MANGO AND WATERMELON LASSI

Watermelon-and-Mango

Lassi is an Indian yoghurt, which has richly unique taste due to its great match for spicy ingredients and foods.

SERVES 2

2 tablespoon of maca powder

1 cup of chopped and seeded watermelon

½ cup purified water or even plain unsweetened almond milk

2 mangoes, peeled, pitted and chopped

1 cup of plain yogurt

1 tablespoon or honey

Pinch of ground cumin, cayenne or cardamom

Pinch of sea salt (optional)

Instructions

Blend all the ingredients on high until smooth.

Pour into glasses and serve


MACA’S GREEN SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE

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This superfood cleansing smoothie makes a super satisfying snack. The apple juice gives it just the right amount of sweetness, while the ginger and lemon provides a savory kick for a perfect meal replacement.

SERVES 2

¾ cup 100% pure apple juice

1 tablespoon maca powder

1 cup of fresh baby spinach

1 cup seedless watermelon or grapefruits

½ cup chopped and peeled cucumber

1 tablespoon spirulina or chlorella

¼ avocado

Fresh mint leaves for taste

1 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoons peeled, grated fresh ginger

Instructions

Blend and puree until smooth all the ingredients in a blender. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately!


MACA-CHIA LEMONADE

lemon-chiaMaca, chia, and lemon is a classic cleanse recipe since they all encourage the body to engage in its natural cleaning process, releasing and flushing out toxins and restoring balance. The syrup brings taste to the lemonade.

SERVES 1

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon maca powder

1 cup purified water

3 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Instructions

In a small bowl whisk together the chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of water. Let it stand for about 20 minutes, it will make 2 tablespoons of thick chia gel.

In a large bowl, stir in the chia gel, and the remaining ingredients. Add ice, if desired, and serve.


EXTREME MACA SMOOTHIE

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This is great smoothie that is full of nutrients, mainly for energy boost

INGREDIENTS

4 cups of milk

1 scoop whey protein

1 tablespoon Wheatgrass powder

1 handful blueberries

1 tbsp. coconut oil

1 tbsp. Maca powder

2 tbsp. raw honey

Blend all the ingredients and serve!


MACA NOON VITALITY CHARGER

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This nourishing blueberry-maca -ginger drink is perfect for a pre-workout or post-workout when you might be feeling a little sluggish. It’s loaded with antioxidants.

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup blueberries

½ cup water

2 tablespoon maca powder

1 tablespoon Spirulina powder

2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice to taste

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Pinch of cayenne pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

In a blender, purée all the ingredients until very smooth and only tiny flecks of blueberry skin remain.

Drink immediately.

Per serving: 230 calories, 3.1 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 8 mg sodium, 41 g total carbohydrate, 6 g dietary fiber, 22 g sugars, 22 g protein.


MACA MORNING VITALITY CHARGER

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Enjoy this nourishing smoothie-style cleanse first thing in the morning and it will give you a true boost of energy without caffeine. It’s loaded with health-promoting plant nutrients and has a significant amount of fiber.

Preferably use organic ingredients.

Makes 2½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 medium mango, peeled, chopped, and frozen, or 1 cup frozen mango cubes

1 cup cucumber, peeled, and chopped

2 tablespoon Maca Powder

½ cup 100% pure organic apple juice

½ packed cup fresh baby spinach (about 1 handful)

2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice to taste

In a blender, purée all the ingredients until very smooth. Drink immediately.

Per serving: 210 calories, 4 g total fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans-fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 30 mg sodium, 41 g total carbohydrate, 7 g dietary fiber, 32 g sugars, 4 g protein.

*For a lower-calorie option and fewer sugar grams, replace the ½ cup apple juice with ½ cup cold filtered water, 2 packets organic chia seeds or spirulina, and an extra 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice. Per serving: 150 calories, 3 g total fat, 0.3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans-fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 20 mg sodium, 31 g total carbohydrate, 6 g dietary fiber, 21 g sugars, 33 g protein.


ALMOND MILK SMOOTHIE

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of Almond

½ cup of frozen blueberries

1 medium size banana

1 scoop of whey protein powder

1 tablespoon chlorella or Spirulina powder supplement

1 heaping teaspoon of Maca powder

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth!


PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

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INGREDIENTS:

½ cup pineapple juice

8 tablespoons of plain yoghurt

1 small banana

1 tablespoon of sunflower seed oil

1 tablespoon of Maca powder

1 cup of strawberries or blueberries

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all ingredients into blender, blend until smooth.


