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5 Surprising Benefits Of Maca Root in the Menopause

5 Surprising Benefits Of Maca Root in the Menopause

Tired of living in your Menopausal body? Want to be more like Wonder Women? Maca may be the answer to your woes. Millions of women worldwide are currently experiencing hormonal disharmony, commonly known as the menopause. Of these women that seek medical assistance, a high percentage will be prescribed HRT to keep their symptoms at bay.

But what is available to women if they choose not to use HRT? What other options are there?

“No matter how many hours I slept, each morning I would wake tired and exhausted. I was turning into a frazzled, tired, overweight, working mother. I did not want to go on HRT for various reasons, but also knew that I could not keep living like this.” – Jane B.

Jane is not alone in her quest for alternative therapies for relieving menopause symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats. While anti-depressants, painkillers and sleeping pills may be prescribed for various complaints associated with the menopause, these are only short-term solutions. They are only addressing the symptoms; the true root cause of hormonal imbalance is not being addressed.

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Maca is an adaptogenic herb that is cultivated in the central Peruvian Andes at 12-14,000 feet under harsh natural growing and weather conditions. Double blind studies have shown benefits of taking Maca including:

  • Production of sex hormones
  • Enhanced sex drive
  • Stimulation of body metabolism
  • Control of body weight
  • Increased energy
  • Stress reduction
  • Antidepressant activity
  • Memory improvement.

Here are 5 Surprising Benefits of Maca Root in the Menopause in More Detail

1. Bone Health

Hormones have a major affect on bone density. Every day your cells are breaking down old bone (osteoclasts) as well as building new bone (osteoblasts). These cells act under the guidance of hormones and are hence invigorated or slowed down by your hormones.

Oestrogen slows osteoclast function, thus slowing bone loss. Testosterone and progesterone invigorate osteoblasts thus supporting bone growth.

As you approach menopause, bone starts to break down faster than it is being created due to the decrease in oestrogen being produced. Gastrointestinal absorption and metabolism slow down also with increasing age, thus reducing absorption of key minerals such as calcium, magnesium and vitamin K, thus adding to your bone density woes.

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Maca supports the HPA axis (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis), which assists with having a positive impact on hormone production as well as metabolism, thus increasing absorption of much needed minerals for bone development.

2. Mental Health

Cognitive function, memory loss and mood fluctuations are three symptoms commonly seen in menopause. The cause of these debilitating symptoms is low levels of oestrogen circulating.

Low levels of oestrogen can result in mood changes, memory issues and brain fog as well as impacting on the transmission of serotonin. Serotonin is the most important neurotransmitter for mood regulation, especially depression. Stress is also very common in menopause. Where there is stress, cortisol is released to help the body cope with the stress, which has a myriad of effects on mood also.

Maca has been found to support oestrogen and may reduce cortisol when it is secreted in excess.

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3. Hair, Skin & Nails

Oestrogen plays a major role in regulating the thickness of your skin; its moisture content, suppleness, wrinkle formation and blood flow to the skin.

Oestrogen also affects hair growth. Post menopausal women often find themselves with head hair thinning while facial hair may grow thicker. In these women, oestrogen is decreasing more than testosterone levels leaving the woman with more testosterone than she would like to have.

Maca assists in balancing testosterone and oestrogen, as well as cortisol, resulting in improvements in complexion, skin elasticity and quality of hair growth.

4. Reduces Hot Flushes and Night Sweats

As a hormone balancer, research shows that women taking a maca root supplement enjoyed a reduction in many of the most common menopause symptoms, such as hot flushes, sleep disruptions, night sweats, and depression. It was noted that the gelatinised form, as opposed to powder, of Maca works best in this situation.

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5. Weight Loss

Sudden weight gain is a common complaint in the menopause.

Maca supports your body by balancing and regulating your happy and stress hormone. By aiding your response to stress in menopause, in its adaptogenic role, Maca also helps in the battle of the bulge. Stress can lead to binge eating, especially regarding unhealthy foods interfering with success in losing weight.

Maca assists in helping you gain energy necessary for you to thrive any hectic lifestyle. Your stress levels will be naturally decreased and you will achieve greater control over your eating habits thus reducing the chances of gaining fat.

Please note Maca is not recommended for individuals who have been prescribed or are currently taking Tamoxifen or any medications used to suppress hormone production. As always, be sure to seek medical assistance if you wish to try Maca root, or any other alternative remedy suggested for menopause.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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