Have you been looking at minimizing your caffeine consumption? I know I have. In fact, I started realizing a few things:
- My daily brew doesn’t pack a punch as it used to (sad reality)
- I’ve been drinking a lot more than I want (shocking)
- If I stop having a cup in the morning, I get a crazy headache (symptom)
- I am addicted to caffeine (my realization)
Can you relate to any of the above?
Or better yet, what have you done to try and limit your caffeine consumption?
Before you ask, yes, I have tried to drink tea. It works some of the time, but it’s not the same as coffee. I enjoy tea, but it doesn’t give me the boost that coffee does.
Then I started hearing about Mud, or better yet Mud/Wtr
I started looking online for all the reviews and videos I could find. I ultimately decided to purchase my first shipment of Mud.
I have to say, and my experience is close to many others.
Just a side note, I will be referring to Mud/Wtr as Mud, as you might have started to notice already. It’s easier, and that’s just what we will be doing. Just remember that I’m not talking about actual mud but rather the powder.
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I know it would be easier to keep drinking coffee. But for me, I don’t like being dependant on it, and frankly, I am.
So, every so often, as I’ve done in the past, I like to take a break from coffee. It’s also a fun play on words, taking a “Coffee Break.”
When I have done this coffee break, I experience some withdrawals, headaches being the most common and the one I really don’t like. But, I know it’s temporary and generally only lasts a few days. And after I know, I will feel better.
To accomplish this, I start drinking more tea and sometimes chi. But, this break is going to be different. I have been very interested in seeing what Mud/Wtr is all about.
What Is Mud/Wtr?
First of all, what the heck is this Mud thing I’m talking about? First off, again, it’s not real mud, silly. But if you look at the image, you might think it is.
When you visit the Mud website, you will see the quote, “We’re not mad at coffee, just disappointed.”
You can click the quote above to learn more. Otherwise, here is what’s in each scoop:
- Masala Chai – Black tea powder, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, black pepper, cinnamon, and cloves.
- Cacao – Improves mood, increases alertness, enhances performance, and strengthens your immunity.
- Lion’s Mane – Added for your brain to inspire clarity, creativity, and mood.
- Chaga – Cultures have been drinking Chaga for centuries for anti-aging properties.
- Reishi – Added to support your health and immunity.
- Cordyceps – Optimizes oxygen uptake and delivery to increase vitality and endurance.
- Turmeric – A powerful anti-inflammatory used in Chinese and Indian medicine for millennia.
- Cinnamon – It’s anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory while being pro-tasty.
- Himalayan Salt – Hydrates the body, balances its pH levels, and gets your body some much-needed minerals.
Something to keep in mind. Mud does not include any sugar or any other sweeteners.
Another thing to note is that although Mud contains mushrooms, it’s not the one that will make you trip out.
The Mud Community
As I was searching for reviews, I found that there is a rather large Mud community. But then again, you can find community around pretty much everything these days.
Not only that, but I really like Mud’s marketing team. They have some fun ways of getting the word out about this product.
And because I mentioned above that, I didn’t take any photographs of my “First Unboxing” of mud. I searched ‘the YouTube’ to find one of the videos I liked the best. So check out the one below, recorded by Adam (from City Trekker).
The one difference when I used the Whip, Mud spilled everywhere.
A few tips for using the Whip (you can thank me later)
- Use a larger mug than you think you need
- Don’t put all the liquid of choice in the mug (you can add more later)
- Hold the Whip at a slight angle
- Never put the Whip all the way in your mug
If you didn’t watch the video but want to see his first reaction (again, similar to my own), jump to 8:59 in the video. Yep, that did it for me too, “Tastes healthy.”
After drinking mud daily for a while now, I honestly have started liking it. If you want to know how I drink my Mud, I’ll put that towards the end of this review.
If you are interested, Adam shares how he makes his Mud at 11:59 in the video.
My Reactions To Mud
In this section, I’m going to share with you my honest review of Mud. I took a few notes from the last 30-days and wanted to share them with you. If this doesn’t interest you, skip to the next section on how I make my Mud.
Before deciding to purchase Mud, I had one big question. Is it worth it? I have tried other subscription companies (most recently Athletic Greens, but damn, that product expensive. If you are interested in what I think of AG, leave me a comment below).
It didn’t take me long to find they have an introduction offer, which I shared above. You get the Mud, creamer, and the Whip.
I used a link that got me $10 off my first purchase. If you want to get your own $10 off, click here or on any of the photos in this post!
After deciding the price was worth paying, my next question was if it would work? I’ve tried other coffee alternatives and haven’t liked any of them. So, I went back to their website and looked at all the ingredients. Mainly due to having food allergies. I was pleased to find that I can drink Mud!
Did I really say that?
First Taste Test
As I mentioned, I was very excited and maybe too excited.
My first impression was that I liked how the product was shipped. Not only was the box fun, but they packaged it so that nothing moved around or shifted.
Again, I got the starter kit. I immediately opened the Mud container. I did something that I normally don’t do and smelled the powder. I’m happy to report that it has a good smell, almost like sweet chai (which we’ll talk about in a second).
I got some hot water to make my first cup. I made it the “OG” method with just hot water and a spoon full of Mud.
With my first sip, I realized that it does not taste as it smells. It’s more of a healthy taste.
