This ultimate hormone supporting smoothie has everything you need to naturally support your hormones and thyroid, plus it has a delicious and creamy vanilla flavor. I added maca to this smoothie to help naturally support hormone levels and Brazil nuts to support the thyroid. Here are some of the reasons both maca and Brazils nuts make this smoothie ideal for hormone balance.
Maca & Hormone Balance
Maca is considered an adaptogenic herb, so it responds to what is going on in the body. If a specific hormone level is too high, it can help bring it back into the normal range. However, if it is too low, it can help elevate it to where it needs to be. Overall, maca can help balance your hormones to better help your body respond to stress.
Having an estrogen imbalance can also cause issues with mood, fatigue, and libido. Maca may be able to help support healthy estrogen levels as well as thyroid health, and cortisol all of which are super important for overall hormonal balance.
What Kind of Maca Do I Recommend?
I personally use and recommend gelatinized maca. During the gelatinization process, the roots are separated from the fibrous parts of the maca plant. This helps to remove the starchy carbs making it higher in nutrients and easier to digest. I personally use Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Gelatinized maca which you can find on Amazon.
Brazil Nuts & Thyroid Support
Brazil nuts are a rich source of selenium which is essential for thyroid health. The best thing about Brazil nuts is that you only need a couple a day to get your daily selenium requirements, so this smoothie will have you covered! Selenium is an important part of thyroid health as selenium works to help protect thyroid cells and can help convert inactive T4 to T3. In my book, The 30-Day Thyroid Reset Plan: Disarming the 7 Hidden Triggers That are Keeping You Sick, I talk about the importance of selenium and Brazil nuts when it comes to supporting the thyroid.
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