Time and again, we’ve written about the perils of having an imbalance of hormones. When your hormones are out of sync, a host of problems arise, some can be as mildly irritating as skin problems and some can be life threatening such as cancer.
First of all, if you suspect that your hormones are imbalanced and are causing symptoms and health concerns, please go and see your doctor. But before you start pill popping, always remember that balancing hormones the natural way is always better than suddenly taking meds that can hurt your liver or cause other problems. If you can incorporate food that can help you balance out your hormones into a healthy diet, you’re on your way to feeling better and healthier!
What foods can help you balance your hormones?
Have you ever heard of the Maca root? The Maca root (Lepidium meyenii), is a medicinal herb native to Peru. It is also called the Peruvian Ginseng. The ancient Inca tribe would eat this raw, cooked, or boiled. Maca improves energy, which is why it was traditionally given to Inca warriors in the olden days. Today, a small experiment involving male cyclists resulted to an improvement on their speed after only 14 days of taking Maca supplements. Unlike caffeine, Maca can boost energy without the side effect of interfering with sleep.
Rich in Vitamin C
We’ve come a long way to discovering the other health benefits of the Maca root and have found that it is rich in vitamins C and A, as well as B2, B6 and Niacin. The maca root is also packed with minerals, including iron, zinc, iodine, calcium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium and potassium. But wait, there’s more! It also has 6 sterols, about 20 vital fatty acids, lipids, fiber, good carbohydrates, protein, and amino acids.
Not only is it a power packed superfood, it’s magic resides in the fact that Maca has been traditionally used to balance hormones, energize, and invigorate. Three major hormones (of course there are others) play a role in sending your body into hormonal chaos. These three are the major culprits in women: estrogen, cortisol, and thyroid hormones (in men, it’s these three: testosterone, cortisol, and thyroid hormones) Balancing these hormones out can be an important contribution to your wellness and improve your quality of life.
Here’s where Maca helps. Maca is known to be an endocrine adaptogen, which means it can invigorate and normalise hormone production. It balances hormone production by supporting the functions of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands - the very same glands that regulate other endocrine glands such as the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian, and testicular glands. Maca releases substances that signals to the pituitary gland to produce just the right amount of hormones. With balanced hormones, people experience an increase in energy and libido, relief from PMS, plus liver and enzyme support.
Maca has been considered as a safe and gentle alternative medicine that can be taken by most people. So if you’re looking for a natural and organic alternative to pharmaceutical meds, consider maca.
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