The closest comparison I can make is that it tastes like unsweetened dirty chi tea, which has never been my favorite.
Day Two of Mud
Today I decided to put the coffee aside. I boiled my water and pulled out the coconut creamer sample packet that came with my starter kit.
It made the Mud taste better with the creamer, but I still didn’t know if I like it overall.
Just as a side note, when I wake up in the morning, I start by making coffee. Another reminder, this was my first day without coffee in I don’t know how long. As a result, it wasn’t long for the headache to kick in.
This was also when I started thinking if this Mud experiment was going to be worth it.
I started dreaming about coffee. After all, the day prior, I was camping. When I woke up, I made coffee and was listening to the birds singing.
Then, the pounding headache made me snap back to reality.
I pictured drinking the Mud in my hand instead of coffee while camping. I really doubt Mud would give me the same birds singing, coffee aroma, and peace.
First Week(ish) Recap
First of all, as expected, the headache won.
Reading the Mud website suggested, to us coffee lovers, to slowly remove coffee. AKA, don’t just stop cold turkey. I would have to agree, As I gave in and started making coffee most mornings.
But, since drinking Mud, I’m drinking way less coffee!
I feel for those who get headaches. As someone that doesn’t generally get them, they are rough.
Getting back to the taste of Mud. I’ve never liked drinking any “Dirty Chi” teas, but Mud seems a bit different. I think I’m starting to enjoy Mud. I have found a few ways I enjoy making it and continue experimenting with others that I find (from the Mud community, that is).
Another interesting thing is that I do feel more focused after drinking Mud. Even better, there are some days that I wake up and don’t feel like having coffee. I instead reach for Mud. How crazy is that?
With this experiment, I’ve been very interested to see if I get the benefits the company talks about. During my Mud experiment, I have achieved:
- Some energy but no crash
- Sleeping better
- No jitters, which is common with other caffeine drinks and coffee
How I’m Using Mud
If you decide to try Mud, read their website, or check out other reviews. You will quickly notice there are endless options of how to make Mud. I think it’s best to think of it as a base. You can experiment for yourself and come up with what works for you.
As I promised, There are two ways I’ve been enjoying my Mud.
- Room temperature water or cold milk.
- Adding it to my smoothie or chocolate protein powder.
Since my Mud experiment, I have been getting a few questions already. So I will answer a few of them below before wrapping this all up.
Questions About Mud
Again you can check out their website for more information or click on any picture on this review, but here are my own reactions to questions you might have.
What to do with the sediment?
First off, after my first cup, I realized what this meant. Remember to not drink all the way to the bottom of your cup! There will be some sediment (or sludge) at the bottom, and it tastes very chalky and not very good. What I do, and what the Mud team recommends, is adding some more liquid, stir it up, and drink to the bottom.
Do the mushrooms make you feel funny?
I’m not going to lie, and I had this question as well. The interesting thing is that they do not make you feel funny or trip. Not only that, but the mushrooms are organic and grown in Carlsbad, CA.
The biggest question comes from my Mum, “Why are you drinking Mud if you don’t like it?”
This is going to be a long answer because I have two examples for you. It’s funny how they are both alcohol-related, but bear with me.
I remember the first time I tried the beer. It wasn’t enjoyable! I wouldn’t say I liked it. Then many years later, I tried it again, still didn’t like it. Then, it began to grow on me, but I never “wanted” a beer.
Until I realized I love Guinness, my trip to Ireland led me to realize that I love stout beers!
The other example, and maybe more relevant, is when I first tried Fernet. I could talk about what Fernet is but know it could be described as a mixture of Listerine and Vodka. You would think that is not something you would ever want to drink. Guess what, and I LOVE IT!
I blame my ex-brother-in-law, who made me drink it. At first, I thought he was insane. Then, after about seven times choking it down, I started to like it. To the point where I buy it by the bottle.
Talk about crazy. Many of my friends still think I’m strange for liking it, but it’s delicious. Not to mention, I know nobody else will drink it (win-win).
Both those examples show that there are things in life that you need to give a chance. The difference with Mud is that it has way more benefits than my examples (let’s be real, alcohol isn’t the best for you). That was a long way of saying you should give Mud a try.
Am I going to order more?
Spoiler alert, if you noticed the Mud image in this post already, you might have already found out the answer. I ordered the big 90-day supply. Mainly due to going on my road trip in three days!
Do you have further questions?
Let me know in the comments below. As the posting of this, I’ve been drinking Mud for over 30 days now.
Are you ready for my final opinion of Mud?
My Final Opinion of Mud
I always provide my honest reviews of everything on this site. It doesn’t matter if I like it or not, but honesty is key here on Wilde Escape!
If you skipped to the final opinion, YES, I like it and think you should try it.
I just received my 90-day supply of Mud and will continue using it. I have enjoyed the product as a companion to my morning coffee. Maybe someday I’ll get rid of coffee for good, but there’s something about it that I still can’t give up.
For me, the best time to have it is in the afternoon when I’m starting to feel tired or want the extra boost. I have really liked the clarity and focus it provides to get stuff done.
If you have any further questions, I didn’t answer, please let me know in the comments.
Have you tried Mud for yourself? It would be awesome if you let me know what you thought about it.
Try Mud today. You won’t regret it!