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My medicinal mushrooms trip so far; how I found mushroom supplements that work for me

Medicinal mushrooms have become darlings of biohackers, health enthusiasts and alike. New mushroom products are popping in the marketplace, like the mushroom themselves in rainy autumn forests!

Coming from Japan, where many medicinal mushrooms like shiitake, maitake, and shimeji, are staples of its culinary culture, and their health benefits widely known, I open-handedly embraced the idea to incorporate these beneficial mushrooms in my life beyond in the form of tasty meals.

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Is standing workstation hurting Heart Rate Variability? How to improve HRV with continuous HRV monitoring

When my acupuncturist asked how my stress level was, my sincere answer used to be: “Not particularly stressed. My job is a deskwork writing emails and such. It’s not that stressful”. Little did I know!

After I started wearing my Oura ring, the most surprising findings were my deep sleep and very low nighttime HRV. (You can read my experience with hydrogen water that dramatically improved my deep sleep here.) Most of the nights my HRV was below 20, even I wasn’t training hard or facing a noticeable stress. Stress management should be #1 priority for anyone interested in hacking their health, and so I decided to dig deeper.

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Molecular hydrogen. Can it improve deep sleep?

After Nature Medicine published the now well-known study by a group of Japanese scientists [1] describing hydrogen’s selective antioxidation capacity, hydrogen was widely featured in Japanese media who reported potential health benefits of molecular hydrogen for humans. At the same time, many companies including Itoen, a major beverage company in Japan, started marketing their hydrogen products. Already in 2008 Japan had a wide variety of hydrogen water products to choose from. Following a study in 2012 [2] demonstrating decreased complications and improved survival rate from a cardiac arrest among rats, in 2016 hydrogen gas inhalation was approved as a medical intervention for patients who suffered from brain oxygen depletion following a cardiac arrest.