by Alyssa Leavy | Zoom Out Mycology
Why you should be sipping our carefully curated selection of teas all year long...
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The fungus kingdom contains a wealth of diversity that humans have tapped into for thousands of years. The fruiting reproductive bodies of mycelium, i.e. mushrooms, serve many functions - as ingredients in our favorite dishes, as psychoactive substances, delicious tea, and medicine. However, the medicinal benefits of mushrooms are not exclusive to refined compounds found in pills and creams; you can improve your health by incorporating the right mushrooms into your diet. Whether or not you’re someone who brews a cuppa every chance you get (like yours truly), it could be time to make a routine of savoring these flavorful brews. Here at Zoom Out Mycology, we have four varieties of loose leaf teas that bring mushrooms into the mix, or nix tea leaves altogether. The result is earthy blends for every season with health incentives well worth the walk on the wild side.
Zoom Out has harnessed the power of three hearty mushrooms for our fungi fans. As Western research catches up to traditional Eastern medicine, more studies are backing beliefs about immunostimulation, antioxidant, anti aging and even anticancer properties (Researchgate). The potential health benefits of our teas are summarized in the table below. Read on to delve further into our blends and mycological heros, reishi, lion's mane, and maitake, to explore the magic within!
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by Neil Stalter | Zoom Out Mycology
Water is the most destructive force on the planet, causing billions of dollars in property damage and tens of thousands of casualties every year. Much of this is due to flooding is the major culprit in this destruction. Streets, homes, and businesses filling with water can shake the very foundation of a community, and it will never be the same. Consider for example, the flooding following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. To this day, communities (particularly poor and underprivileged areas) are still feeling the lingering effects of the flooding the storm left in its wake. (1) Puerto Rico, in a similar fashion, will continue to feel the effects of Hurricane Maria indefinitely; not the least of which the loss of life the storm and subsequent flooding caused. Unfortunately, the country and planet now face a growing problem that will increase the frequency and intensity of these flooding events: sea level rise.
by Alyssa Leavy | Zoom Out Mycology
How glaciers serve as our main defense against one of the largest releases of greenhouse gases in history.
Glaciers are an essential part of our planet’s landscape and climate. Although they seem remote, their presence is felt in every corner of the globe. Ten percent of land is covered with glacial ice, adding up to over 5.8 million square miles (NSIDC)(2). Glaciers contain so much water that if they were all to melt the sea level would rise 230 feet (NSIDC)(2). To put this in perspective, sea levels are expected to rise about 3 feet by 2070. Taking into account that many delta cities are concurrently losing their foundation sediment and our planet’s growing population, that 3 foot rise in sea level will put about 150 million people at risk of flooding in coastal areas (The World in 2050)(3). Another consideration is that as glaciers melt, we will also lose our fresh water reserve, since glaciers store about 75 percent of the world's fresh water (NSIDC)(2).
Glaciers also influence climate patterns and reflect the sun's rays, protecting against intensifying natural disasters and rising global temperatures. That’s enough for me to change my habits, but if you’re not convinced that we need to conserve these icy habitats, then read on!
Glaciers are integral to human survival in many ways and scientists are discovering another critical protection that dates back millions of years. As the Earth has cycled through warm and cold periods, organic matter has flourished, died and been encased in ice, unable to decompose. This makes glaciers one of the largest carbon sinks on the planet. If global warming trends continue, all of that organic carbon could be released as glaciers melt, spewing carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere. It’s a startling thought to say the least, but before we can understand the magnitude of this issue, we need a little history lesson on the holocene.
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