Maca and the Thyroid Gland

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Millions of people all over the world suffer from thyroid dysfunctions. Hypothyroidism (Underactive thyroid), affects more than 30 million women and men (hyperthyroidism is less common). Malfunctions of the thyroid systemically jeopardize our body health. According to Naturopathic endocrinologist and Nutritionist, Laura Thompson, the thyroid gland is the master gland in the endocrine system, it is responsible for energy and metabolism, and any thyroid slowing has significant effects on the overall health of a person. The human endocrine system is mainly made of glands, primarily thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glands. These glands purposely function to release hormones, and in return, these hormones control various body activities. They affect most processes such as sexuality, digestion, metabolism, brain and the nervous system physiology. The thyroid gland stimulates metabolism in the body while also controlling the rate at which the body yields energy from the nutrients. The hormones produced by the thyroid gland affects cells, hence regulating the growth of cells, and it also controls the heartbeat rates. That why most hypothyroidism symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, infertility, depression, low body temperature.

Dr.Viana Muller’s studies on the impacts of Maca on the menopausal women indicate that some of the patients reported reduced thyroid medication, while some stopped the medication after consumption of Maca.Those who stopped taking medication claimed they felt better and more energetic. There was no provision of an exact percentage of women who improved their thyroid conditions due to Maca because at that time Dr.Muller was studying thyroid specifically, but instead, all these women reported the changes to her.

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So, what is the Role of Maca in the Thyroid Gland and How Does it Reduce the Symptoms of Thyroid Problems?

Maca basically re-starts the endocrine system. It enhances the mechanics of the endocrine system, the entire system in charge of the glands and their respective hormones. Maca doesn’t contain any hormone, yet its unique nutritional profile has essential nutrients which nourish the endocrine system while supporting the adrenal and thyroid glands produce hormones in adequate and balanced dosages as required by the needs of each person. Maca is an effective and safe non-estrogenic herb which naturally works to balance the hormonal levels without necessarily changing the thyroid chemistry. Most cases of hypothyroidism are often as a result of hormonal imbalance. Thus, the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones, slowing down the body functions.

Maca is a natural substance that helps prevent and treat goiters. More importantly, color plays a significant role in determining the content of Iodine in Maca.The darker the root, the more Iodine is present. Iodine which a great endocrine gland builder is vital for proper thyroid health. Iodine supports balanced moods, healthy metabolism, and healthy blood pressure. Inadequate Iodine in the diet can lead to hypothyroidism, low metabolism problems, goiters, mood disorders, depressions, fatigue and most conditions associated with hormonal imbalances

The hypothalamus releases the thyrotropin-stimulating hormone (TSH), which in turn stimulates the pituitary gland by releasing precursor which in turn stimulates the thyroid gland which releases thyroid hormone. Maca increases the thyroid hormone output in most people with hypothyroid conditions. Maca helps the thyroid produces the Triiodothyronine (T3) (active form) and Tetraiodothyronine (T4) (Inactive form) hormones which are vital in regulating the physiological functions in the body such as growth and developments as well as metabolism. The T4 hormone travels throughout the blood into the cells where it becomes the active form, T3.Thus, if an individual has an under-active thyroid, then the thyroid gland isn’t producing enough T4 hormone for optimal body functioning.

According to Dr.Chacon, Maca contains alkaloids which act on the pituitary –hypothalamus gland axis and the adrenal glands, creating a hormonal balance in the endocrine system, thus preventing hypothyroidism. The alkaloids present in Maca activates the hormones that are secreted by the thyroid gland. Her research shows that regular consumption of Maca balances the master gland, which is the hypothalamus. With a balanced hypothalamus, there is a balance and regulation in other glands, including the thyroid gland.

Besides Maca’s balancing properties, Maca is a powerful adaptogen that is rich in anti-oxidants and Vitamin B complex contributing to stabilizing and balancing the hormonal system. As an adaptogen, Maca responds to body needs, hence increasing the ability of the body to defend itself against mental and physical weakening.

Source:

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/415184

https://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid-nodules/thyroid-gland-controls-bodys-metabolism-how-it-works-symptoms-hyperthyroi

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614644/

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http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/viana-muller-herbs.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614596/

http://moodforlife.com/index.php/category/superfood/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874105006598

http://healingwithdrcraig.com/healing-methods/diet-nutrition/lepidium-peruvianum-maca-when-do-colors-matter/

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CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE

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2 tablespoons of all natural peanut butter/almond butter

1 scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder

1 small banana

½ cup of chocolate soy milk

1 tablespoon of Maca powder

2 ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth