Bigger and better is the American way. Many of us have super-sized our homes, our cars, our stereos and our televisions to keep up with the Jones family next door. A little competition can be healthy, but it can have serious consequences when it becomes extreme.
A honking horn in traffic. A tapping foot in a long line. Another beer. A closed door. Everywhere we look, there are signs of an epidemic of bad moods and bad behavior—we are a nation suffering a 32% incidence of anxiety, depression and drug problems (1).
Those looking to achieve healthy aging may want to start small. Very small. Microscopically small, in fact, with cellular function. The mechanisms of aging are complex and not completely understood, but cellular health is one aging topic revisited again and again by researchers.
Our bodies are put through battle everyday—we are exposed to toxins, bacteria, viruses, environmental substances and, especially, our everyday stresses. To ensure our immune systems are performing at optimal levels against daily assailants and chronic aggressors, we might look to an unlikely place for an ally: the dark, damp and hidden places of the forest—home to mushrooms.