You’ve been doing a better job of mindful eating and even have a regular (although at times sporadic) workout regimen. So why do you feel sluggish, foggy, and down right tired all the time? One reason could be that your hormones are not functioning properly, because even if you are doing all the right “things,” you’ll still feel drained. This is where I found myself over the last few months. Sure, over the course of my life there have been occasions where I would feel out of balance, we all have them. But this was different. Something was clearly off. Being in the field of energy, I kept attributing this feeling to one of the following causes:
Not protecting myself fully during client sessions.
Too much toxins in my diet.
Not enough meditating.
Not enough personal energy work.
Not enough self care.
blah… blah… blah….
The real challenge started when I started having hot flashes. My mom always talked about how difficult they were to deal with, but she was always talking about her aches and pains and I viewed hot flashes as just another one of her “it sucks getting old” conversations. I had no idea hot truly uncomfortable they could be until I began having them myself.
Have you known anyone who gets an average of 5 hours of sleep per night and attacks their day like they’ve loaded up on caffeine? Me too. Well, I’m definitely NOT one of them. I need a full 8 – 9 hours to function and if you didn’t know, hot flashes and sleep are are definitely not friends. So here I was waking up every 2 hours, throwing off the covers, covered in sweat, burning up from the inside out and completely miserable. Each time, I would frantically attempted to get my body temperature back to normal by using my daughters fancy black and gold $.99 cent plastic hand-fan that we bought at a craft fair a year prior. After a few minutes, my body would cool back to normal, I would pull the covers back up and attempt to resume sleep. Not so easy, given the ritual I just performed seconds prior. This went on for a couple of days until I hit my breaking point. I found myself in the isle of the Natural Grocers looking for anything that could alleviate or at least minimize the symptoms.
After selecting a few natural remedies I headed home to give them a try. Fast forward a few weeks, still having hot flashes, still not sleeping and completely exhausted. I started thinking back to what I had done several months prior that completely rid me of the symptoms all together. The only thing I could come up with was adding in extra alkalizing greens to my diet in the form of smoothie boosters. Or maybe it was just perimenopausal symptoms that just went away naturally. I didn’t know for sure. I just knew I was going to start adding back in my alkalizing greens and see if there was a change. I knew it would take a few days to notice but I was okay with that. One of the things I found during my grocery visit was Maca Plus, a powder for women over 40 that I could easily add to my smoothies. Little did I know then, that this amazing root would be a game changer. I started adding it to my smoothies immediately. After a week or so, my symptoms became manageable. Yes I still have hot flashes, but they are way more tolerable and not nearly as often. I don’t always wake up at night and if I do, I remove the covers, allow my body to cool and go back to sleep. I no longer need the assistance of the fan. If I have one during the day, my body heats up and I let it cool down naturally. I no longer feel like I desperately need to find the closest freezer and climb into it.
I’m not a fan of pharmaceutical hormonal replacement therapy, just not aligned with my belief system. I believe that my body knows what it needs to do to be in balance and that there are natural ways to bring that alignment and balance back – I just need to discover what they are. This was one of those times. Time will tell, but for now, I believe Maca to be my saving grace. This is why?
- Women’s Health: Maca root gently stimulates our hormone systems, helping to bring them into balance and full functioning reducing the symptoms of menopause. Also beneficial in alleviating pains and cramps associated with menstruation.
- Vitamins: Maca powder is rich in vitamins B, C, and E as well as calcium, amino acids, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, and iron which are all good for cell regeneration.
- Easy to incorporate: The power can be easily incorporated into recipes and used in smoothies without altering the taste. It can also be taken as a supplement.
- Sexual enhancement: Because it balances hormones it also improves libido and endurance.
- Energy boost: Many peak performance athletes use it regularly due to its energy boosting qualities.
- Skin: Maca has been shown to reduce breakouts, clear blemishes and improve skin sensitivity.
- Improve circulation: Improved circulation equates to lower risk of heart disease and better brain function.
- Men’s Health: Not only is it great for balancing out women, it can also help men in balancing mood swings or bursts of stress and/or anxiety.
From my research, Maca is safe for most people but it is not recommended for pregnant & breastfeeding women. Nor those who are hormone-sensitive. It should go without saying, but always check with your physician or health care provider.
If you are looking for Maca, Amazon.com has a variety of brands; I always read the reviews to see how other consumers rate the different brands prior to purchasing. This page is a great place to start.
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