207: Santa Sold Shrooms? The Untold Story of St. Nick (& How to Stay Healthy Over the Holidays) With Tero Isokauppila

207: Santa Sold Shrooms? The Untold Story of St. Nick (& How to Stay Healthy Over the Holidays) With Tero Isokauppila

 
 
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Santa Sold Shrooms? The Untold Story of St. Nick (& How to Stay Healthy Over the Holidays) with Tero Isokauppila

Tero Isokauppila is the founder and President of Four Sigmatic, a natural superfoods company specializing in mushroom-based drink powders. I’ve interviewed him before about the many benefits of medicinal mushrooms like chaga, cordyceps, lion’s mane, and reishi. Today I get to talk to him again about a different type of mushroom and the legend surrounding it, especially relating to the Finish interpretation of the story of Santa.

Tero grew up in Finland on a family farm where his relatives had been farming and foraging for generations. We delve into this fascinating story of Christmas from another culture and also ways to stay healthy over the holidays.

Episode Highlights: “Santa Sold Shrooms”

  • Who the Sami people are and how they are pivotal to the legend of Santa
  • Where the idea of Reindeer came from
  • Where the tradition of Christmas trees came from and what red ornaments originally were
  • The history of the star on top of the Christmas tree
  • What we can learn from Finnish tradition about staying healthy in the winter
  • Foods and herbs that boost the immune system and help us avoid getting sick
  • The reason saunas are such an important part of life in Finland
  • A powerful lesson we can learn from the seasonal eating traditions around the world

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