EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re fans of Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD, an integrative medicine practitioner, in particular because she’s keen on bringing us the best natural solutions for optimal health and wellness. Dr. Gottfried is an expert in hormonal medicine for men and women, and enthusiastic about helping people achieve optimal health through hormonal balance. This article focuses on the benefits of Maca for hotflashes. We’re going to try it! Let us know if you do and we’ll keep you posted too.
Nodding off at your desk every day? In need of a serious mood makeover? Lagging (or completely lacking) sex drive?
Because I hear these things almost daily in my integrative medical practice and from women in my online programs, I can tell you for sure that you’re not alone.
When it comes right down to it, the hormonal chaos responsible for these types of issues can usually be traced back to three hormones I call your Charlie’s Angels: estrogen, cortisol, and thyroid. (For men, I call them the Three Amigos: testosterone, cortisol, and thyroid.)
When the Angels Get out of Sync
In most cases, estrogen dominance or low estrogen is usually the problem, but when stress hormone cortisol gets out of whack, things can go haywire too. And for those of you that have mood issues and depression, 20 percent of you also have a problem with that third Charlie’s Angel, thyroid.
So here’s the main takeaway: before you go popping antidepressants or hunting down a therapist, know that biology is most likely to blame for many of your physical and emotional symptoms. (That’s not to say you shouldn’t seek expert help if you have severe, long-term symptoms – please do.) But for many women, a few tweaks to your Charlie’s Angels and you may feel like a completely different person.
Maca to the Rescue
One good place to start?
Your morning smoothie, of course – with a good dose of superfood powerhouse maca. Maca (Lepidum
meyenii) is one of those ancient wonder foods that your grandmother’s grandmother’s grandmother was probably using to cure “female” problems way back in the day. The sweet, somewhat chalky tasting fruit has been shown to help with insomnia, energy, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, libido, and even anxiety and depression.
The root cause all of these symptoms have in common? Low estrogen. Maca extract helps to balance your Charlie’s Angels and regulate your natural monthly cycle, no drugs required.
You can pick up maca extract at your local health food store in capsule, liquid, or powder form. The common
dose is 2,000 mg/day. If you’re not a fan of the taste, you can easily mask it with raw cocoa powder or fruit in your smoothie.
Hmm…a daily dose of something that will get your juices flowing, give your mood a lift, and send your energy through the roof? I’ll drink to that!
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Sara Gottfried, M.D. teaches women how to balance their hormones naturally so they can rock their mission. She is a Harvard-educated physician, speaker and New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure (Simon & Schuster, 2013). She is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is regularly featured in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, O Magazine, and Yoga Journal, and TV including The Ricki Lake Show and 20/20. Known for effortlessly blending the seriousness of women’s health with playfulness and humor, Dr. Sara’s mission is to help women lose weight, feel great and vital from their cells to their soul.