many experts agree that we can increase wellbeing in our families by focusing on two areas: lifestyle practices and nutrition & supplements.  

Lifestyle Practices

Routine
A routine offers children an organized, and predictable environment, which can make them feel grounded, secure, and safe. As children grow and experience life’s constant changes, having a routine can offer an anchor to sense consistency and of belonging to a family. The key to a successful routine is consistency – choose a simple routine that you and your kid enjoy and stick to it!

Activity
Allowing time for children to run around outside, climb trees, explore, go for a swim or a hike, or even dig dirt can boost their mood. Being active and physical also helps reduce anxiety & stress, increases attention capacity and creativity, and increases your child’s ability to connect with others.  

Gratitude
Saying “thank you” is a sign of having good manners, but genuinely feeling gratitude is far more meaningful and beneficial to our happiness. Increasing gratitude can be done with something as simple as asking your kids to share one thing that they are grateful for at dinner time.  

Love
No child can truly be happy and healthy without plenty of hugs, kisses, and laughter. Creating a safe environment where kids can feel and express love is key to developing kind, generous, confident, and healthy children. Be sure to include “cuddle” or “affection” time into your daily routines – you’ll enjoy the positive outcome just as much as your kids will!  

Nutrition & Supplements

Every body, but especially a child’s growing body, requires a variety of vitamins and minerals to be optimally healthy and happy.

 Ideally, kids should receive all their necessary nutrients from eating a plethora of fruits, veggies, grains, and proteins. However, as every parent knows, that’s easier said than done. Some kids eat very little while others pick and choose. And others passionately avoid entire food groups like veggies or meats.  

To help fill in the nutritional gaps your child might have, it’s important to note what foods are missing from your child’s diet… and which nutrients they may be lacking because of it.

If your child is not eating their veggies no matter how hard you try, they may need extra fiber, magnesium, and calcium. Or if they follow a plant-based diet, they might need additional vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, and zinc.

Most children can also benefit from:  

  • A whole food multivitamin to fill in overall nutritional gaps
  • Fish oil or Algae Omega 3 to promote brain development
  • Probiotics to support their immune and digestive system 

As we all take steps to improve our health and to live well, we inspire others and give them permission to do the same. Living Healthy improves our lives on a micro level and also helps us begin to contribute to the improvement of our environment, our communities, and our world in ways we can’t always imagine.

Are you looking for some lunch box inspo to help ease the transition from packing for beach days to prepping school backpacks?

Our Lazy Acres Market Resident Chef Isabelle has created 3 delicious bento boxes with “happy” and “healthy” in mind!

Click here for recipes to keep your kiddos healthy and fueled for their day.

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Your Regenerative Agriculture Crash Course

Sometimes you hear a statistic and think, “that doesn’t sound like it could be true.” But, as the world shifted to industrial farming methods, in the last century, we have depleted HALF the world’s topsoil.

And some scientists predict that if we don’t change something soon, the earth will become critically short of fertile land within 60 years.

But all hope isn’t lost – there are things we can all do to help create a positive impact and change here.

Simply improving how food is produced can go a long way toward the solution. That’s where Regenerative Agriculture comes in: farmers and scientists alike are finding that improving soil health has lasting impacts on every level of the ecosystem and that sustainable farming might be one of the best ways to combat soil erosion, biodiversity loss, and even climate change.

Which is why regenerative agriculture is disrupting the industrial food system and improving soil fertility, one farm field at a time.

Let’s talk more about regenerative agriculture, and how it is different than other sustainable farming techniques.

What is Regenerative Agriculture?

  • Sometimes referred to as carbon farming, regenerative agriculture is a farming philosophy that focuses on restoring soil health and sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  • ‘Regenerative’ refers to any process that naturally improves or restores the system that it’s part of, rather than harming it. The phrase ‘regenerative agriculture’ was first used by the American farming nonprofit the Rodale Institute in 1980 as a way to define their soil health-focused sustainable farming practices.
  • Regenerative farming works to rebuild depleted soil by restoring its nutrient levels so that it can grow better crops. Regenerative farmers also strive to reduce erosion, improve their soil’s capacity to hold onto water, promote biodiversity, and produce more food in smaller spaces.
  • The principles of regenerative agriculture are designed to create a system of mutually beneficial relationships where outputs become inputs, waste is minimized, and resources are reused as much as possible.

How Does Regenerative Agriculture Work?

When farmland becomes overused or eroded, it loses most of its carbon content. To combat this, regenerative agriculture restores soil to its naturally robust, carbon-rich state. One fundamental principle is that land should be tilled as little as possible, which allows it to regain fertility through biological methods like cover crops, compost, and managed animal grazing.

Adding organic material to farmland has other benefits, as this healthy soil becomes a carbon sink. This means that the ground holds more carbon than it releases, leading to a net loss of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. These low-tech, low-cost techniques can be implemented on all farms, and they are especially suited for small farms.

The following farm practices (and many others) are considered regenerative:

  • Minimal Tilling or No Tilling: Plowing up the soil each season wrecks the structure of the communities that live within it, and it contributes to soil erosion CO2 emissions. In contrast, no-till farming enhances the soil structure by preventing it from compacting and improving water infiltration and retention rates.
  • Intensively Managing Animal Grazing Systems: Contrary to what you might think, well-managed grazing systems can improve pastures. Letting cattle, goats, and other livestock graze appropriately will stimulate better plant growth, increase forage biodiversity, and even contribute to natural fertility through manure. Not only does this create a healthier pasture, but the benefits get passed on to the animal and the consumer, too.
  • Naturally Increasing Soil Fertility: Artificial fertilizers make plants less resilient to the unique threats in their environment, causing them to grow vulnerable. In contrast, cover crops, crop rotations, natural compost, and animal manure can improve the functionality of the soil microbiome while allowing the plants to grow more robust.

Regenerative Agriculture appears to be hugely impactful solution to combat climate change and improve the quality of our food system.

Regenerative, Organic, and Biodynamic

At first glance, the principles of regenerative agriculture sound similar to organic farming. However, there are some critical differences between them.

According to current USDA organic certification standards, organic certification is defined more by what can’t be done to farm fields, like not using chemical fertilizers or pesticides. However, an absence of toxic chemicals doesn’t necessarily mean that the land is being improved.

In contrast, regenerative farming focuses on techniques that directly improve soil health. It is a dynamic and holistic approach to food production that integrates the principles of organic agriculture with conservation tillage, crop rotation and cover crops, and other sustainable strategies. This makes regenerative farming similar in scope to biodynamic, though biodynamic agriculture has a long history and more certification standards in place.

Regenerative agriculture sets the bar higher for food production than organic certification, as it demands that farm practices not only refrain from damaging the planet but also improve it in the process.

Ways to Support Regenerative Farmers

As the regenerative agriculture movement continues to grow, it’s essential to support these pioneering farmers by purchasing these products.

Spending just a few dollars a month towards climate-friendly foods will make a difference for what shows up on store shelves, ensuring that regenerative products will slowly become more available.

Some of our favorite regenerative-focused brands include:

  • Ancient Nutrition
  • New Chapter
  • Megafood
  • Natural Factors
  • Himalaya
  • Organic India
  • Herb Pharm
  • Mercola
  • Traditional Medicinals
  • Dr. Bronner’s (Soap & Chocolate)

At Lazy Acres, we believe in Living Healthy, because it improves our lives on a micro level and also helps us begin to contribute to the improvement of our environment, our communities, and our world in ways we can’t always imagine.

Visit your local Lazy Acres to discover solutions to Live Healthy and make 2022 YOUR year to Live Well.

 

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