Peruvian Superfoods to Help Fight Adrenal Fatigue
One of the most common health conditions people face today is chronic stress and inflammation. And even though it can range from mild to severe, for most people, it tends to go worse over time, causing everything from diabetes and cardiovascular diseases to adrenal fatigue and even cancer.
Peru is a country with rich soil, unique weather patterns, and an incredible landscape. It’s also home to a variety of health-boosting superfoods like maca, yacon, and the amazing Criollo cacao which have some of the highest levels of antioxidants in the world. These incredible compounds can help fight chronic stress and adrenal fatigue, promoting overall health and increasing longevity.
The phrase adrenal fatigue has been the topic of controversy amongst experts, leaving many of them wondering if it’s even real. Still, whether it’s the right term to describe this health condition or not, it symbolizes a variety of symptoms that come as a result of chronic stress and lack of rest which is best described as “burnout.”
Adrenal fatigue manifests itself as a chronic case of tiredness, fatigue, brain fog, low energy, low libido, depressive mood, and even weight gain. And since your adrenal glands produce a variety of hormones, including stress hormones (cortisol, adrenalin, noradrenalin), when there’s an imbalance or inflammation that impairs their function, it’s generally considered to be a case of adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue can manifest itself differently in different people, but the general feeling of tiredness and overwhelming fatigue are usually common themes. Over time, adrenal fatigue can cause other health conditions related to elevated levels of stress hormones, so it’s important to find ways to deal with this imbalance in your body.
Some of the best ways to fight adrenal fatigue include changing your diet, improving your sleep, increasing your daily movement, and including plenty of self-care and stress-reducing routines into your day.
When it comes to food, it’s important to clean your diet from artificial ingredients, added sugars, hydrogenated fats, and ultra-processed foods. But, it’s just as important (or even more important) to add micronutrient-rich superfoods into your diet to support your body from the inside out, lower your inflammation, strengthen your immune system, and help you fight whatever is causing you harm.
Coming from the root of the maca plant, this incredible superfood has been known for its healing and stress-reducing properties for thousands of years. It’s especially valued for its hormone-balancing and antioxidant properties that lower your stress hormones and promote healthy and balanced production of cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline.
It’s also known for its positive effect on women’s reproductive hormones, especially during menopause, helping reduce the intensity of the unpleasant symptoms, increase their energy, relieve depressive mood, and help improve their quality of life.
Our gelatinized maca powder is directly sourced from Peruvian farms and it’s cultivated at 14 000 feet above sea level, making it extremely high in nutrients. It only takes a little to feel her healing effects, so start by adding a teaspoon to your morning coffee, tea, smoothies, or even desserts.
Another amazing Peruvian superfood that’s known for its mood-boosting, energy-improving, and stress-reducing properties is lucuma powder. This low-glycemic, natural sweetener comes from the fruit of the Pouteria lucuma tree, and it’s incredibly high in inflammation-fighting antioxidants that directly impact your body’s stress response and help fight free radicals and their oxidative damage.
Our lucuma powder is directly sourced from the high altitudes of Peru and its unique flavor makes it an excellent sugar substitute for a large variety of desserts. A cross between maple syrup, vanilla, fig, and butterscotch, this potent powder is high in immune-boosting vitamin C, potassium, and B vitamins, making it a great addition to your diet.
Criollo Cacao Powder
That cacao boosts your happiness hormones and relieves stress isn’t a surprise, but the actual reason behind it has more than just delicious taste as an answer. Cacao is one of the highest antioxidant-rich foods in the world, helping your body fight free radicals, lower inflammation, reduce your stress levels, and strengthen your immune system.
It also helps improve your mood, naturally increases your levels of serotonin and endorphins, and helps you relax. Our Criollo cacao is raw, organic, and comes from the sacred Peruvian Criollo tree. It’s higher in theobromine than most cacao powders on the market and has 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries. We love adding it to practically everything from chocolate smoothies and cakes to brownies and chia seed puddings.
Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most important micronutrients to add to your diet on a daily basis, whether through food or as a supplement. Chia seeds pack a bunch of these essential fatty acids in only two tablespoons. One serving contains a whopping seven grams of omega-3 fatty acids, making it incredibly easy to add them to your daily diet.
These healthy fats help improve and protect your cardiovascular health, promote balance amongst your hormones, reduce your stress and inflammation, and even help lower your cholesterol and balance your blood sugar levels.
Chia seeds are also rich in free-radical fighting antioxidants, as well as fiber, helping improve your digestion, enhance nutrient absorption, and promote better waste and toxin disposal.
Our chia seeds are cultivated at high Peruvian altitudes, and they’re raw, organic, and incredibly high in nutrients. They’re easy to add to your daily diet and make chia seed puddings, add them to your pancake and waffle mix, sprinkle on salads, and mix into smoothies. They even make an excellent substitute for eggs as when they’re soaked in water, they turn into a gelatinous mixture that acts as a binder. Many vegan recipes use “chia seed egg” instead of synthetic “vegan eggs” which then even increases the micronutrient richness of the meal itself.
Whether you believe in adrenal fatigue as a true condition or not, its unpleasant symptoms are hard to ignore. The overwhelming tiredness, brain fog, low energy levels, and depressive mood make it hard to function on a day-to-day basis. Even more so if you’re working in a high-stress environment, have young kids, and are constantly running around trying to get everything done.
This condition makes it almost impossible to be productive, creative, and efficient, and still have the energy to play with your kids and keep your house in check. Fight adrenal fatigue with the right nutrients and feel yourself getting better one day at a time.