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Have you ever gone through times in your life when dealing with stressful situations and everyday challenges left you feeling like a squeezed lemon?
Today I’ll tell you about how I’ve been trying to cope with all the stress in my life lately, and why I decided to add adaptogenic elixir blends by Rritual Superfoods into my daily self-care routine to help me with that.
These past few months have been quite stressful for me.
On top of my erratic work schedule, parenting my 3.5 year-old daughter, and chronic lack of sleep, our family has been in the middle of planning a cross-country move. (The current situation with the real estate market alone has given me a few grey hairs 😅)
Add to this the unusually hot and dry weather we’ve been dealing with here in the Pacific Northwest, and you get a picture of the hot mess I’ve become lately.
This is why I was intrigued when the folks from Rritual have reached out to me offering to try their adaptogenic superfood elixirs.
I’ve heard about adaptogens before. In a nutshell, adaptogens are a group of plants that have traditionally been used to improve our body’s ability to deal with stress, both emotional and physical* (source).
Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine has used various types of adaptogens for centuries. In the recent years the interest for adaptogens has been on the rise among health-conscious people – not surprising since our collective stress levels have gone through the roof too.
Today fancy coffee shops and smoothie bars offer various adaptogens, from ashwagandha to reishi, as add-ons to your latte or a smoothie.
I’m not the type of person who’s chasing the latest trends, but I also don’t like feeling exhausted every day. So I decided to give the Rritual elixirs a try.
What’s Rritual Anyway?
Rritual is a premium, award-winning brand of superfood supplements made with functional mushrooms and adaptogenic herbs*.
These plant-based ingredients have been used for centuries in traditional medicine thanks to their ability to support a healthy response to stress, optimize our immune health, and improve cognitive function and memory*.
The company prides itself on using only the highest quality organic, sustainably grown functional mushrooms and adaptogenic herbs in each of their signature elixirs – Chaga Immune*, Lion’s Mane Focus*, and Reishi Relax* (more about those below).
While there’s a number of other adaptogenic supplements on the market, Rritual is the only company that uses a 6-mushroom powerhouse blend (Reishi, Maitake, Shiitake, Agaricus, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail) in each of their elixirs, as well as natural prebiotics and acerola cherry powder (contains the highest amount of vitamin C in any fruit)*.
Finally, Rritual elixir blends are very versatile: they can be mixed with water, coffee or tea, used in smoothies, as a topping for oatmeal yogurt, granola, or even added in baking.
(By the way, that double R is not a misspelling – please tell this to my spell check 😃)
How I Use Rritual Superfoods Products
Before we move further, I want to make it clear that Rritual products are not a replacement for food or pharmaceutical/OTC drugs. Always consult with your healthcare provider before adding adaptogens to your wellness routine.
As much as I’d love to see lightning-fast improvements in my day-to-day stress and energy levels, I understand that taking adaptogens is a long-term kind of endeavor: you’ve got to take them every day for best results*.
Most of us aren’t very familiar with flavors of the exotic ingredients that Rritual uses in their elixirs. For that reason I was prepared to find the flavor of these supplements a bit pungent.
To my surprise, Chaga Immune* and Lion’s Mane Focus* tasted quite mild, a little on the earthy side but definitely not pungent. Reishi Relax* was my favorite since its flavor reminded me of mild, slightly sweet cocoa.
Now I’m going to tell you how I’ve been incorporating Rritual elixirs into my day-to-day routine for the past few weeks.
In the Morning
I usually wake up anywhere between 5:30 and 6:30 am, and have breakfast shortly after.
My go-to breakfast is usually overnight oats, which contrary to the popular trend, I make in a bowl, not an Instagram-perfect mason jar.
Depending on my mood I add a variety of mix-ins to my overnight oats, from cocoa powder to blackstrap molasses. Naturally, the Chaga Immune* elixir by Rritual has been in heavy rotation as one of my oatmeal toppings.
WHAT IT DOES: This elixir combines Chaga mushroom, astragalus and schisandra for optimal immune system benefits*.
WHAT IT TASTES LIKE: Earthy, woody roots and berries, ginger.
On days when my 3.5 year-old is at daycare, I like to make a pot of coffee around 10 am as I get ready to work.
When my daughter doesn’t go to daycare, I usually have coffee earlier with breakfast, or skip it and have a cup of green tea in early afternoon just as my energy levels start to dip.
Recently I’ve been adding a scoop of Lion’s Mane Focus* elixir either to my mid-morning coffee or to the afternoon tea.
WHAT IT DOES: Lion’s mane mushroom is believed to have brain-protecting qualities, and may even be helful for managing anxiety when used long-term* (source) – just what I need when I start feeling lethargic and/or owerwhelmed.
In addition to the lion’s mane mushroom, this elixir contains rhodiola root – another adaptogen that’s supposed to have brain-protective, stress-reducing capabilities* (source).
WHAT IT TASTES LIKE: Light pepper and tannins, fresh and grassy. (I usually find tannins overwhelming, but this has been fine.)
TIP: The best way to combine Rritual powdered elixirs with coffee is by blending them with warm plant-based milk using a handheld milk frother like this one (Amazon affiliate link). In just a few seconds you can mix your elixir into milk without any clumps AND develop a beautiful foam to top your coffee latte-style.
In the Evening
By the time I get to the bottom of my to-do list in the evening, I often get tempted to start on the next day’s to-do’s.
However, recently I realized that doing so zapped me out of even more energy. I needed to learn how to unwind and take care of myself properly every night.
I’ll admit that this is still a work in progress, but at least I have a new little ritual now – I make myself a cup of frothy plant-based milk with a scoop of Reishi Relax*, a pinch of cinnamon, and a touch of cardamom and/or turmeric.
WHAT IT DOES: Reishi Relax elixir contains a blend of Reishi mushroom and ashwagandha root. The combination of these two adaptogens is supposed to help body and mind combat anxiety. Long-term use may help improve quality of sleep*.
WHAT IT TASTES LIKE: Rich cacao, mildly bitter reishi with a touch of cinnamon.
Like I mentioned above, out of all elixir blends by Rritual, Reishi Relax has been my favorite flavor-wise. As someone who’s been raised on flavors of European and American food, I find the notes of cacao the most familiar to my palate.
Aside from all the good things that adaptogens and superfoods are supposed do for our health*, there’s another benefit in adding Rritual elixirs into our daily routine.
For people like myself who chronically ignore our own well-being in favor of getting to the bottom of our endless to-do lists, these supplements serve as a reminder to practice self-care.
In other words, they help us create simple rituals (or shall I say Rrituals? 😉) that will ground and invigorate us in the long term.
Bottom line: Rritual superfoods may not be a magic pill that would send our troubles away, but they can be a part of a sustainable self-care routine in our hectic day-to-day life.
You can purchase Rritual products online at www.rritual.com (Use discount code VeganRunnerEats15 for 15% off your order!) and amazon.com or find it in stores at select Rite Aid and CVS locations.
FDA DISCLAIMER: *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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