Wild food is anything that is edible that has had no management or intervention to increase its production. A wild food is as it sounds, wild as it would be found in nature. Although, it is increasingly hard to locate and source wild foods in our modern day, we still wanted to include wild foods in our diet and on our menu. Our main ingredient with the wild claim to fame is our Chaga mushroom. Hunted, sourced and picked right off the tree from our friend in Eastern Canada to us at Wild & Raw.
Raw means the integrity of the ingredient is intact due to lack of processing, pasteurizing and heating, which eliminate the benefits of your fruit and veggies. We keep things in the raw to help preserve the optimal levels of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and live enzymes found in the natural state of food.
Even if you’re consuming food that is 100% raw, it isn’t optimal unless the raw ingredients are organic. Organic means the produce is grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides to make beverages that are naturally delicious, residue-free and sustainable. If it says Organic, you can enjoy consuming with a clean and healthy conscience. We are committed to sourcing as much local and sustainable produce that is Organic, GMO free available to us and conscious of the environment.
By definition, a superfood is a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. All of our fruits and vegetables, especially when organic, raw and local, are superfoods in themselves which make our drinks healthy in even their most simple form. However, our recipes are loaded and abundant with superfood sidekicks like maca, schizandra, colostrum, cacao , to name a few, that take the health enriching abilities to the next level. Check our Superfoods page for more details on the unique and powerful properties of all our superfoods.
By definition, an elixir is a potion with magical or medicinal properties. Elixirs supposedly have the ability to extend life indefinitely. Although we can’t claim our elixirs will make you immortal, we can claim that many of our ingredients, superfoods and herbs in our magical concoctions posses properties that will highly positively impact your body and minds ability for ultimate performance. Our elixirs’ magical and medicinal properties are to boost and fortify your immune system, extend and sustain your energy, enhance and fine-tune your brains ability to focus and perform. No matter which elixir you are called to try, the quality of life enhancement is guaranteed.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind & body practices to treat and prevent health issues. When diagnosing all aspects of health, TCM practitioners look to the Three Treasures to find the root of the issue in the mind, body, spirit. The Three Treasures of Traditional Chinese Medicine are Jing, Qi and Shen. Ancient Chinese herbs and superfoods to spot throughout our menu are schizandra, sacred lotus & pine pollen, reishi and other medicinal mushrooms.
JING, or essence, is the source of all life and is the most dense of the three treasures. Yin in nature and responsible for governing growth, development and sexuality.
QI, known by many cultures, gives us the ability to activate and move our bodies and is the most refined treasure. Yang in nature and responsible for governing the manifestation of energy and movement.
SHEN is the most subtle of the three treasures and is the vitality behind Jing and Qi. Shen represents the spirit and is responsible for shaping and governing our personality, emotional and mental aspects.
Like TCM, Ayurveda is another ancient and traditional system. Ayurveda originated in ancient India and is a profoundly intricate system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balancing the bodily systems with diet, herbal treatment, yoga and yogic breathing. Ayurvedic practitioners believe everyones body has an individual and custom profile called the Dosha’s. The three Dosha profiles are Kapha, Vata and Pitta. Many of our products were designed to enhance, balance and calm the three doshas.
KAPHA – Earth + Water constitution. Kapha governs the structure and fluids in the human body. Responsible for immune system and body hydration. Kapha body types are dense, strong, soft, smooth, cool and oily. Kapha in balance is regular digestion and sleep, strong stamina, patience and calm mind. Kapha out of balance is lethargic, heavy, stubborn, cloudy, excess weight gain, depression. Kapha season is Winter into Spring. Kapha soothing foods are light, warm, spicy, and stimulating.
PITTA – Water + Fire constitution. The Pitta dosha controls digestion, metabolism and energy production. It is the fire of the human body and primary function is transformation. Pittas are usually medium body frame and weight and typically have a fiery nature manifested in mind and body. Pitta in balance have excellent digestion and metabolism, strong appetites, high performance and stamina and abundant energy. When Pitta is out of balance, suffer from excess of heat in body and mind like heartburn, indigestion, anger, rashes, and short tempers. Pitta season is Summer into Fall. Pitta pacifying foods are sweet and cooling.
VATA – Air + Ether constitution. Vata is responsible for the bodies movement and processes of elimination. Vata governs the mind and central nervous system. Vata body types are light, agile, energetic, dry, thin. When Vatas are in balance, they are energetic, creative, flexible and overall healthy. Vata out of balance is and prone to anxiety, sensitive digestion, and disrupted sleep. Vata season is Fall into Winter. Vata balancing foods are oily, warming and heavy to help ground and settle.
Medicinal mushrooms are nature’s best kept secret and their health benefits could amuse you for pages. Here are some fun and relevant facts about the fungi kingdom. We humans share 30%-50% of the same genes with mushrooms. This helps the body to optimize identification, absorption and use of the medicinal properties, when ingested. Ancient Chinese discovered and started harnessing the power of medicinal mushrooms over 4, 000 years ago. Today, even pharmacists utilize medicinal mushrooms, as more than 40% of pharmaceutical drugs being sold include mushrooms – most famously penicillin!
And just a fun fact about fungi – The number of fungal species has been estimated to be about 5.1 million. That is six times more than plants!
You will find chaga, reishi, maitake, cordyceps, shitake & lions mane mushrooms on our menu and in our store for retail.
Chaga mushrooms, also known in Asia as a “gift from god”, have been enjoyed dating back to the 16th Century for its unique healing and restorative properties. Chaga mushrooms possess one of the highest antioxidant levels in the entire world. Rich with vitamins such as calcium, iron, manganese and more, the chaga mushroom is an effective antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal as well as boosting the human immune system. Research has identified the chaga mushroom in its ability to prevent serious illness and helps the body naturally fight off cancer and HIV.
With so many impressive benefits, it is no wonder why we incorporated this incredible mushroom into so many of our drinks, as well as offer it to be enjoyed as a stand-alone tea. Check out our Our Products and Blog to find out more about this incredible fungi and to learn about the fun-guy whole harvests Wild&Raw Chaga.
Every day your body goes through a natural chemical process known as oxidation. Normal body functions such as breathing or physical activity produce substances called “free radicals”. Free radicals are highly reactive chemicals that have the potential to harm cells. In addition, such activities as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, or even getting stressed can lead to the acceleration of free radicals. Antioxidants are chemicals that neutralize free radicals, thus preventing them from inflicting damage. The body relies on external sources in one’s diet to extract the antioxidants its needs to defend itself against free radicals. Many of our fruits and vegetables harness this power, most notably the chaga mushroom.
Adaptogens are plants, herbs, fruits and flowers that have harnessed nature’s strength to combat stress, regulate and normalize the body’s functioning and systems without interfering with the body’s natural state. Our key stress warriors you will see widely used on our menu are Maca, Medicinal Mushrooms, Schizandra, Goji, Blueberries, Ginger and Cinnamon. Check out our Ingredients to learn more about these powerful foods.