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Amazing Benefits of Maca Powder (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Amazing Benefits of Maca Powder (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Whether it’s problems with stress, infertility or just low energy levels, maca can help you out!  This member of the cruciferous family (which also includes broccoli, cauliflower and kale) has been used in Peru for thousands of years to help with a variety of health problems. The amazing benefits of maca powder are listed below:

1. Maca Boosts Your Energy Levels

Lack of sleep and busy work schedules can leave you feeling exhausted — and this can lead to problems like irritability, overeating, and even serious problems like cardiac disease.  Maca can help with this by boosting energy levels — and it can do it without stressing your adrenal glands or causing jitteriness they way coffee and other caffeinated products do.

2. Maca Helps Prevent Nutrient Deficiencies

Our love affair with processed foods has lead to a diet which can be lacking in important nutrients — and this easily leads to deficiencies that can cause long-term health problems.  Maca can help with this problem. It is loaded with an amazing amount of nutrients, including protein and fiber, vitamins B, C and E and a whole host of minerals, including iron, copper, zinc, sulphur, selenium, magnesium and phosphorous.

3. Maca Promotes Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world — but the good news is that through diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes, the chances of heart disease can be greatly reduced.  Taking maca can be part of a heart-healthy lifestyle: its antioxidant properties help to balance cholesterol levels and increase blood circulation.

4. Maca Helps Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

Diabetic patients can struggle to manage their blood sugar levels — and this can be one of the most difficult parts of this disease. However, it has been shown that using maca on a regular basis can helped with impaired glucose tolerance and reduce glucose levels in the blood.

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5. Maca Stimulates Ovulation

For many women, especially those who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), hormone imbalances can prevent ovulation and lead to problems with fertility. Maca, however, appears to help balance this hormones and can help women to ovulate.  This is why maca has been used to increase fertility in Peru for hundreds of years.
5. Maca Helps Ease Menopause Symptoms

For women going through menopause, this change of life can bring with it a variety of unpleasant side effects.  Maca, however, can help to boost women’s moods, ease anxiety and depression and elevate libido and mood levels; this is probably due to the fact that it has been shown to raise serotonin levels.  It can even help to ease physical problems like hot flashes and sweats.

6. Maca Helps Ease Menopause Symptoms

For women going through menopause, this change of life can bring with it a variety of unpleasant side effects.  Maca, however, can help to boost women’s moods, ease anxiety and depression and elevate libido and mood levels; this is probably due to the fact that it has been shown to raise serotonin levels.  It can even help to ease physical problems like hot flashes and sweats.

7. Maca Reduces Your Chances of Infection

Sick of getting colds, the flu and other minor infections all the time? Maca can help with this as well.  As an adaptogenic herb, maca does not only make your body more impervious to stress, it can also make your immune system stronger, so that it is easier to fight off the bacteria and viruses that cause so much illness.

8. Maca Helps You Deal with Stress

Most Americans — nearly 80% in fact — report feeling at least some stress on a daily basis. Stress can lead to long-term problems like weight gain, difficulty sleeping and other serious issues.  Maca can help with those who struggle with this problem since it is an adaptogenic herb, which helps the body to better adapt to the stressors of everyday life.

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9. Maca Boosts Male Fertility

Traditional Peruvian culture has also used to treat male as well as female fertility problems.  Black maca in particular can help to increase sperm production and motility and can also support the health of the prostate. It has also been found to help with male sexual dysfunction and low libido.

Maca Powder is Versatile and Easy to Add into Many Recipes

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie

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    Nourishing Hot Cocoa

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      Fast and Simple Maca Drink Recipe

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        Chocolate Chip Cookies

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          Superfood Pudding

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            So try these recipes today and start taking advantages of the many health benefits that maca can literally bring to the table!

            Featured photo credit: Ildi Papp via shutterstock.com

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            Last Updated on September 20, 2018

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

            If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

            1. Breathe

            The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

            • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
            • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
            • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

            Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

            2. Loosen up

            After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

            Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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            3. Chew slowly

            Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

            Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

            Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

            4. Let go

            Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

            The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

            It’s not. Promise.

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            Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

            Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

            21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

            5. Enjoy the journey

            Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

            Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

            6. Look at the big picture

            The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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            Will this matter to me…

            • Next week?
            • Next month?
            • Next year?
            • In 10 years?

            Hint: No, it won’t.

            I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

            Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

            7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

            You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

            Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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            8. Practice patience every day

            Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

            • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
            • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
            • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

            Final thoughts

            Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

            Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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