One of my favorite root vegetables, that’s right a root vegetable, has the power to put you “in the mood.” It has the power to lift depression, fire up the libido (or chill it out), give sustainable energy, and regulate the endocrine system. Curious??
Those are powerful statements. I know many people looking for all of the above. This little root saved my life more than a decade ago and I have used it almost every day since. Out of balance and craving some kind of stability emotionally, physically, sexually, I found maca. Actually, maca found me. It came in and gave me everything I needed, wanted and more!
Maca was able to, quite literally, get rid of the depression I had struggled with for years. It calmed down my completely out of balance sex (over)drive AND gave me the sustained energy I needed to get through my very full schedule.
This gorgeous, powerful, little root is what’s called an “adaptogenic” food. Adaptogenic foods (or herbs) have an intelligence all their own in that, when they enter the body, they help regulate your nervous system and/or hormonal system.
How adaptogenic foods work is simple. If you need more energy, if you need more sleep, if you need a stronger libido, or a chill pill in that department, the adaptogenic food delivers. It does this on the molecular level, helping to produce neuropeptides or amino acids that act like neurotransmitters in the brain.
These help combat the steroid hormones such as cortisol, which is indicative of stress and very destructive. As a neurotransmitter in the brain, it is produced in various locations including the hypothalamus. This is VERY important to understand because when these neuropeptides are created in the hypothalamus, they regulate our ability to increase food intake, store energy, reduce anxiety, reduce stress, and to increase pain perception. They also affect our sleep cycles, reduce involuntary alcohol intake, reduce blood pressure and reduce epileptic seizures.
Take a moment to digest this information. The potency of these adaptogenic foods shows how important it is to understand the many aspects of our food. Everything you eat has the power to shift your mental and physical being in the best way ever. All it takes is a moment to stop the rat race, slow down, pay attention, do some research and discover that everything you need is in the palm of your hand.
My slogan, “There are no rules, only choices,” fits perfectly in this moment.
The reality is all rules are made up. CHOICE is the ultimate power to self-healing and self-love. What are you worth? This simple little root vegetable has the power to heal your body and your mind on a molecular level. I have seen this powerful root help every single person who has taken it, whether it was a 250-pound man working construction, a 14-year-old boy or girl going through hormonal changes, a woman in her 30s looking to reconnect with the passion of her libido, or a woman going through menopause. IT CAN HELP YOU.
Make the choice to love yourself. Yes, that is right, this IS about self-love. The root (pun intended) of every choice is in self-love.
Now, there are many forms and variations of our beloved maca root. In my studies during the past decade, I feel the best form of maca is the organic Peruvian loose powder. It allows you to use the proper dose cost effectively. The NON-geletanized maca is the best as is the powdered extract of the root. The easiest to come by is the bulk powder. You can buy it at the Longevity Warehouse. A high quality maca actually will smell and taste almost sweet, like a malted nut powder.
When you start using maca, use it in your morning or afternoon shake. Remember, it will give you sustainable energy, so it is great to take in the early part of the day or an hour before your workout!
Here is a simple recipe to get you started:
THE MERRY MACA BLAST:
3 cups spring water or coconut water
2 tbl/tbs chia seeds
2 tbl/tbs hemp seeds
3 tbl/tbs maca
2 tbl/tbs SWEET TREE by Sun & Moon Organics
1 tsp coconut oil
1 pinch sea salt
* Optional: Stevia or Xylitol as the low glycemic sweetener – it may be sweet enough with the coconut water and Sweet Tree mix.
Blend all of the above ingredients in your blender and taste it BEFORE you add the sweetener. It may be sweet enough with the coconut water and Sweet Tree Mix. After it is blended, pour into your fave glass, jar or mug and imbibe!
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Have a blessed and power-full day!