Chicory Morning Blend
For those of you struggling with hormone imbalances and menopausal symptoms, caffeine can intensify these symptoms. I’ve kicked my short-lived coffee habit in exchange for chicory. It looks like coffee and actually tastes better. If you’re looking for a way to start inching coffee out, but you just don’t feel green tea is the answer, try this on for size. I’ve included a little maca, which is an adaptogenic herb (stress mediator). Well, sort of. It’s a member of the cruciferous vegetable family (cabbage, kale, cauliflower and broccoli) and considered adaptogenic and high in antioxidents. The powder you find in the store is from the root (maybe that’s why people call it an herb; like ginger root, turmeric root). It’s said to help with hormone imbalance and menopause symptoms. However, caution is urged by women with excess estrogen issues. Here’s what WebMD has to say about it:
Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Extracts from maca might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, do not use these extracts.
If you are not taking active steps to reduce exposure to fake estrogens, you probably should avoid maca. Also, use sparingly if you suffer from thyroid conditions. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding, as there is little evidence about safety of use during these periods. Those with high blood pressure should avoid as well.
Being a hormone driven breast cancer survivor, I use maca only on occasion. My typical morning cup of chicory tea only includes cinnamon and sometimes a splash of coconut milk.