HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Having started the superfood powerhouse
Made of espresso, raw cacao, gelatinised maca, chaga, cordyceps, reishi, lion’s mane and coconut buttermilk, it had the town of Mount Maunganui buzzing.
It gathered so much attention that it caught the eye of Government officials at the Ministry of Primary Industries, who then proceeded to threaten hefty fines for the use of ‘novel’ ingredients (true story).
We also ruffled a few MPI feathers when we were serving the Hemp 'dog-bowl' - when hemp was only allowed for animal consumption. A delicious smoothie bowl full of coconut butter, banana, cacao, hemp seeds and hemp protein, and layered with an assortment of toppings, it was for dogs only. We thought we were hilarious.*
It is a shame to make these adaptogenic, potent mushrooms and herbs that have been used for centuries unavailable to the general public in a ready-to-drink elixir.
Hence the desire to provide a make-it-yourself concoction.
Born was the idea for Flow State.
With premium quality ingredients being of utmost importance, we proceeded to import 50 different samples from four different countries, testing each of them through both Hill Laboratories and Massey University for heavy metals, pesticide residue and microbials. Being shocked is an understatement - as the vast majority of these mushroom extract samples were riddled with harmful levels of heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Because there is no governing body here in New Zealand in the supplement field, there are no requirements to prove the safety of any ingredient / product. It's an absolute wild west.
We found our sources, locked them in, and proceed to test each batch for safety. We don't need a governing body to tell us to prove the safety of these mushrooms - we go the extra mile ourselves. In all hoensty, we wouldn't be able to sleep at night not knowing if our products are safe or not, knowing that so many of you are consuming our products on the daily.
This all comes down to both knowledge and ownership of one's own health. Most people have no idea that what they are consuming is detrimental to their health. At Flow State, we value transparency, and believe that this quality is the reason our business has reached new heights.
To sum up, we're a small business who is looking at instigating change into how we look at consumables. Hopefully the bi players catch on! Thank you for your support, Dave, Rachel and Bodhi.
We encourage you to do your own research on these mushroom extracts. We’ve embraced them.
*(Note for those who think this is a dig: We think MPI does a fantastic job keeping our country safe from invasive species, and it is an important and continuous task to ensure that the taonga of this land is protected. We appreciate this work).
DAVE & RACHEL
David and Rachel are a beautiful example of polarities harmonised. Together, they embody the masculine/feminine, yin/yang, order/chaos structure of the universe in human form. These two alchemise polarities and synchronise dualities through food, community, creative self-expression, and controversial mind-states of bliss. You can find Rachel enjoying her quiet mornings, teaching yoga and meditation, or pottering in the garden. Dave you'll find with pen to paper, bringing his latest idea into reality, or on the beach or the bush. Both use Flow State on the regular to maintain optimum physical health and cognitive functioning.