How many people do you know who can't function until they've had their first cup of coffee in the morning? The number is pretty high—in fact, you might be one of them. Caffeine gives you a productive jolt so you can power through the day, despite how many hours of sleep you logged the night before (plus, a recent study says that drinking coffee may help you live longer).
Although consuming a few cups of coffee a day is usually thought to be beneficial, the caffeine in the drink actually backfires on some people, Brit +Co. reports. Thankfully, a new all-natural alternative to coffee is gaining major popularity: mushroom tonics, or "mushroom coffee."
When you drink regular coffee, the caffeine increases the amount of cortisol—a stress hormone—in the body. When you face constant stress, the coffee that once helped you focus can make you on edge—and you experience what scientists call "adrenal fatigue."
All mushrooms help us find mental clarity, but it's up to you to choose which variety or blends to make your coffee or tonic from. Chaga reduce the inflammation that comes with adrenal burnout, shiitake have a similar effect, and Lion's Mane make it easier to focus. Additionally, the fungus contains high levels of antioxidants that are also good for your health.
There are a few ways you can make your coffee alternative: by roasting your own mushrooms on low for a few hours to form a quasi powder, buying premade mushroom powder and putting it in your favorite beverage, or by mixing a mushroom coffee packet into hot water or your morning smoothie. Which method will you choose?
For other healthy coffee alternatives, be sure to read about how to make a turmeric latte, and tell us whether you would try a mushroom tonic in the comments!