Maca For Moms: a natural pick-me-up

milkshakeFeeling sluggish? Instead of reaching for another cup of coffee which will elevate your cortisol levels (your stress hormone), why not turn to maca?

Maca is a little-known but highly effective energy booster that provides essential nutrients for physical and mental performance – something your cup of joe won’t do.  You can add it to the smoothie recipe at the bottom of this post.

One core reason many of us busy moms feel run down is that  our chronic stress has lead to adrenal fatigue.

We’re busy, we worry, we have a million things on our minds.  We are under chronic stress.  Our adrenal glands,  walnut-sized organs located above our kidneys, produce several powerful hormones like cortisol and adrenaline in response to this stress. When we’re under the prolonged, constant stress of having too much to do in too little time, our cortisol levels run amok and eventually these small glands bottom out.

Over time, our cortisol receptors become resistant and our adrenal glands fail to produce adequate hormones.  The process is quite similar to the process of developing diabetes.  In the case of diabetes,  the organ is the pancreas, the hormone is insulin and the trigger is sugar.  In the case of adrenal fatigue, the organ is the adrenal gland, the hormone is cortisol, and the trigger is chronic stress.

Because cortisol has an effect on so many body systems and processes, when our cortisol rhythm is out of whack we feel tired, we gain weight, we get sick, and  we just can’t muster up the energy to make dinner for the family. Small things become huge obstacles because of adrenal fatigue.

Unfortunately, coffee does a really good job of elevating cortisol.  Damn!

But Maca is here to help.

The secret to maca’s ability to increase energy lies in the fact that it supports our body’s over-worked adrenal glands. Like ginseng, maca is an adaptogen which means it supports an overworked stress response. After a short period of maca use, many people notice a noticeably improvement in their cognitive ability in addition to increased energy.

 

This super food contains significant amounts of Vitamin B2, B3, B6, and C as well as calcium, iodine, zinc and iron which all support a stressed out body.  It naturally contains zinc and plant sterols, which are potent immune enhancers to help keep you healthy and energized during cold and flu season.  Maca is also  loaded with energy-producing, protein-building amino acids that fuel the body.  With its incredible nutrient profile, supplement savvy athletes are even using maca to improve their energy level without over-stimulating their body.

 

I have not found sufficient research to say whether maca is ok for children or breastfeeding moms, so proceed with caution there.  But for busy moms, it’s a great thing to add to your smoothie in the morning or mid afternoon to keep you movin’.

 

Chocolate-Maca-Pick-Me-Up

Ingredients

  • 1-2 medjool dates, pitted and soaked 10 minutes (if your blender isn't powerful enough to pulverize the dates, try date sugar or honey instead. Or you might be able to omit altogether depending on how sweet you like your smoothie)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 frozen (or not) banana, cut in chunks
  • 1 tablespoons raw cocoa powder (more or less depending on your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon raw maca powder
  • 1 handful raw or steamed/cooled greens
  • 1 serving protein powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Blend it all together and enjoy!
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What do you think?  Have you tried Maca?  Tell us in the comments below

 

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